Bob Dylan has been one of the most influential artists of our time. A few years ago as I was reading a bio on Mr. Dylan, I was intrigued by the fact that he said he was greatly influenced by traditional Irish music. Especially the music of Liam Clancy who Dylan said was the best singer he ever heard. Well, if that doesn't make you want to check out a Liam Clancy cd, I don't know what would. To make a long story short, I found myself getting drawn into the beautiful world of songs from the Emerald Isle.
Songs Of Ireland is my 7th release and was a real joy to make. It was recorded over two days in Chicago at my little studio in Old Town. Right across the street from what used to be The Earl Of Old Town. I tried not to think too much about the arrangements on this album and just let the music go where it wanted to. These songs are so good you don't have to do very much to them except get out of their way and let them shine. Some of these songs, I was very familiar with, some of them I always meant to explore and a couple were suggested to me by friends. Pure, simple and raw, this album came quickly and has received a great deal of positive feedback. I must admit I was somewhat taken aback by how much people liked this album. I think there is an immediacy to these recordings and of course these are some wonderful songs that need to be kept alive. I hope I have done them justice.