The Clancy Brothers Christmas (1969)   •   The Clancy Brothers

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  • The Clancy Brothers Christmas
    • 1969 - Columbia CS-9876 LP (USA)
  • Side One
    1. Jingle Bells (Buala Bas) (Arr. & Adapt. by Tom, Pat & Liam Clancy)
    2. Sing We the Virgin Mary (J.J. Niles)
    3. The Holly Tree (Arr. & Adapt. by Tom, Pat & Liam Clancy)
    4. Angels We Have Heard
    5. When Joseph Was an Old Man
    6. Christmas in Carrick (S. McGrath)
  • Side Two
    1. Silent Night (Arr. & Adapt. by Tom, Pat & Liam Clancy)
    2. Lovely Far Off City
    3. Christ Child Lullaby (S. Ennis)
    4. Curoo, Curoo
    5. The Wren Song (Tom, Pat, Liam & Joan Clancy & Tommy Makem)

  • The Clancy Bros.
    • Paddy Clancy: Vocals and Harmonica
    • Tom Clancy: Vocals
    • Liam Clancy: Vocals and Guitar
    • Bobby Clancy: Vocals and Harmonica
  • Musicians
    • Finbar Furey: 5-string Banjo, Uilleann Pipes and Whistle & backing vocals (un-credited)
    • Eddie Furey: Guitar & backing vocals (un-credited)
  • Credits
    • Produced and Arranged by Teo Macero
    • Engineering: Russ Payne
    • Cover photo: Malcolm Kirk

Sleeve notes

This album marks the addition of Bob Clancy, who joins his three brothers in celebrating Christmas in song with a group of very unusual and delightful selections of the season. His picture is to the far right on the cover. In case you don't know, the other Clancy lads (l. to r.) are Pat, Tom and Liam. Thank you for your kind attention.

    • 3 bottles John Jameson Irish Whiskey
    • ½ cup stout
    • 3 eggs
    • Grated rind and juice of a lemon
    • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
    • 1 cup chopped almonds
    • ½ cup candied fruit peel
    • ¾ cup sultana raisins
    • ¾ A cup currants
    • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ cup honey
    • ¾ cup seedless raisins
    • ¼ teaspoon ginger
    • ½ teaspoon mixed spices
    • ½ nutmeg, grated
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ cup finely chopped suet
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs
    • ½ cup flour

If it's an Irish Pudding you're wanting this Christmas, you can do a lot worse than have a go at this one. First, pour yourself a strong four fingers of the creature and sip it while you contemplate the ingredients and generally get yourself together. (Note: a member of the opposite sex is always nice to have around when making a pudding and there is enough whiskey to be thoroughly convivial.)

Take your breadcrumbs, sugar, suet, salt, flour and spices and give them a good mixing. Add in the lemon rind, apple, nuts, fruit peel and fruit. Whip the eggs well and add to the lemon juice and stout. Pour the result over your mix and blend completely until you, have a sort of soft mash. If a bit dry, add a bit more of the stout and/or a dollop of Jameson. Your result should be moist.

Pour four more fingers of Mr. Jameson's sipping whiskey and contemplate what you have done and plan to do.

Next, pour your product into small greased bowls, six or eight inches across, cover with wax paper and then, with floured pudding cloths, well-secured around the sides, boil for five or six hours in a large pot with the water almost up to the tops of the bowls. If necessary, add more water to keep the level.

After cooking, remove the wet cloths and cover with dry ones. When cool, store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Boil again in the same fashion for two or three hours.

If there is any Jameson left about the house, take a half cup of butter, a cup of confectioners' sugar and beat together until smooth. Add the Jameson slowly (only about three or four tablespoons so it does not get too thin) to prevent curdling. Top your pudding with this sauce and get a taste of heaven.

Then, pour yourself and friend four fingers of … Merry Christmas!