The Great Irish Song Book (2015)

Traditional, McPeake, Laws, Thornton, McGarvey, Considine, Behan, Kavanagh, McAuliffe

Tony Christie, Ranagri

This album is not an idiosyncratic whim dreamed up over a few “jars” at the local pub, but brings to light an aspect of Tony Christie the artist (real name: Anthony Fitzgerald) which many won’t have expected. The songs have profited immensely from the contemporary arrangements, making the “golden oldies” shine with a new brilliance. Various successful albums tipped the vote away from naming the production „Simply in Love with Irish Music“ or alternatively „Made in Northeim“. Quite deservedly, this album has been called „The Great Irish Songbook” – the current album of the „Great Irish Singer“ Tony Christie.

With this recording Tony Christie traces his family roots, which are very definitely in Ireland (not Amarillo). Like many of his generation, his great-grandfather went over to England looking for work. The legacy he left behind was a button accordion on the living-room cupboard and the songs of Ireland in the hearts of his family.

This is really Tony Christie’s masterful musical homage to his heritage and his ancestors. For his fans and all other interested parties this album is a very gratifying and uplifting journey to the mysteries of the Irish-Celtic music culture – modern and in excellent sound quality.

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Tony Christie

Tony Christie (born Anthony Fitzgerald, 25 April 1943) is an English musician, singer and actor. He is best known for his recording of "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo", a double UK chart success. He lived for many years in Sheffield.

photo: from booklet 'The Great Irish Songbook'

Ranagri

Ranagri is a British/Irish contemporary folk band based in London, featuring Eliza Marshall - flutes/whistles/bansuris, Jean kelly - acoustic/electric harps, Tad Sargent - bodhrán/bouzouki and Dónal Rogers - guitar/banjo/vocals. Between them they have graced some of the worlds biggest stages from Red Rocks Amphitheatre Colorado to The Royal Albert Hall London, they have composed and recorded music for film/TV and radio but when they can they are often to be found at the fireside down by the river Thames at a good old Seisiún.

photo: from website ranagri.com 

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The Great Irish Song Book (2015)

Traditional, McPeake, Laws, Thornton, McGarvey, Considine, Behan, Kavanagh, McAuliffe

Tony Christie, Ranagri

Producer: Günter Pauler
Recording Engineer: Günter Pauler
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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0132087: The Great Irish Song Book
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Cliffs of Dooneen
McAuliffe
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On Raglan Road
Kavanagh
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The Banks of The Lee
Behan
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Spancil Hill
Considine
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Star of The County Down
McGarvey
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When You Were Sweet Sixteen
Thornton
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Lord Franklin
Laws
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She Moved Through The Fair
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Carrickfergus
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The Black Velvet Band
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Wild Mountain Thyme
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The Parting Glass
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