The Clancy Brothers Christmas

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  • The Clancy Brothers Christmas
    • 1969 - Columbia CS-9876 (stereo only) LP
    • 1993 - Columbia CK-52832 CD
    • 1995 - SSP 24081 CD
  • Christmas with The Clancy Brothers
    • 1987 - Shanachie 52017 LP
    • 1993 - Shanachie 52017 CD
  • Side One
    1. Jingle Bells (Buala Bas)
    2. Sing We the Virgin Mary (J.J. Niles)
    3. The Holly Tree
    4. Angels We Have Heard
    5. When Joseph Was an Old Man
    6. Christmas in Carrick (S. McGrath)
  • Side Two
    1. Silent Night
    2. Lovely Far Off City
    3. Christ Child Lullaby (S. Ennis)
    4. Curoo, Curoo
    5. The Wren Song (Tom, Pat, Liam & Joan Clancy & Tommy Makem)

  • The Clancy Bros.
    • Paddy Clancy: Vocals and Harmonica
    • Tom Clancy: Vocals
    • Liam Clancy: Vocals and Guitar
    • Bobby Clancy: Vocals and Harmonica
  • Musicians
    • Finbar Furey: 5-string Banjo, Uilleann Pipes and Whistle & backing vocals (un-credited)
    • Eddie Furey: Guitar & backing vocals (un-credited)
  • Credits
    • Produced and Arranged by Teo Macero
    • Arranged and Adapted by Tom, Pat and Liam Clancy (Tracks: 1, 3 & 7)
    • Engineering: Russ Payne
    • Cover photo: Malcolm Kirk
  • Notes
    • This is the first recording by the Clancy Brothers without Tommy Makem.
    • This is the only Shanachie reissue where the cover was altered from the original.

Sleeve notes (excerpts)

This album marks the addition of Bob Clancy, who joins his three brothers in celebrating Christmas in song with a group of very unusual and delightful selections of the season. His picture is to the far right on the cover. In case you don't know, the other Clancy lads (l. to r.) are Pat, Tom and Liam. Thank you for your kind attention.

Reviews by Sean McGuinness

This was the first album without Tommy Makem. In his place, we find Bobby Clancy and, although uncredited on the album itself, Finbar and Eddie Furey play and sing (Finbar on uilleann pipes and whistle; Eddie on guitars). Its interesting that it took three people to "replace" Tommy Makem.

This is a truly great album and thankfully it has been released on CD in its entirety. The album cover is terrific. The only complaint about this record is that it is too short. Amazingly enough this album was recorded in the summer of 1969 in London. It almost feels as if it were recorded during a Christmas party.

"Buala Bas", which is a bilingual version of "Jingle Bells" starts the album off with great festivity. Liam's tender version of "Sing We The Virgin Mary" bring us back to the point of the season. "The Holly Tree", a version of "The Holly and the Ivy" is next, followed by "Angels We Have Heard on High."

Both songs were recorded with the brothers trading vocals as they do on most of the songs on this album. An obscure Appalachian version of "The Cherry Tree Carol" entitled "When Joseph Was an Old Man" is next and it is truly great. Side one closes with the festive party song " Christmas In Carrick" (you can hear the Fureys sing on this one). Its great fun.

Side two starts with "Silent Night" and although they don't know the correct words to the second verse, this is a lovely version. Again, you can hear Eddie Furey singing on this one. Another obscure song, "Lovely Far Off City" is next, which is followed by the Scottish song "Christ Child Lullaby", which was translated from Scots Gaelic by Seamus Ennis. "Curroo Curroo", also known as "The Carol of the Birds" is next with Paddy taking the lead. "The Wren Song" closes the album out with more fun and frivolity, including a harmonica interlude, courtesy of Paddy and Bobby, featuring the melody of "The Boys From The County Cork."

A truly great album, which I rate an A.

Reviews Copyright © Sean McGuinness, 2001-2015