Before the Chieftains, there were the Clancy Brothers. And while the Brothers mainly focused on English-language folksongs, the authenticity of their music was indisputable. Moreover, the Clancys almost single-handedly spawned the Irish folk revival in the '50s. On 1997's AS I ROVED OUT AND OTHER IRISH SONGS, famous Clancy brothers Tom, Patrick, and Liam, joined by David Hammond, sing many of their favorite folk melodies from ol' Eire.
This collection of Irish favorites is as endearing as it is historical. The CD begins with "When I Was Single," a waltz about a woman who is loyal to her faithless lover. As arranged by Hammond and the Clancys, the song resonates with wisdom and humor. Other numbers, including "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?" "The Maid of Ballydoo," and "I Know My Love," are charming love songs that illuminate Irish romanticism through the fine art of Celtic storytelling.