The Mountain of the Women: Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour

The Mountain of the Women Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour In an irresistible tale of a life lived fully if not always wisely Liam Clancy of the legendary Irish group the Clancy Brothers describes his eventful journey from a small town in Ireland in the

  • Title: The Mountain of the Women: Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour
  • Author: Liam Clancy
  • ISBN: 9780385502047
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In an irresistible tale of a life lived fully, if not always wisely, Liam Clancy, of the legendary Irish group the Clancy Brothers, describes his eventful journey from a small town in Ireland in the 1930s into the heart of the New York music scene in the 1950s and 60s Following in the grand tradition of such Irish memoirs as Angela s Ashes and Are You Somebody , Liam ClaIn an irresistible tale of a life lived fully, if not always wisely, Liam Clancy, of the legendary Irish group the Clancy Brothers, describes his eventful journey from a small town in Ireland in the 1930s into the heart of the New York music scene in the 1950s and 60s Following in the grand tradition of such Irish memoirs as Angela s Ashes and Are You Somebody , Liam Clancy relates his life s story in a raucously funny and star studded account of moving from provincial Ireland to the bars and clubs of New York City, to the cusp of fame as a member of Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers Born in 1935, the eleventh out of as many children, young Liam was a naive and innocent lad of the Old Country His memories of childhood include bounding over hills, streams, and the occasional mountain, getting lost, and eventually found, and making mischief in the way of a typical Irish boy.As an aimless nineteen year old, Clancy met a strange and wonderfully energetic lover of music, Ms Diane Guggenheim, an American heiress She and a colleague from America had set out to record regional Irish folk music, and their undertaking led them to Carrick on Suir in the shadow of Slievenamon, The Mountain of the Women, where Mammie Clancy had been known to carry a tune or two in her kitchen Guggenheim fell for young Liam and swept him along on her travels through the British Isles, the American Appalachians, and finally Greenwich Village, the undisputed Mecca for aspiring artists of every ilk in the late 1950s Clancy was in New York to become an actor But on the side, he played and sang with his brothers, Paddy and Tom, and fellow countryman Tommy Makem, in pubs like the legendary White Horse Tavern In the heady atmosphere of the Village, Clancy s life was a party filled with music, sex, and McSorley s His friendships with then unknown artists such as Bob Dylan, Maya Angelou, Robert Redford, Lenny Bruce, Pete Seeger and Barbra Streisand form the backdrop of the charming adventures of a small town boy making it big in the biggest of cities In music circles, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are known as the Beatles of Irish music The band s music continues to play on jukeboxes in pubs and bars, in living rooms of folk music fans, and in Irish American homes throughout the country Liam Clancy s lively memoir captures their wild adventures on the road to fame and fortune, and brings to life a man who never lets himself off the hook for his sins, and happily views his success as a blessing.From the Hardcover edition.

    One thought on “The Mountain of the Women: Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour”

    1. This is a wonderful autobiography, frank and personal, lively and funny, giving due space to the show business world that made the author famous but rarely simply namedropping -- I found the portraits of the people I'd heard of just as vivid as those I hadn't. Liam Clancy depicts two cultures, the rigid, small-town Ireland of his youth, and the turbulent cities of America in the fifties and sixties, and his own mental, moral, and artistic development, as he changes to someone his mother barely r [...]

    2. Shy, Liam Clancy, the youngest of eleven children, grew up in a blindly un-questioning Catholic home in a small, insular town in Ireland. Even though he became the protoge' of the pre-jet-setting, somewhat unbalanced, suicide-attempting, heiress, Diane Guggenheim, who took him in tow around Ireland, Appalachia, the Village and New England; even though he wound up in Greenwich Village, that epi-center of the Beat Generation and folk music, during the heady 1950's and '60's; even though he was inv [...]

    3. We downloaded this book from audible and listened to the voice of Liam Clancy reading his own story. Oh my It was shear poetry! It wasn't just a reading, it was a PERFORMANCE. He was, after all, a stage actor before the singing group became famous. The audiobook is also interspersed with singing so it is a treasure for fans. Now I want to buy the paper version of the book so that I can highlight some of the things he said. No people love language and poetry like the Irish!

    4. I want Liam Clancy to write the follow-up. I think his contribution to music is major and he has many more storied to tell.

    5. I grew up not far from Carraig on Suir, Maken and Clancy were a big part of my childhood but I knew little of their early story so I really enjoyed this extremely readable memoir. I did feel, as I've seen others say, that he didn't say much about the actual music and songs themselves, it certainly isn't a music biog. Then again he grew up steeped in music so I can see why compared to the fascinating chances of fortune that presented themselves an exposition of the songs origins etc would have be [...]

    6. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have heard, played, and sung Liam's music since the 1950's. I've even met him a few times. But I knew him only as the consummate singer, the balladeer. Reading "The Mountain of the Women" I came to know him as a poet, as an actor, and as a human being. Since his family home was Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, just down the road from my Dad's ancestral home, reading his descriptions of the countryside filled in some blanks for me, made me remember some places I'v [...]

    7. Liam Clancy was a great performer, a talented musician, and an inspiring man. Sadly, instead of focusing on Clancy's career in music, The Mountain of Women focuses much more on his acting career and his rowdy love-life, all across a confusing chronology. I know Liam Clancy as a member of one of the Irish folk revival's most important musical groups, yet he rarely mentions music. I can't help but be disappointed.

    8. B Clancy - Autobiographical memoir of Liam Clancy's youth in Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland; his song collecting journeys with his patroness, American heiress Diane Guggenheim; and his struggling years as an actor in Greenwich Village while the singing group The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem gained success.

    9. Autobiography of Liam Clancy of the Clancy Brothers singing group. He tells a good story of his childhood in Ireland, his early struggles as an actor, and their unexpected success as a singing group.

    10. this had a lot of charm. I had never known how the Clancy brothers had wanted to be actors rather than singers. Liam shows a talent for writing and its a shame that this autobiography stops at the point where they became famous, and wont ever now go any further.

    11. If you can plow through the thick bit of Irish history at the beginning, you'll be okay. Very entertaining bio.

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