- Welcome Here Kind Stranger
Welcome Here Kind Stranger is a 1978 album by
The Johnstons, Paul Brady toured with Planxty, but never recorded with them. His first solo album, "Welcome Here Kind Stranger" (1978), was his only solo folk album. It was voted "Folk album of the year" by Melody Maker. He then became and a rock singer and achieved chart success (the album "Trick or Treat" reached number 72). Despite the praise given to the album, it is something of a rarity. It was issued once on vinyl and once on cassette. It was not issued on CD (excluding a bad bootleg).
Two of the songs are long ballads - "I am a Youth that's Inclined to ramble" and "The Lakes of Pontchartrain". The latter had been recorded by Planxty on "Cold Blow and the Rainy Night", though Brady's version is slightly different. He later recorded it in Irish as "Bruach Loch Pontchartrain" on "Eist Vol.2: Éist Arís, Songs In Their Native Language" (various artists) (2002). The historical context of an Irishman in Louisiana is unclear. It might be set during the Battle of New Orleans. The songs are highly arranged - instruments are heard then disappear as they are replaced by others. This backfired on Brady when he tried to perform them at a concert in Liberty Hall,
Dublinin 1978. The audience burst into laughter as he laid down one instrument then picked up another while simultaneously singing.
Paul Brady had no power to force a record company to reissue the album, so he took matters into his own hand by issuing "The Liberty Tapes" in 2001 on CD. It appeared on his own record label - PBCD. He had asked the engineer to record his 1978 concert on "bog-standard" tape. He then forgot about them. In 2000 he rediscovered these tapes in his attic. Two tracks are missing: "Young Edmund", and the instrumental track. There are three additional songs plus three new tunes. The resulting live album is sometimes called "The Missing Liberty Tapes" because the word "missing" is in small letters on the sleeve. The title of the album is a line from the song "The Lakes of Pontchartrain".
Produced by Paul Brady and Dónal Lunny.
# Don't Call Again (Trad)
# I am a Youth that's inclined to ramble (Trad)
# Jackson and Jane (Trad)
# The Lakes of Pontchartrain (Trad)
# The Creel (Trad)
# Out the door and over the wall (Paul Brady)
# Young Edmund in the lowlands low (Trad)
# The Boy on the hilltop/Johnny goin' to Ceilidh (instr) (Trad)
# Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore (Trad)
* Paul Brady - vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and tin whistle
Noel Hill- concertina
Dónal Lunny- bouzouki and guitar
* Andy Irvine - hurdy gurdy, mandolin & harmonica
Tommy Peoples- fiddle
* [http://www.paulbrady.com/discog/welcome.asp Welcome Here]
* [http://www.irishmusicreview.com/brady.htm The Liberty Tapes]
* [http://www.sarcon.demon.co.uk/lyrics/r1232.txt Lakes of Ponchartrain]
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