Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Liam Clancy, 1935-2009
I'm crying again.
It's not as if I knew Liam Clancy. I never even saw him perform. But listening to his exquisite 1965 solo album is almost too much to bear. The disaster depicted in "Anach Cuain" is devastating. Clancy's rendition of "Dirty Old Town" is reserved while "Home Boys Home," ostensibly a jaunty sailor's song, emphasizes the damage done by wayfaring strangers. "The Water Is Wide" reduces me to a puddle of tears. It's all great.
So is this more recent live performance of "Red Is the Rose."
It's not for the parting with my sister Kate/ It's not for the grief of my mother/It's all for the loss of my bonny Irish lass/That my heart is breaking forever.
Clancy died last week.
I truly enjoyed Darius Rucker's concert a couple days ago. Here's my review.
Kansas City Click: Brian Martin headlines a hootenanny Tuesday at the Record Bar.