Feb 18, 2019
If it wasn't for America, the traditional music of Ireland might no longer exist. America saved Irish music. That's the premise behind my 2014 album I recorded with Jamie Haeuser, How America Saved Irish Music.
I expected more of a backlash when I released the album title that was a parody of the book How the Irish Saved Civilization. I only got one nasty email.
I started immersing myself in Irish music in 1999. I learned a lot about Irish culture and music over the years. The Irish were forced out of Ireland. Their music traveled around the globe. It integrated with other cultures. Eventually, it found its way home.
When it did, it had changed. Blossomed and grew, yes. But changed as well
We all know that the jigs and reels are the backbone of Irish tunes. But underneath it, I heard something fascinating. It was the similarities between Irish and American rhythm.
The guitar was the clue. American guitarists changed music around the world. Listen to any guitarist playing Irish music and you will hear American rock-n-roll as its rhythmic backbone.
Irish guitar is rock-n-roll guitar underneath a reel and a jig.
This makes a little more sense when you think of Irish songs like "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye". That's the Irish version of the American Civil War song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". The Irish took a great American melody and gave it their own twist.
In a sense, How America Saved Irish Music is nothing new. Jamie Haeuser and I fused American rhythm, jazz, and blues to Irish immigration songs to create our own exploration of the Irish musical diaspora.
You'll hear the entire album this episode of the podcast, plus an interview with Jamie Haeuser.
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1:26 A Stor Mo Chroi
3:45 Star of the County Down
7:30 Gypsy Rover
10:50 Men of New Basin Canal
14:04 Bridget's Prayer
16:12 Ais Vis Lo Lop
19:04 Black Velvet Band
22:38 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
25:22 Streets of Laredo/Bard of Armagh
28:41 Whiskey, You're the Devil
31:08 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot
34:11 Mrs. McGraw
37:20 Leaving of Liverpool
40:25 Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
44:23 PUB CHAT
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45:29 COMMENTARY: How America Saved Irish Music
Marc Gunn plays autoharp and sings. Jamie Haeuser plays bodhran and sings. Violin and manolin by Sick. Katie Haeuser provides background vocals.
The albums was recorded by T.J. Barends at Sir-Reel Studios. The Gunns & Drums logo and graphic design were by Charles Davis. Back cover photo by Katie Haeuser at the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City.
53:26 A Stor Mo Chroi (Brian O'Higgins)
56:07 Star of the County Down (traditional)
1:00:40 Gypsy Rover (Leo Maguire)
1:06:15 Men of New Basin Canal (Jamie Haeuser and Marc Gunn)
1:09:22 INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE HAEUSER
1:29:00 Bridget's Prayer (Jamie Haeuser and Marc Gunn)
1:31:03 Ais Vis Lo Lop (traditional)
1:34:07 Black Velvet Band (traditional)
1:39:18 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
1:43:08 Streets of Laredo/Bard of Armagh (traditional)
1:47:23 Whiskey, You're the Devil (traditional)
1:50:46 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot (traditional)
1:55:38 Mrs. McGraw (traditional)
1:58:40 Leaving of Liverpool (traditional)
2:02:51 Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye (traditional)
2:07:58 UPCOMING SHOWS
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2:10:07 "The Parting Glass" by The Selkie Girls from Parting Glass
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