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Southern Shore Import


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  • Audio CD (May 22 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000PUB4EG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 15 2007
Format: Audio CD
Since the summer there have been a number of great Celtic music releases and this CD is definitely one of them. Seventeen years ago "The Rock" gave birth to one of this country's most entertaining traditional bands, granted that since then there have been a number of line up changes, but Con O'Brien stayed the course and released over a dozen CD's bearing the band's name in the subsequent years since the band's inception.
It's par for the course for Celtic music releases to have an abundance of traditional numbers and this disc is no different. You're getting a mix of Irish and Newfoundland songs that show just how musically intertwined both Islands are. "No Con Test", "Mick Maguire" and "Town Of Bally Bay" will have you toe tapping and stepping out something furious. "Battery Singles" makes you think of Codco days with a smidgeon of Harry Hibbs thrown in for good measure. Alan Doyle produced the CD and Great Big Sea make vocal appearances on "Downtown Girl". This one has all the makings of a great pub sing along song. There are also some nice slower numbers such as "Not For The Money Alone", with "Pat Murphy's Meadow" and the late Tommy Makem's Irish lament "Four Green Fields" being the jewels in the crown.
The liner notes describe the CD song by song and there's a website listed for more information about the Billy Bragg penned "We Laughed". When you visit the website, be prepared to be touched in a very strong way by the bittersweet story. For the sake of fun there's a bit of the Blarney provided on "Mickey Relligan's Pup" and "Yankee Tom" is a humourous Bluegrass/Irish hybrid that the band claims is based on a true story. For fans of traditional music with an Irish/Newfoundland twist, this disc is definitely worth adding to your collection.
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Format: Audio CD
Despite more lineup changes than I can count, Newfoundland's answer to the Irish Rovers continues to be consistently entertaining.

Still under the guiding hand of founder/singer/guitarist Con O'Brien (the only original member), the band went to Newfie counterparts Great Big Sea to create its latest project. Singer Alan Doyle produced Southern Shore and the entire band sings on the rollicking, fun "Downtown Girl". That song aside, Doyle doesn't really bring much new to the table, since he was working with a band well established in song and spirit.

There's the usual mix of Irish favourites (Mick Maguire, Town of Ballybay), some songs unique to the Newfoundland (Six Horse-Power Coaker) and a bit of a tribute to recently departed Irish folk music legend Tommy Makem. Town of Ballybay and Four Green Fields are both Makem creations; the latter is a certified classic and I must admit the Descendants don't really do it justice -- but how can anyone but Makem bring the right touch to an iconic, metaphorical composition about the fight for Irish freedom? So I give the band kudos for trying.

My only gripe? The album's 12 tracks total just under 40 minutes. With a CD capable of holding double that length, a few more songs wouldn't have hurt. But that's a trifling complaint. This is still worth adding to your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Classic Descendants stuff Aug. 25 2007
By Francis King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Despite more lineup changes than I can count, Newfoundland's answer to the Irish Rovers continues to be consistently entertaining.

Still under the guiding hand of founder/singer/guitarist Con O'Brien (the only original member), the band went to Newfie counterparts Great Big Sea to create its latest project. Singer Alan Doyle produced Southern Shore and the entire band sings on the rollicking, fun "Downtown Girl". That song aside, Doyle doesn't really bring much new to the table, since he was working with a band well established in song and spirit.

There's the usual mix of Irish favourites (Mick Maguire, Town of Ballybay), some songs unique to the Newfoundland (Six Horse-Power Coaker) and a bit of a tribute to recently departed Irish folk music legend Tommy Makem. Town of Ballybay and Four Green Fields are both Makem creations; the latter is a certified classic and I must admit the Descendants don't really do it justice -- but how can anyone but Makem bring the right touch to an iconic, metaphorical composition about the fight for Irish freedom? So I give the band kudos for trying.

My only gripe? The album's 12 tracks total just under 40 minutes. With a CD capable of holding double that length, a few more songs wouldn't have hurt. But that's a trifling complaint. This is still worth adding to your collection.


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