In't Praties, Introduction

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This CD is a homage to Ireland, Irishmen and Irishwomen of all faiths and times.
Although I had always enjoyed what one today (2004) still calls Celtic music from childhood, it wasn't until 1964 that I first got seriously involved in "Irish Music". (I deliberately put the term Irish Music in quotes because over a musical lifetime I've come to the conclusion that Irish Music covers any song that has ever been sung by an Irishman or Irishwoman). It is to one certain Paddy Lynch, a great friend, a Dubliner and fellow Petty Officer that I have an eternal debt. Whilst on a promotion course in H.M.S. Collingwood in 1964 he introduced me to The Clancy Brothers, the noble art of dancing with chairs, throwing chairs at each other and in short all the Irish fun things along with some quite serious drinking and deep ongoing discussions of Irish history and the state of affairs in Ireland.
Over the years I've greatly admired the The Dubliners but cannot quite get along with the more modern groups because it seems to me that the emphasis has shifted away from lyrics to making nice instrumental pieces, fine for dancing perhaps, but decidedly not my thing. Gimme the lyrics!
The greater part of the tracks on this CD were recorded at Yellow Jacket Studio, Worpswede in July 2000 but it also has a few numbers previously recorded on Ditty Box at Stain Records, Osterholz-Scharmbeck in 1998. It was released as a DAM-CD in August 2000 at where it was on sale until December 2003. It was re-released as a hand-made CD in November 2005.

Geoff Grainger, Bremen, February 2004.

Credits: Photo Nina Lucie Würz © 2001; graphic layout Geoff Grainger.