Tony Christie & Ranagri – The Great Irish Song Book (2015/2019) [FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Tony Christie & Ranagri – The Great Irish Song Book (2015/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 46:55 minutes | 868 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Stockfisch Records

This album is not an idiosyncratic whim dreamed up over a few “jars” at the local pub, but brings to light an aspect of Tony Christie the artist (real name: Anthony Fitzgerald) which many won’t have expected. The songs have profited immensely from the contemporary arrangements, making the “golden oldies” shine with a new brilliance. Various successful albums tipped the vote away from naming the production „Simply in Love with Irish Music“ or alternatively „Made in Northeim“. Quite deservedly, this album has been called „The Great Irish Songbook” – the current album of the „Great Irish Singer“ Tony Christie.

With this recording Tony Christie traces his family roots, which are very definitely in Ireland (not Amarillo). Like many of his generation, his great-grandfather went over to England looking for work. The legacy he left behind was a button accordion on the living-room cupboard and the songs of Ireland in the hearts of his family.

This is really Tony Christie’s masterful musical homage to his heritage and his ancestors. For his fans and all other interested parties this album is a very gratifying and uplifting journey to the mysteries of the Irish-Celtic music culture – modern and in excellent sound quality.

01. Cliffs of Dooneen
02. On Raglan Road
03. The Banks of the Lee
04. Spancil Hill
05. Star of the County Down
06. When You Were Sweet Sixteen
07. Lord Franklin
08. She Moved Through the Fair
09. Carrickfergus
10. The Black Velvet Band
11. Wild Mountain Thyme
12. The Parting Glass

Tony Christie, vocals
Donal Rogers, guitar, banjo, shaker, drum, monochord, tambourine, vocals
Jean Kelly, harp, electric harp
Eliza Marshall, flute, bass flute, whistle, low whistle, bansuri, harmonium, vocals
Tad Sargent, bodhran, bouzouki, vocals
Additional musicians:
Manfred Leuchter, accordion
Jens Kommnick, pipes
Lucile Chaubard, violoncello
Justin Stefan Ciuche, viola
Lutz Moller, harpsichord, keyboard
Mary MacMaster, backing vocals
Eilidh Shaw, backing vocals
Mairearad Green, backing vocals, accordion
Urs Fuchs, bass
Hans-Jorg Maucksch, bass