In Dublin Town
In Dublin Town is the long-awaited first album of Irish balladeer, Philip M. Price. Produced by Arctic Siren Productions and AE Music, this debut album includes a selection of Irish ballads, traditional songs, and original pieces that Philip has made his own while delighting audiences across Europe, the United States, South America, and Central Asia for the past forty years. Unlike most popular Irish folk performers today, all of Philip's songs have a uniquely Dublin sound reminiscent of The Dubliners and the late Frank Harte.
Philip accompanies his driving yet dulcet vocal stylings with an energetic rhythm guitar and playful mandolin. Philip has also brought along some of his favorite traditional (and not-so-traditional) Alaskan music legends. In Dublin Town includes: *the raucous fun and exciting sounds of the Rogues and Wenches in "The Monk" and "Monto" * the rich harmonies of The Derry Aires in "Dicey Reilly" and "Nobody Told Me" * the hauntingly beautiful voice of Peggy Monaghan in "Forever Green" and "Eileen Og" * the lively and captivating banjo of John Walsh and penny whistle of Ben Saylor in "The Beggarman" and "Craic Was Ninety in the Isle of Man" * the dazzling keyboard talents of Kevin Barnett in "Flower of Finae" and "She's a Girl" * the heart-pounding bodhran rhythms of Hunter Woofter and Covenant Faithfulness in "Maid of Cabra West" * the playful harmonica stylistics of Linda Stromquist in "Paddy Works on the Railway" * the authentic and engaging concertina melodies of Denise Martin in "Dublin City" and "Rout of the Blues" * the smooth and twangy bluegrass bass and dobro undertones of Stu Schulman in the "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms/Rocky Top" medley * and the gentle and charismatic old-time fiddle of Amanda Kerr in "Teach Her."
In Dublin Town includes many authentic Dublin ballads, such as "Monto," "Dublin City," "Maid of Cabra West," "Whack Fol the Diddle," and "Dicey Reilly." It also includes some perennially favorite traditional and contemporary Irish songs, such as "The Beggarman," "Eileen Og," Flower of Finae," and "Craic Was Ninety in the Isle of Man." It even includes one lovely English song, "The Rout of the Blues." In addition to these popular songs, In Dublin City also contains five of Philip's original songs, including "Forever Green," a moving and melancholy ballad about the tragic loss of Alaskan Irish musician and mountaineer, Gerard McDonnell, who lost his life on K2 just moments after becoming the first Irishman to ascend it.
Although Dublin at its core, In Dublin Town is full of musical variety. A range of musical styles and genres are represented on the album, from traditional Irish favorites to an American bluegrass medley to an Old-Timey original to a scary bare-bones ballad with only a percussion heartbeat to a ragtime piano song to historic Dublin ballads. The wide range of styles is all held beautifully together with the constant strong and passionate voice of Philip M. Price.