American Wake (album)
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|Studio album by|
|Released||25 August 2010|
|Genre||World, Irish, Celtic, folk, Irish folk|
|Label||The Irish Side|
|Patrick Clifford chronology|
American Wake is the first full-length solo album by Patrick Clifford, released in 2010.
The title refers to a gathering in an Irish home the night before a family member emigrated to America, in which friends and family would say goodbye to the emigrant for what was probably the last time.
The album's production marks a significant change from Clifford's work as a member of Four to the Bar. While the repertoire is largely drawn from Irish folk music, the arrangement and production rely less on traditional Irish instruments (such as fiddle, tin whistle, and flute), and more on instrumentation from the American folk music idiom (such as harmonica, piano, and organ).
"The Narrowback," "Paddy Yank's Blues," and "The Golden Door" are a suite of related original compositions that comprise a framework for the album. The same melodic theme appears in each, though in different keys and arrangements.
"The Shores of Botany Bay," "The Shores of Amerikay," "Mary from Dungloe," "The Leaving of Liverpool," and "Spancil Hill" are all traditional folk songs about emigrating from Ireland to America. "Thousands Are Sailing," another emigration song, is a contemplative arrangement of the Pogues song by that name.
The collector's edition of the album, released simultaneously with the standard edition, also includes "The Irish Rover."
All tracks traditional; arr. Clifford, except as noted.
- "The Narrowback" (Clifford)
- "The Shores of Botany Bay"
- "The Shores of Amerikay"
- "Sea-Fever" (Music: Clifford; words: John Masefield)
- "Mary from Dungloe"
- "Paddy Yank's Blues (Clifford)"
- "The Galway Races"
- "The Leaving of Liverpool"
- "Jig to Joy"
- "Spancil Hill"
- "Thousands Are Sailing" (Philip Thomas Ryan)
- "The Golden Door" (Clifford)
- "The Irish Rover" (Collector's Edition only)
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