Liam Clancy / Tommy Makem

The Lark in the Morning

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This powerful collection of traditional Irish folk songs has been issued several times under various titles, including CD releases as The Lark in the Morning in 1996 from Tradition Records and again under that title by Empire Records in 2006, and as Celtic Classic Treasures from Legacy Records in 1999. The original recordings were made between August and December on a field trip that song collectors Diane Hamilton, Liam Clancy, and Catherine Wright made to Ireland in 1955. Although they are technically field recordings, the sound on these tracks (most of which were recorded at Mrs. Sarah Makem's home in Keady) is clear and spacious sounding. Highlights include the great Paddy Tunney singing "The Lark in the Morning," an early recording of fiddler Padraig O'Keefe ("Jig"), Sarah Makem's spell-binding "In the Month of January," and the high, sweet tenor of Thomas Baynes singing "Barbara Ellen." Liam Clancy first met Tommy Makem (Sarah Makem's son) at these sessions, and they ultimately formed the Clancy Brothers, an extremely successful Irish traditional singing group.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Paddy Tunney
0:50 Amazon
2 2:50 Amazon
3
1:21 Amazon
4
feat: Paddy Tunney
2:25 Amazon
5
1:07 Amazon
6 2:18 Amazon
7
0:41 Amazon
8 1:13 Amazon
9
feat: Paddy Tunney
2:55 Amazon
10
2:06 Amazon
11
feat: Sarah Makem
5:02 Amazon
12
feat: Sarah Makem
1:51 Amazon
13
feat: Peg Power
1:17 Amazon
14 0:47 Amazon
15
feat: Paddy Tunney
3:19 Amazon
16
feat: Peter Bates
1:31 Amazon
17
2:37 Amazon
18
feat: Paddy Tunney
1:20 Amazon
19
3:46 Amazon
20 2:47 Amazon
21 1:04 Amazon
22
4:13 Amazon
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