Tara Music Company are pleased to announce the re-release of the best selling 'Stockton's Wing Live - Take One
"Stockton's Wing rendered the hoariest of western folk traditions with an urgency and vitality every bit as strong as another Irish band, U2." Joe Sasfy, Washington Post
Stockton's Wing Live - Take One' includes the definitive versions of some of the group's best-known and best-loved tracks including;
"As folk musicians, the band has virtuosity to spare - particularly fiddler Maurice Lennonand flautist Paul Roche." Jon Pareles, New York Times.
STOCKTON'S WING - Live - Take One Tara Music TARACD 4016 12 tracks, 45 minutes Originally released in 1985, this CD version will delight Stockton's Wing fans and newcomers alike. Perhaps one of the most curious bands of the 70s and 80s folk revival, and certainly one of the most puzzling names, Stockton's Wing managed to bring Irish music and pop/rock together without compromising their traditional credentials. As a result, a whole generation of young Irish musicians grew up playing the old tunes in a new way. For folkies, they represented the acceptable face of rock music. For trendies, they lent some street cred to Irish music in the days before street cred was invented. For me, they were and are a bunch of white-hot musicians who recorded some ground-breaking albums - and Live - Take One is no exception. Kieren Hanrahan, Paul Roche, Maurice Lennon and Tommy Hayes all had All-Ireland titles under their belts. The addition of singer Mike Hanrahan produced a supergroup with real Celtic fire in its belly. The influence of their songs and instrumentals alike was enormous: Beautiful Affair, Walk Away and In Our World are still requested wherever forty-somethings gather to drink porter. Skidoo and The Chicago Reel set a standard which endures to this day. Listen to The Golden Stud or Silent Dreams and you'll hear the forerunners of Riverdance, created by the man who produced this album. In many ways, Stockton's Wing have never really gone away: they just keep organising reunion concerts! Those of you who still have the LP will notice that the CD version is longer by ten minutes and three tracks. Tara have added studio versions of Sally Lennon's, In Our World and The Mason's Apron as bonus tracks. The energy level is almost as high as in the live act, and it's fascinating to hear the crystal clear recording. I'd still have preferred Tara to squeeze two albums onto the CD, but that's commercial reality for you: take it or leave it. Alex Monaghan - Irish Music Magic
"A great CD with a good mixture of instrumental and vocal
tracks. I throughly enjoyed the CD. The four young men are very
good instrumentalists and play an interesting range of instruments.
The beat is strong without being over powering, and the vocals are
clear. The arrangements are modern but keep the message going. Track
2 Walk Away is a real toe tapper which would help to raise the spirit
if needed. Mason's Apron also has a good strong beat a must for
dancers. Track 5 Beautiful Affair is a vocal, it is sung with sensitivity
but with a modern beat. This is a CD I will definately listen to
again and again, it's refreshing, bright and lively and should be
a great hit with all ages."