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After six critically-acclaimed recordings and a decade of world-wide touring, Patrick Street has at last put its mighty live sound on record with Live From Patrick Street. Recorded during the band’s 1998 tour of Britain and Ireland, the album includes seven previously unrecorded tracks, featuring the best of their tunes performed with passion and intensity.
Billboard Magazine calls Patrick Street "a must for those who love Irish music." The band’s foundation is built on its members’ legendary talents. Master fiddler Kevin Burke (ex-Bothy Band), singer/bouzouki player Andy Irvine (ex-Planxty), accordion supremo Jackie Daly (ex-De Dannan) and multi-instrumentalist Ged Foley (formerly of the Battlefield Band, and now in The House Band) deliver the reels, jigs, and songs of Ireland with tightly executed arrangements and unparalleled musicianship.
Live From Patrick Street gloriously revisits the Penguin Café Orchestra’s "Music for a Found Harmonium," which Patrick Street was the first Irish group to popularize, and which has become their signature song. Also featured are terrific versions of "The Holy Ground" (written by former band member Gerry O’Beirne), and "Stewball and the Monaghan Grey Mare," Irvine’s superb interpretation of an old classic. The band’s new instrumentation features Irvine’s electric bouzouki and hurdy gurdy, while Burke and Foley embrace the exhilarating joys of twin fiddling. A perfect blend of masterful playing and dynamic performance, Live From Patrick Street captures the quartet’s magic in its purest form.
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