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Whiskey in the Jar – The Dubliners

Whiskey in the Jar - The Dubliners Artist: The Dubliners
Album: Whiskey in the Jar
Release Date: October 15, 1996
Genre: International
Styles: Irish Folk, Traditional Irish Folk, Drinking Songs, Celtic, Celtic Folk, Traditional Celtic

The 52 tracks here on three CDs — which include rebel songs, songs about the Troubles, drinking songs, traditional folk songs (most notably the famed title track), and sea shanties — are drawn entirely from the Dubliners’ classic 1960s library, all originally recorded and released between 1967 and 1969, and come from live performances as well as studio recordings. The vocals are, of course, the focus of most of their work, but that’s not to suggest that the tin whistle, banjo, mandolin, and other instruments brought to the table by the quintet are any less compelling — anyone who doubts it can check out “The Partin’ Glass” on disc two. A handful of jigs and reels, among them “The Fairmoye Lasses and Sporting Paddy,” add to the variety of sounds, and the mastering is clean and bright, if not exceptional in any way.

The only flaw is the absence of any annotation or credits, but the music speaks well enough for itself to overcome that defect. It’s delightful listening, just under two hours in all, from the group’s early years of fame, and upon its original release was also one of the best bargains in the Dubliners’ CD catalog as well as a great introduction to the group — although there is obviously no shortage of compilations of the Dubliners’ work.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Whiskey in the Jar The Dubliners
Galway Races The Dubliners
Old Alarm Clock The Dubliners
Rising of the Moon The Dubliners
Poor Paddy on the Railway The Dubliners
Nancy Whiskey The Dubliners
Darby O’Leary The Dubliners
Maid of the Sweet Brown Knowe The Dubliners
Quare Bungle Rye The Dubliners
Poor Old Dicey Riley The Dubliners
A Muirsheen Durkin The Dubliners
McCafferty The Dubliners
Travelling People The Dubliners
Molly Bawn The Dubliners
Seven Drunken Nights The Dubliners
Weila Waila The Dubliners
Limerick Rake The Dubliners
Net Hauling Song The Dubliners
Whiskey on Sunday The Dubliners
Mrs. McGrath The Dubliners
Partin’ Glass The Dubliners
(Bonny) Shoals of Herring The Dubliners
Mormon Braes The Dubliners
Dundee Weaver The Dubliners
I Wish I Were Back in Liverpool The Dubliners
Go to Sea No More The Dubliners
All For Me Grog The Dubliners
Gentleman Soldier The Dubliners
I’m a Rover The Dubliners
Fairmoye Lasses and Sporting Paddy The Dubliners
Black Velvet Band The Dubliners
Seven Deadly Sins The Dubliners
Many Young Men of Twenty The Dubliners
Maloney Wants a Drink The Dubliners
Croppy Boy The Dubliners
Come and Join the British Army The Dubliners
Maids When You’re Young Never Wed an Old Man The Dubliners
Tibby Dunbar The Dubliners
Inniskillen Dragoons The Dubliners
Peggy Gordon The Dubliners
Kelly, The Boy From Killan The Dubliners
A Nation Once Again The Dubliners
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