This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 6/01
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Social commentary, historical ballads, political anthems, and that celtic speciality: the love song covering the spectrum of unrequited to unacknowledged to defiant to fruitful are all fertile territory for Seamus Kennedy in his release of favorite offerings.
He performs a moving version of the mournful "Fields Of Athenry" and balances it out with Robert Burns' lovely paean to the spirit of the heart "My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose." Given good takes are "The Star Of The County Down" and "My Lagan Love."
"The Bold Fenian Men" is a jaunty tune that celebrates the sacrifices and courage of those who battled invaders of the celtic lands while "Sound The Pibroch" salutes those who, under the command of Bonnie Prince Charlie, fell in the fight for Scotland's independence. "Farewell To Sicily" covers the bone and spirit-crushing weariness of war.
"There Were Roses," a Tommy Sands-penned jewel, provokes the unusual combination of sadness and anger. In just short of seven subtle minutes, the surrealism of the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in the north is starkly captured. The anonymously-attributed "Belfast Town" also laments the troubles in Northern Ireland.
An enjoyable version of "Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her" closes out the selections.
Belfast-born Kennedy's vocals are solid and clear and the musical backing to each cut assists in setting the appropriate musical mood.
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