Jolly Beggarmen

Best Irish Rebel Songs, Vol. 1

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A brilliant collection of Irish rebel music that would serve as a sufficient introduction to the style by itself, including both well-known and obscure songs. The Jolly Beggarmen are surely an ironically named group, for these songs of battle and defiance are spit out with anger and resentment. Carrying on an Irish tradition of high-decibel, whiskey-soaked folk music, and bringing to mind an acoustic Pogues (but without their narrative inventiveness), the Beggarmen present 23 tracks of political vitriol on this combined collection. The harsh, braying voice of the lead singer is perfectly suited to the message of rebellion and freedom, as are the shouted, exuberant choruses and the staccato banjo and mandolin, with every plucked string sounding like a provocation.