Every Record I Own - Day 225 thru 235: Clancy Brothers (& Tommy Makem)
Still haven’t found a permanent place to live, but I at least got my turntable and a few boxes of records out of storage yesterday. I haven’t listened to a record properly since early February.
I could go through every Clancy Brothers record I own individually, but I’m not gonna put y’all through the same trial I did with Boris and Can. And besides, while I love Makem and the Clancys, I don’t have a lot to say about these records individually. I started buying them in college because they could be scooped up at thrift stores for pennies or at used record shops for a buck or two. They all kinda blend together in my mind, so I’ll do a quick overview of a few of ‘em.
Come Fill Your Glass With Us: This was my most recent purchase—picked up for the unusually steep price of $5 at a coffee shop in Albuquerque last year. This is the earliest album I have by these traditional Irish folk singers. I’ve barely had a chance to listen to it.
Self-Titled: Listen to Brennan On The Moor.
Hearty and Hellish: A friend of mine sent me a mixtape with a bunch of these songs sometime back around ‘96. It was completely outside of my normal musical diet, but I loved these rousing, rowdy songs about fighting for sovereignty from the British and getting drunk. Botch had a boombox with a tape of “Whisky You’re The Devil” we’d play during our set between songs on some of our earliest tours.
Freedom’s Sons: Side A is pretty much my favorite stuff in the CB&TM discography. “Outlaw Rapparee” is one of their most anthemic songs of rebellion and “I’m a Freeborn Man of the Traveling People” is a beautiful song about living the nomadic life.
Isn’t It Grand, Boys: The title track is an ode to the recently departed. It’s a great song—equal parts melancholic and morbidly funny.
Show Me The Way: I bought this at Amoeba in Berkley on Botch’s first full-U.S. tour. I had a bunch of hardcore records I also bought on the trip, but I remember being more excited to listen to this than any other album I’d picked up.