Tommy Makem strikes out on his own on this 1992 Shanachie reissue. Best known for his collaborations with the three Clancy brothers, Makem nonetheless proves that he has the capacity (and then some) to lead his own group of Irish folk musicians. Featuring 11 original songs, the music floats with the same kind of jubilation and exuberance as his earlier work with the Clancy Brothers.
With the sounds of acoustic guitar, dulcimer, harmonica, cello, and medieval harp, this CD captures the spirit of traditional Ireland even though the compositions are all relatively new. Highlights include the lively "Away to Mary Ann," "Give The Woman in the Bed More Porter," the sentimental "Song For the Children," "Sing Me the Old Songs," and the sorrowful title track. The most riveting song on LONESOME WATERS, however, is "Blue Eyed Mary," a celebration of the unattainable beauty of women.