Various Artists

Songs of Jack Hardy, Vol. 1: Of the White Goddess

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New York songwriter Jack Hardy has been honored by this tribute compilation made up of Boston-based Beacon Record's Celtic artists and some from New York. Some interpretations differ radically from Hardy's own arrangements, which of course is a compliment. The album is cohesive because the songs are primarily Hardy's Irish-inspired ones, although it is not always clear that the performers understand the tunes. The real treats are the cuts by The Roches and Lucy Kaplansky if only because they seem more sensitive to the lyrics. Another plus is Hardy's own previously unreleased late-'70s outtake of "An Bael Bocht" ("The Poor Mouth").

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