In many ways a disturbing cover. What exactly are the women doing? Surely not a reaction to the three “tough-fisted” Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem? As the sleeve notes inform us, “Here they are, four tough-fisted, gentle-hearted Irish singers who have opened up a floodgate of entirely new songs.” I guess if your gentle-hearted approach fails to deliver, your tough fists will come in handy. Who said romance was dead?
To document the story of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem one had best have a very long sheet of paper or write very small.
Here is a group that has a most varied, a most unusual and above all, a most musical background. Therefore it is no small wonder that, in such a short time, they have reached the pinnacle of their success and retained it, and they will undoubtedly retain it for many years to come.
The members of the Clancy clan – and there are many of them – are all singers. Besides the members of the group – Patrick, Tom and Liam – there are Mom, Pop, Bobby, Pet, four sisters and their children who numbered twenty one at the last count.
The Clancy’s family home is at Carrick-on-Suir, a small town in county Tipperary that has a population of about four thousand. Situated in a valley between Comeragh Mountain on the one side and Slievenamon on the other and overlooked by Ormonde Castle. Carrick-on-Suir is a market town where pigs are sold on Mondays, dairy stock on Wednesdays and beef cattle on Fridays. The teachers in the towns schools are either the local nuns or the Christian Brothers and all the subjects are taught in Gaelic as well as in English.
Label: Emerald MLD 31
Cover photo: Stanley Matchett, Belfast
More information: Album Information – Wikipedia