Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Waxies Dargle - 1993 - World Tour Of Ireland

Waxies Dargle are one of the many traditional Celtic folk bands to come up through London's Irish pub circuit. The band, founded by Dubliner Gerry Heaney, derived its name from a popular Irish drinking song about a fair called "the Waxies Dargle" which was held by tailors from the coastal town of Bray early in the 20th century. Soon after the band's emergence on the London scene, they attracted a strong following with their lively blend of familiar Irish standards, original compositions, contemporary folk covers, and traditional North American folk tunes.

1     Rocky Road To Dublin
2     City Of Dreams
3     Father O'Flyn / Irish Washerwoman / The Blackberry Blossom
4     The Sally Gardens
5     Galway Races / An Dearig Dun / The Welcoming
6     Belfast Boy
7     King Of The Fairies
8     Irish Rover / Rakes Of Mallow
9     Lannigan's Ball
10     O'Carolan's Concerto
11     Tipping It Up To Nancy / Swallow's Tail
12     Urban Cycle
13     Maid Behind The Bar / Gravel Walk
14     Skibbereen


Left Blank said...

World Tour Of Ireland

Feilimid O'Broin said...

I vowed to stop downloading music a couple of weeks ago. My hard drive and my three external drives are full of music and I am faced with the daunting task of deciding what must go to make room for more. My patient and long-suffering wife complains that the stacks of compact discs which have surpassed the space limits of the shelves and the cardboard boxes to which I resorted as back up storage are now consuming the parlor. She obscenely refers to them as "clutter". I only stare coldly and tell her, "You knew I was an addict to music when you married me almost thirty years ago. After all, I still have my albums and eight-track tapes even though I have not listened to them in twenty seven years."

Even worse, I inform her that given the choice between more room for music, discs and external drives, and family, I will certainly miss her and the children but, after all, must make tough decisions in this life. Sadly, I am a Luddite. Like Joni Mitchell, I've looked at Clouds from both sides now but still want my music stored and backed up in front of me so a luta continua.

I don't blame you for my dilemma. In fact, I am exceedingly thankful but between you and Crimson King and the lack of a Music Addicts Anonymous group in my area, I foresee a week of trying to ascertain what is worth keeping and what must go to make room for these latest great posts. Admittedly, it's a joyful, albeit difficult, task and, of course, I'll be listening to these posts as I attend to it. Thanks for doing all you do!

CrimsonKing said...

Maybe is time to buy more some external HDs.

Feilimid O'Broin said...

Trust me, I told that to my wife last month and last week. She's incredulous that I even suggest it but I reply that it's not my fault she has such poor judgment in selecting a spouse. I will be buying yet another multi-terabyte external hard drive before the end of the Summer. To paraphrase Eric Burdon, it's my vice and I'll do what I want. More importantly, I don't drink, pay the bills, smoke, gamble, or have any other money-consuming habits, other than buying books, so I'll indulge in the music. To quote Bob Marley, "one good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain."

More importantly, you oversee the best folk blog on the web, something for which I was searching for years before I found it a few years ago and, given the brevity of blog life and the occasional and unpredictable wrath of Google, one must get it while he or she can (with apologies to Janis Joplin). I cannot accurately calculate for you the hours of blissful enjoyment I have obtained from what has been posted here or how great it is to see selections I have in my own collection posted here as if they are affirmation that just maybe I have some inkling of taste. And Left Bank's compilations are in a category by themselves because they are primers of many artists that provides instructions and direction for further exploration.

Not to be overly effusive or appear overly fawning, but credit must be given where it's due and in my rambling, verbose way I have tried to communicate recently that this blog and what all of you do matters a great deal and undoubtedly extends the life of the music. Frankly, words are inadequate to describe those sublime moments of joy that so much of this music provides. I'll end it here in recognition of that futility. Many, many thanks to you all.

CrimsonKing said...

Thank you, Feilimid O'Broin.
Words like yours are what make sense for us to continue with this blog.
I and other friends who contribute to this Blog go ahead, we're glad that, at least for some people, this Folk music dissemination channel shown important.

Julio César said...

Muchas gracias desde España.
Tu blog me esta permitiendo escuchar buena música de la que a mi me gusta

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup! ...& slainté

Jon said...

I'm a little behind in getting the posts that I want and am now just going through May forward. Plus I've been on an American Bluegrass music kick lately which has consumed most of my computer and listening time. Just wanted to say after reading the comments for this album I must say Feilimid O'Broin and I sound like kindred spirits. I really enjoyed reading his comments. Glad I'm not alone!

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