Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea

Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea

Dan Milner & Guest Artists SFW40553

Pirates, shanghaiers, slavers, and smugglers are just some of the central characters in this album of lusty, authentic maritime songs; others are ardent patriots, hard-pressed immigrants, and weathered sailors sheltering in the taverns of the seven seas. All are midway between some dicey spot in life and an uncertain future. Their compelling stories of bold adventure are excitingly re-told here by an all-star crew of Irish singers and musicians led by vocalist/author Dan Milner.

Featuring an impressive array of guest musicians and singers, including Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies, John Doyle of Solas, Tim Collins of the renowned Kilfenora Ceili Band, All-Ireland champion fiddler Brian Conway, Robbie O'Connell and Susan McKeown, Irish Pirate Ballads captures centuries of tradition and the revelry, mischief, tales of love and caution that characterize nautical life.

Milner "really gets inside a song and brings it alive," writes New York University professor Mick Moloney, who also appears on the album. "It's impossible not to be drawn in by the imagery of these songs and the absorbing stories they tell of memorable rakes, adventurers and scoundrels."

40 page booklet, 13 tracks, 58 Minutes.

Year Released 2009
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2009 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Celtic
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101 Ten Thousand Miles Away Dan Milner, John Doyle, Robbie O’Connell 3:36
102 The Ballad of Ó Bruadair / Out on the Ocean Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue, Joanie Madden, John Doyle, Mick Moloney, Robbie O’Connell, Susan McKeown,Tim Collins 3:53
103 Saucy Ward Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue 4:12
104 Captain Coulston Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue, Joanie Madden 5:36
105 Granuaile Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue, Susan McKeown 3:47
106 Get Up Jack, John, Sit Down / Miss Thornton’s Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue, Joanie Madden, The Johnson Girls, Mick Moloney, Robbie O’Connell, Susan McKeown, Tim Collins 4:28
107 The Flying Cloud Dan Milner 6:25
108 Larry Maher’s Big Five-Gallon Jar Dan Milner, Bob Conroy, Mick Moloney,Robbie O’Connell, Tim Collins 3:13
109 Bold McCarthy (The City of Baltimore) Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue, Mick Moloney,Tim Collins 4:39
110 All for Me Grog / Parnell’s March Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue, Mick Moloney, Robbie O’Connell, Tim Collins 3:53
111 Castle Gardens (Sixty Years Ago) Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue, Joanie Madden 4:55
112 The Lowlands Low Dan Milner, Brian Conway, Gabriel Donohue, Joanie Madden, John Doyle, Mick Moloney, Robbie O’Connell, Tim Collins 4:12
113 The River Lea Dan Milner, Gabriel Donohue, Susan McKeown, Joanie Madden, Mick Moloney, Robbie O’Connell 5:34
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