The Johnny McEvoy Story - The Definitive Collection - Johnny McEvoy

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Disc 1
1. Muirsheen Durkin (with Sharon Shannon and her Big Band)
2. Those Brown Eyes 
3. Salonika
4. Gentle Annie
5. The Sailor
6. Where My Eileen Is Waiting
7. New York Girls
8. The Rare Old Times
9. Runaround Angel
10. The Town I left Behind (With Maurice Lennon)
11. Staten Island (with Gerry O’Connor and Maurice Lennon)
12. Tarry Flynn
13. Alice Ben Bolt
14. My Old Boat
15. The Hedgehog Song
16. Nora
17. My Homeland
18. Hard Times
19. When You Say Nothing At All (with Alice McEvoy) 
20. The Ballad of John Williams
21. Never Smelt The Roses

Disc 2
1. The Boston Burglar
2. Someday You’ll Call My Name 
3. Heart With No Companion
4. Boulavogue (With The Band of An Garda Siochana) 
5. The Ballad of St Anne’s Reel
6. Hank
7. Wedding Bells
8. Sing Me A Song
9. Michael
10. The Good Ship Kangaroo
11. The Boys of Barr Na Sraide
12. Going To California
13. St Brendan’s Fair Isle
14. The Last Thing On My Mind
15. Four Strong Winds
16. If Wishes Were Fishes
17. Rich Man’s Garden
18. Carrickfergus
19. Waltzing’s for Dreamers

Bonus Track
Muirsheen Durkin 

Johnny McEvoy has no peer when it comes to singing Irish ballads. In 1965 he became Ireland’s first folk pin-up when he had a huge hit with, “Muirsheen Durkin”. Fortyfive years later he is still at the top of his game and this outstanding collection of songs reinforces how much his soft sensuous voice and his brooding good looks, are still a part of the charisma that he exudes to this very day. When the ballad boom took off in Ireland at the tail-end of 1962, The Clancy Brothers, freshly returned from America and a hairy bunch of rabelasian musicians, called The Dubliners, set about reintroducing us to our folk song repertoire. In no time at all The Coffee Kitchen in Molesworth Street, The Old Triangle on Mount Street and The Universal Folk Club on Parnell Square, began attracting full houses and became the platforms for a new generation of rising stars. Fleadh Cheoils blossomed countrywide as folk singers with guitars mingled with traditional fiddlers, pipers, flute players and bodhrans. McEvoy’s fame was celebrated far and wide.In the early days of the boom, Ramblers Two were a popular duo made up of Johnny McEvoy and Mick Crotty. But Johnny had other fish to fry. He quit his fulltime job and as well as singing Irish ballads, he became the foremost Irish interpreter of Bob Dylan songs. Inevitably, the umbilical cord between Johnny and Mick was severed and Johnny soon began attracting a huge loyal following as a solo star. The hits kept coming. The Boston Burglar, Those Brown Eyes and Nora were all chart-toppers and Johnny grew so popular that he was invited by Maureen Potter to be part of her famous Gaels of Laughter show in The Gaiety Theatre. Johnny distinguished himself by reciting passages from the works of Sean O’Casey and singing the appropriate songs to go with them. Johnny still retains a theatrical style of singing, which turns songs like Carrickfergus into epic narratives. Over the years Johnny has also become an elegant songwriter and he has included a called “Hank” which is Johnny’s tribute to the great country songsmith,Hank Williams. The sparkling new version of “Muirsheen Durkin” with The Sharon Shannon Big Band, is a rousing start to this inspiring collection. It is a testament, to Johnny’s power to charm his faithful followers down all the years, as well as beguile a whole new generation with his pure ballad style