When Liam Maguire strides on-stage — be it in Dublin's Old Shieling or a dimly-lit nightclub in Spain — people sit back and listen! The bearded Irishman glances around at his audience, dark-glasses flashing under the stage-lighting, almost as if he were challenging them to utter a word. They called him 'The Wild Irish Rover' when he entertained the Canadian Forces in Germany and as he stands there gripping his guitar in a bear-hug waiting for absolute silence — YOU CAN SEE WHY !!
At last he strikes a chord, takes a deep breath and then launches into the sort of hand-clappin', foot-stompin', sing-along number which first made Trini Lopez a hit some years ago. The audience explodes into the greatest example of 'group therapy' you've ever seen and when Liam roars… 'You can do better than that'… they re-double their efforts to sing the roof off at that particular place of entertainment!
For his first LP, Liam has chosen a varied selection of songs from his vast repertoire. He ranges from Gordon Lightfoot's classic 'Early Mornin' Rain' to one of those famous sing-along numbers 'Cindy' and from the humorous 'Mr. Maguire' to the legend of the Wild Colonial Boy'.
This is an album you will enjoy over and over again, so pop it on the turn-table and sit back for an ear-full of good-time sounds. By the way, if you find yourself tapping your feet, snapping your fingers and la-la-ing… THERE ARE PLACES FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU!!!! (I mean, of course, in an audience where Liam Maguire is performing…well now, where else???).
A visit to a singing-Pub or a ballad session is almost obligatory on a visitor to Ireland, and indeed the obligation is only slightly less binding on a native Irishman! If there is anything more Irish than the shamrock it must surely be a convivial evening in one of the many singing pubs to be found in all towns and most villages throughout the country.
On this record are songs which may be heard at these entertainments. Some of them may be familiar to you, others not. But either way, we are certain you will enjoy all of them.
Liam Maguire is one of the most popular entertainers on the circuit in Ireland. He has also attained great success on the club circuits in Canada and the United States.
One of Ireland's top singers and some of Ireland's greatest songs — a combination that can't be beaten.
This album, Songs For Ireland, is a collection of some old songs and some new songs. They all tell a good story and each one has a special meaning to me. I hope you like them.
Special thanks to Gus Kennedy for his help in the arrangements and to Sanford Markley, without his help I never would have finished this album.
Dedicated to my son, Rory Derrig Maguire, born 2/27/87.