Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea

Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea

by Dan MilnerDan Milner


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Although this CD is not credited to a specific artist, by most listeners' standards this would be comfortably classified as a Dan Milner album. Milner sings all 13 tracks on this collection of songs associated with the Irish seafaring life, though he does get instrumental and vocal support from a rotating cast of nine other musicians, Mick Moloney being the most notable of those. While he was born in England and has spent most of his life in North America, Milner is of Irish descent, and while music wasn't usually his full-time profession, he has done several albums of Irish music since the late '90s. One of those, in fact, was the similarly titled 1997 release Irish Ballads & Songs of the Sea. This differs in focus from that previous release, as according to Milner's liner notes, it's "an album of maritime songs from Ireland and its diaspora in which most of the central characters stand uneasy next to the law." There's not much menace and danger in his delivery of the material, however, which is warm and assured. The arrangements are low-key as well, though admirably varied, incorporating mandolin, concertina, piano, guitar, whistle, banjo, accordion, flute, bouzouki, and fiddle; Milner also goes it alone for one a cappella performance, "The Flying Cloud." Aside from offering a personal history of his own experiences as an Irish-American, Milner's notes also offer detailed accounts of the sources of the songs, as well as the real-life characters whose experiences helped shape them.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074055328
catalogNumber: 40553
Rank: 29182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Milner   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mick Moloney   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor Banjo,Guest Appearance
Brian Conway   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Gabriel Donohue   Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion,Guest Appearance
John Doyle   Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joanie Madden   Flute,Human Whistle,Guest Appearance
Susan McKeown   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Robbie O'Connell   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mick Maloney   Vocals
Johnson Girls   Guest Appearance
Tim Collins   Guest Appearance
Bob Conroy   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Mick Moloney   Liner Notes,Annotation
Gabriel Donohue   Engineer
Dan Milner   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Concept,Audio Production,Annotation
Patrick Joseph McCall   Composer
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Daniel Sheehy   Executive Producer
Arthur Duff   Composer
P.J. McCall   Composer
Gina Dunlap   Composer
F.R. Higgins   Composer
Edward Harrigan   Composer

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