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Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian/ Milner, et al.

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Liam's Brother 15 Jan 09 - 07:12 PM
Dan Schatz 15 Jan 09 - 09:30 PM
katlaughing 15 Jan 09 - 10:25 PM
Barry Finn 15 Jan 09 - 10:52 PM
Anglo 17 Jan 09 - 02:24 AM
MartinRyan 17 Jan 09 - 04:03 AM
RoyH (Burl) 17 Jan 09 - 08:15 AM
RTim 17 Jan 09 - 08:17 AM
RoyH (Burl) 17 Jan 09 - 08:18 AM
Big Mick 17 Jan 09 - 02:38 PM
Liam's Brother 18 Jan 09 - 01:36 PM
Liam's Brother 06 Feb 09 - 08:52 AM
Big Mick 06 Feb 09 - 12:51 PM
Dave Ruch 06 Feb 09 - 01:14 PM
Fergie 06 Feb 09 - 01:55 PM
Big Mick 06 Feb 09 - 02:35 PM
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Subject: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 07:12 PM

Smithsonian Folkways SFW40553
Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea

Sung by Dan Milner with Guest Artists: Joanie Madden, Mick Moloney, Susan McKeown, Robbie O'Connell, John Doyle, Gabriel Donohue, Brian Conway, Tim Collins, Bob Conroy and The Johnson Girls.

Pirates, shanghaiers, slavers, and smugglers are just some of the central characters in this album of lusty, authentic maritime songs; others are ardent patriots, hard-pressed immigrants, and weathered sailors sheltering in the taverns of the seven seas. All are midway between some dicey spot in life and an uncertain future. Their compelling stories of bold adventure are excitingly re-told here by an all-star crew of Irish singers and musicians led by vocalist/author Dan Milner. Irish Pirate Ballads captures centuries of tradition and the revelry, mischief, tales of love and caution that characterize nautical life.

Milner "really gets inside a song and brings it alive," writes New York University professor Mick Moloney, who also appears on the album. "It's impossible not to be drawn in by the imagery of these songs and the absorbing stories they tell of memorable rakes, adventurers and scoundrels."

Ten Thousand Miles Away
The Ballad of O'Bruadair / Out on the Ocean
Saucy Ward
Captain Coulston
Granuaile
Get Up Jack, John, Sit Down / Miss Thornton's
The Flying Cloud
Larry Maher's Big 5-Gallon Jar
Bold McCarthy (The City of Baltimore)
All for Me Grog / Parnell's March
Castle Gardens (Sixty Years Ago)
The Lowlands Low
The River Lea

40 page booklet with photographs, 13 tracks, 58 Minutes.

Sample tracks, downloads ($9.99) and CD purchase ($15.00) now available at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings:

http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3220

Official release date: 10 February 2009.


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 09:30 PM

Wow! Congratulations, Dan and all others!

Dan (a different Dan)


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 10:25 PM

That sounds fantastic, Dan. Congratulations! The samples are wonderful!


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Barry Finn
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 10:52 PM

Extremely well done Dan & a real nice selection to book. Congratulations on such a sucessful CD.

One comment about the site where you're selling the CD's
I played all those cuts & they all gave the length in minutes but for some reason they would only play for less than maybe half a minute a piece. Could you fix that please?

Barry


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Anglo
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 02:24 AM

Yes Barry, that's why they are called SAMPLES.


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: MartinRyan
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 04:03 AM

Great stuff! Looking forward to hearing it all.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 08:15 AM

I have heard this and I love it. It's a kknockout album. Just what we have come to expect from Dan Milner, scholarship plus entertainment, and honest wholehearted singing. Great stuff. Don't miss it.


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: RTim
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 08:17 AM

Good Job my boy, can't wait to hear all of it. Best Regards Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 08:18 AM

Even starting with one letter k it's a knockout album.


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Big Mick
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 02:38 PM

Dan and I had some time together in the spring, in Connecticut, and he sang me a number of the songs from this. I will be ordering straightaway, as there are several I must filch and add to the repertoire. This man is one of the rare talents, and you should count yourself privileged to be alive and able to hear him. And....... a great friend.

Congrats, buddy. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 01:36 PM

For anyone in or near New York City, we're having a couple of CD release concerts next month.

