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Irish

by Billy Walsh

Passionate and enchanting vocals accompanied by world-renowned, virtuoso musicians - an exquisitely beautiful and joyfully raucous tour across the Celtic musical landscape.
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
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1. Little Bit of Heaven/Whiskey You're the Devil
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2. Spancil Hill
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3:19 album only
3. Raglan Road
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4:41 album only
4. Black Velvet Band
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5:07 album only
5. Foggy Dew
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3:47 album only
6. Finnegan's Wake
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4:17 album only
7. Danny Boy
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4:08 album only
8. Lakes of Ponchartrain
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5:05 album only
9. Star of the County Down
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10. City of Chicago
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3:53 album only
11. Roddy McCorley
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3:03 album only
12. St. Brendan's Fair Isle
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13. Fields of Athenry
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5:34 album only
14. Wild Colonial Boy
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4:31 album only
15. Goodbye My Friend
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16. Si Beag Si Mor
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17. A Gaelic Blessing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Billy Walsh is an award winning singer-songwriter from central Massachusetts who has performed throughout New England for over twenty years. In addition to his own songs, he has specialized in the Irish music of his childhood. His grandparents were from Westport, County Mayo, and he grew up with ten brothers and sisters in Lakewood, Ohio. Billy's warm, resonant tenor is perfectly suited to the genre. The ballads, like Raglan Road, City of Chicago, and Fields of Athenry, are achingly rendered, while the upbeat classics, like Finnegan's Wake and Roddy McCorley, are energized by the raucous, new-grass style picking and playing of his virtuoso band mates. Irish music doesn't get any better than this!

The Band:
John McGann's long resume features live and session work in the Celtic, bluegrass, country, folk, jazz, and rock idioms. He is a National Guitar and Mandolin Champion and has performed in clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout the United States and in Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan.

Tom Megan (keyboards, accordion) is a composer and lyricist of several musical theater pieces that have been presented in Boston and New York. He has won numerous ASCAP songwriting awards as well as the Yip Harburg Lyricist Award from the Musical Theater Project in New York.

The discography of Richard Gates (bass) reads like a who's who list of the top folk artists of our time: Deb Talan, Patty Larkin, Bob Franke, Bill Morrissey, Ellis Paul, Dar Williams, Jennifer Kimball, and Paula Cole to name but a few. He has toured internationally with Suzanne Vega, and he is a frequent accompanist on the national folk scene.

Joyce Andersen (fiddle) glides effortlessly between the haunting melodies of the ballads and the rip-roaring fun of the fiddle tunes. Her music has brought her from the coffeehouses and taverns of her native New England to national and international shows with folk virtuoso Harvey Reid, the stage of Carnegie Hall, the Conan O'ÕBrien show, and country music in Japan.


Dave Mattacks is a world-renowned drummer. From his early days with English folk super group Fairport Convention, he has gone on to record with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Nick Drake, George Harrison, Joan Armatrading, Richard Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jethro Tull, and many many more.


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Melissa Ewing

Irish
For anyone familiar with Billy's talent for songwriting, this wonderful selection of traditional Irish songs is no exception when it comes to combining beautiful music (outstanding musicians and singers) and good storytelling. We never tire of listening to this CD at home and in the car and my three year old has his favorites too!

Sarah Post

IRISH
I’ve been following Walsh and his band for the past 20 years and I love their CD, Irish! The first track is such a thrill---it makes me instantly stomp my feet and spin around in circles. Walsh’s "Danny Boy" just breaks my heart and the harmonies on "City of Chicago" transport me to another time filled with starry nights on the front porch. But my favorite song is "Goodbye My Friend" written by Walsh. It's such a gem. The melancholy yet hopeful lyrics give me a homesick feeling. Walsh’s crew of talented musicians gives the album a really tight sound. And they really rock live! Thank you all!! Sarah Post--West Pawlet, VT

Kathy Mullen

Irish
People pass through our lives who are just acquaintances and go on their way....it is those who cross the boundaries of our heart that become special in our lives...thank you for an album which touches the heartstrings! Beautifully done...Kathy M, Hartland VT

Julie Fissinger

Billy Walsh: Irish
This wonderful CD gets our whole family dancing, and so nicely reinforces my kids' Irish heritage. Our two year old, Caroline, blurted out the other evening when the CD was playing, "I LOVE this song!" Thanks for the great and moving music.

Julie Fissinger Mulcahy, Brooklyn, NY

Margaret Cessna

Billy Walsh Irish
Since the moment I opened this CD it has followed me everywhere I go. Home, work, car. Just can't get enough of it. The voices are so mellow and the background musicians have me dancing through the day. Thank you Billy Walsh wherever you are. Just love your stuff.

Martin Lentz

BILLY WALSH: IRISH
"No wonder that we're proud of that dear land across the sea, for here's the way 'Billy Walsh' told the tale to me!" Absolutely amazing album!

Ray Stanford -

Irish.Billy Walsh
What a great sound! I grew up with a large Irish extended family. We sang all the great ballards when we got together. Billy etal brought back great memories. "Goodbye My Friend" is particularly appropriate and memorable.

Great energy! Excellent vocals and the instrumental portions are fantastic. I enjoy the traditional and new selections equally.

I'm buying a few for my friends and family.

Ray Stanford-
Enfield, NH

Phil Jones


On a recent trip to the Boston area I was introduced to this album and the CD Baby web site. Listening to the pure tenor voice of Billy Walsh and the tight band backing him made the long drive back to Michigan an easier road. One need not be searching only for Irish music to love this album.

Caitlin Brennan


Wow! What an album! Thank you Billy Walsh and Company...love that beautiful sound you create. The old favorites such as "St. Brendan's Fair Isle" and "Black Velvet Band" are strongholds from my childhood and are so comforting. Can't wait to see you live in concert again soon -- for now, your newest CD will suffice! Hey and you should see my 90-year-old grandma do the jig to these tunes! ~Caitlin Brennan -- Lakewood, OH

John Laschinger


My wife and children are Irish (yes, I know the kids are only 50% so, but try to tell them otherwise)and they immediately loved this album. The songs are so beautifully done that even the non-irish among us (me) fell in love with this music too. What a great CD!
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