The Green Fields of America – Live in Concert 1988

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    Originally recorded at International House of Philadelphia in 1988, The Green Fields of America has been remastered by Jimmy Keane for re-release in January, 2022.

    Taking their name from the title of an old Irish traditional reel (and a song of emigration) a group of Irish American traditional musicians, singers, and dancers – led by Mick Moloney – has toured the United States extensively under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts.

    The Green Fields of America captures precisely what the group represents — the persistence of traditional Irish music and dance in the New World.The opportunity America held out, its “green fields,” attracted millions of rural Irish emigrants since the earliest times. Between 1848 and 1900 alone, an estimated twelve million Irish emigrated to America.Those emigrants brought with them a rich culture forged through centuries of suffering, struggle, and hope.This country provided a new home for this culture, which was revitalized over the years by successive generations of emigrants from the old country. It is also important to realize that, however, these cultural traditions are now as American as they are Irish. New styles and forms developed in the Irish American communities in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia and have been carried back to the old country for decades.

    For example, the Bible of Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic is Captain Francis O’Neill’s Music of Ire;and, published in 1903 in Chicago, where he was Commissioner of Fire and Police. Similarly, for a generation, the best makers of the beautiful uilleann pipes were the Taylor Brothers of Philadelphia. The brilliant recordings made in New York in the 1920s and 1930s of Sligo fiddlers Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran changed the development of Irish fiddle music in Ireland forever as well as in America. In the large American cities, musicians from far flung villages in Ireland came together, musicians who would almost certainly never have met in the old country. A rich cross fertilization of styles and repertoires was the result.

    The personnel of the group has varied since The Green Fields of America was founded in 1977 by Mick Moloney and Dick Shea, but the concept is constant: to show in one major gathering, some of Irish America’s foremost artists — both immigrants and American-born performers.
    Track Listing:
    1. The Kerry Jig/Séamus Cooley’s/Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore/Sligo Jack/The Culfadda Reel
    2. Kilkelly
    3. The Old Maids of Galway/The Reel of Rio/Coyne’s/Return To Miltown/Hunting The Boyne/The Old Maids of Galway
    4. An Gaoth Andheas (The South Wind)
    5. A Tribute To Ed Reavy
    6. Reynardine
    7. Stick to the Craythur
    8. The Annamaculeen Reel/Martin Mulhaire’s No. 9/Mistress of the House/The Bucks of Oranmore
    Mick Moloney: tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals, spoken word
    Robbie O’Connell: guitar, vocals
    Jimmy Keane: piano accordion, elkavox. vocals
    Eileen Ivers: acoustic and electric fiddle
    Séamus Egan: whistle, bodhran, flute, uilleann pipes, tres
    Donny and Eileen Golden: step-dancing
    Digital Album – Streaming + Download – which includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more is available from Bandcamp for $10 (US).