Album Review - Báidín Fheidhlimí - Gael Linn Singles from 1968-80

Gael Linn continue their series of re releases with this new collection of songs in the Irish language from the late 60's through to the 80's.  Listening to this I can't help being brought back to my school days.  Gael Linn state that the  CD "will evoke memories of good times in the past, when the ballad boom was at its height and every pub and club in Ireland was echoing to the sounds of rousing Irish folk songs." Very true indeed. 

Some of the artists present on the recording include Emmet Spiceland who could be considered the first Irish boyband with songs such as ‘Báidín Fheidhlimí’ and ‘Nóra Bheag’ Skara Brae who prompted the upsurge of the singing of songs as Gaeilge with their beautiful harmonies are also present.  Ar Poc Ar Buile is of course included.  "Adrienne and Lucy Johnston, Paul Brady, Mick Moloney were the four members of The Johnstons, who contributed handsomely to the folk revival with ‘Gleanntáin Ghlas’ Ghaoth Dobhair’. Also included on the compilation are Mac Murrough, a very attractive three-piece ballad group from Wexford, and, from Dublin, the very popular group Deirdre Downes and The Broadsiders remind us of their sweet version of ‘Gleann na Smól.’"  All in all its an interesting release that takes us back to a different time and a different country.  Its a specialist recording, nostalgic in nature and as always with Gael Linn the repackaging and enhanced audio work is first class.

1. Báidín Fheidhlimí Emmet Spiceland
2. Nóra Bheag Emmet Spiceland
3. Gleann na Smól Deirdre Downes & The Broadsiders
4. Mo Theaglach Deirdre Downes & The Broadsiders
5. Cóilín We4
6. Ná hOscail do Bheola We4
7. Ólain Puins Emmet Spiceland
8. Tá na Báid Emmet Spiceland
9. Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair The Johnstons
10. An Banbh The Johnstons
11.An Poc ar Buile Seán Ó Sé
12. Fan A Mhic, Tá Tú Ró-óg Breandán Ó Dúill & Skara Brae
13. An Damhán Alla Tomás Mac Eoin, Tomás Mac Con Iomaire & Máirtín Mac Donnchadha
14. An Cailín Álainn Tomás Mac Eoin, Tomás Mac Con Iomaire & Máirtín Mac Donnchadha
15. Cuan Bhaile na Cúirte MacMurrough
16. Ar Bhruach Loch Léin Golden Dawn
17. An Bealach seo 'tá romham Clannad
18. Faoileán Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Michael Ó Domhnaill & Dónal Lunny
19. Neansaí Dermot O'Brien

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