Tony Christie And Ranagri The Great Irish Songbook on Hybrid Stereo SACD
44 years after the release of his million-selling hit "Amarillo," Tony Christie rounds off his long career with a nostalgic trip to his family's Irish roots – and has produced an Irish folk album of the very highest musical and audio quality. For this project he was able to acquire the services of the band Ranagri. 12 of the most beautiful Irish folk classics including "Wild Mountain Thyme" and "Carrickfergus," were recorded by Christie and the band in the Grammy-nominated Stockfisch Studio in Northeim.
This album is not an idiosyncratic whim dreamed up over a few "jars" at the local pub, but brings to light an aspect of Tony Christie the artist which many won't have expected. The songs have profited immensely from the contemporary arrangements, making the "golden oldies" shine with a new brilliance. Various successful albums tipped the vote away from naming the production "Simply in Love with Irish Music" or alternatively "Made in Northeim." Quite deservedly, this album has been called The Great Irish Songbook.
With this SACD Christie traces his family roots, which are very definitely in Ireland. Like many of his generation, his great-grandfather went over to England looking for work. The legacy he left behind was a button accordion on the living-room cupboard and the songs of Ireland in the hearts of his family. This is really Christie's masterful musical homage to his heritage and his ancestors. For his fans and all other interested parties this album is a very gratifying and uplifting journey to the mysteries of the Irish-Celtic music culture – modern and in excellent sound quality.
Tony Christie, vocals
Donal Rogers, vocals, guitar, banjo
Eliza Marshall, flute, whistle
Jean Kelly, harp
Tad Sargent, bodhran, bouzouki