At Home with the Clancy Brothers (Their Families and Tommy Makem)

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  • At Home with the Clancy Brothers (Their Families and Tommy Makem)
    • 1968 - Emerald Gem GES 1006 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. The Rattliin' Bog
    2. Red Fox
    3. Why Don't You Get Johnny's Supper — Robert Clancy
    4. Mitty Matty
    5. Soldier, Soldier — Peg Power & Robert Clancy
    6. A Big Ship's Sailing
    7. Dowdling — Mrs. John Clancy
    8. Goodie On a Saucer
    9. O-Row Shay Dho Vaha Wal-Yeh
    10. Jeremiah Blow the Fire
    11. I've Come All the Way from Dublin
    12. She Can Knit
    13. Amhran Dochais — Liam Clancy
  • Side Two
    1. Frog In the Well
    2. She Didn't Dance — Mrs. Joan Clancy
    3. As I Roved Out — Mrs. Sarah Makem
    4. Seán Dun Na Ngall — Joan Butler & Peg Power
    5. When I Was Young
    6. Paper Of Pins — Mrs. Sarah Makem
    7. Drumin Donn Dilis — Peg Power
    8. Oh, Rodger Rum
    9. Dance To Your Daddy
    10. The Wren Song
    11. Soetin Seo (Shoheen Sho) — Peg Power
    12. All Along — Robert Clancy
    13. Wallflower
    14. A Man of Double Deed

  • Credits
    • Cover Photograph: Stanley Matchett, Belfast
    • © 1968, Emerald Records Limited
    • A Tradition Recording

Sleeve Notes

This collection is meant as a glimpse into the rich tradition of Irish folk music. The songs were collected in many, different places throughout Ireland. Many of the songs were recorded at the home of the Makem family in Keady, County Armagh; with the family gathered for many an evening, starting with just a few singers, and ending around 2.00 a.m.

In Carrick-on-Suir County, Tipperary, hours were spent by the winter fire exchanging good talk and songs collected from the Robert Clancy family. Most of these songs and rhymes have been dung by generations in and around Carrick-on-Suir. A few exceptions, come from friends in other parts of Ireland who knew they were interested in children's songs and supplied them. The recording was done at the home of one of the Clancy's sisters and her husband, Cait and Seán O'Connell. Mrs. Clancy, her nine children, their husbands, wives, and all twenty-one grandchildren helped. They searched their memories and hunted for half-remembered words and tunes. The songs are sung and verses spoken by Bobby Clancy, his sister Peg Power, and many of the grandchildren.

The children who sing and chant on this record are grandchildren of Robert and Joan Clancy. All five of the girls in the Clancy family are married and live in the town of Carrick-on-Suir or nearby countryside. They each have from two to six children whose ages range front one to twenty.

Though all of the songs were originally sung unaccompanied, the guitar, harmonica, and tin whistle are now a part of the living tradition. The harp, a traditional instrument in Ireland, is used to accompany one of the songs.

Often in the evening, around the fire, the grown-ups will lead a song while the children join in on the chorus. An example of this is to be heard in the beautiful Gaelic song, "O-Row Shay Dho Vaha Wal-Yeh", led by Lory Kiely, husband of Lis Clancy and father of Lawrence, Siobhan, Eamon and Maura.

Out of this atmosphere of freshness and beauty, the happy mornings, the winter evenings, the loves and tragedies of the people has come a great wealth of songs and music as presented at home with the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and their families.

Lee Palmer