February 1 at South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan; start time is 3 pm. You might see a few members of The Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra, some or all of The Johnson Girls and Bob Conroy plus, of course, The New York Packet.

February 6 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House, Fifth Avenue between Washington Mews and Washington Square North; start time is 9 pm. I'll be joined by Gabriel Donohue (who toured with The Chieftains for 3 years), Bonnie Milner, the entire 16-member Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra and who-knows-who else.

Both should be fun.


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 08:52 AM

Got a nice review from Time Out New York magazine yesterday.

Dan Milner
Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea (Smithsonian Folkways)

Dan Milner is known as a folksinger's folksinger. On his latest CD, a handsomely produced sequel to 1997's Irish Ballads and Songs of the Sea, he spins yarns of pirates, smugglers and homesick sailors with a jaunty voice that falls somewhere between those of Gordon Lightfoot and Willie Nelson. The supporting cast features Irish traditional luminaries such as singer Susan McKeown, flutist Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies, banjo virtuoso and folklorist Mick
Moloney, champion fiddler Brian Conway and Clancy family member Robbie O'Connell.

Milner's emphatic delivery evokes an abiding love of that harsh mistress, the sea; even a confirmed landlubber may find it hard not to hum along with "The Lowlands Low" on the subway. The disc includes a cappella ballads, bar songs, comic ditties and immigrant laments, with a substantial historical booklet providing useful context. But it's in tracks that incorporate a contemporary Irish-trad style that Milner best evokes the lure of the waves.

John Doyle's sharp guitar adds energy to "Ten Thousand Miles Away" and the bright singalong "The Lowlands Low," while Madden's whistles drive "The Ballad of Ó Bruadair" (pronounced "brother"), the saga of a 17th-century smuggler who comes to a bad end. When Milner, encircled by Madden's soaring flute, sings, "I'll go to sea no more" during the haunting closer, Gina Dunlap's setting of the traditional ballad "The River Lea," you can only hope that he's lying.
?Gwen Orel

The other CD reviewed on that page was Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream." I note with considerable amusement that we got the same number of stars. That will, no doubt, be the end of the comparison.


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Big Mick
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 12:51 PM

That kind of pisses me off, Dan. To think that Springsteen, that Brucie come lately, should be compared to you beggars belief. ..... ***chuckle***.

That you should get such a sterling review is no surprise to those of us that know you, and are so heavily influenced by you scholarship, you incredible voice, your ability to turn and interpret a lyric, and deliver it with such intensity. I remember sitting with you in the common room at the gathering in CT last spring, and being knocked out as you sang me some of the songs on this collection, as I mentioned above.

A must have, friends. As is everything this man does. If you are serious about the music, or even if you just love listening and singing it, you should own everything that Dan has done. His book, A Bonny Bunch of Roses, is an invaluable resource. His CD's are the same, and just a flat out great listen.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 01:14 PM

Agreed! It is always a treat to hear Dan Milner sing. I look forward to hearing this new disc.


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Fergie
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 01:55 PM

Well done Dan.
Will we see you in Inishowen this year? If you and Bonnie are coming over please bring some copies of the new CD cos I and a few others will keelhaul you and then make you walk the plank if you don't AARRAGH. PS where do they bury pirates in Ireland?   AARRGHmagh.

PPS I often remember with great pleasure the mighty late night singing session we had in Walton's Hotel when you were in Dublin for the Frank Harte Festival.

Fergus Russell


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Big Mick
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 02:35 PM

Just went and ordered from the link Dan provided above. Easy peasey. Got five of them so's the lads and lass in the band all get one. You can listen to sample clips, order the CD via download, download by the track, or the actual CD.

Fergie ...... lad ....... AARRGmagh?????? ....... man, ...... have ye no shame, no pride ........ that is a mighty pun ......... you need to go have a chat in the confessional with the good Father ...... penance is due ....... I will be using it in my performance tomorrow night ..... man, that is baaaaaaad......

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 07:46 PM

Dan & Bonnie Milner are featured in a YouTube video titled A Nautical Irish Evening.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Irish Pirate Ballads - Smithsonian/ Milner, et al.
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 04:55 AM

Top class people in every way. I love 'em. They sing pretty good too.


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