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Irish Music DVD, The Elders

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: CBUJ/Double Deal
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BHN7HA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TEP on October 21, 2007
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(Please note: the author met The Elders as they flew right after their gig at the World Fest on the Belvedere above the Ohio River in downtown, Louisville, Kentucky to their gig as the headliner band on Saturday Night at the Irish Fest at Crown Center in Kansas City, where over 20,000 screaming fans and a sold out terrace lawn crowd, as fire marshals had to close stairways to the venue and shut off ticket sales at the gates for the safety of the crowds already waiting. Crowds of over 85,000 attended the Irish Fest 2007 were pleased. The Elders gave the Party of the Century and brought out the masses! This year's Irish fest wiped out the festival's debt!)

My experience with The Elders in person and at a live concert:
At Standiford International Airport, waiting in Southwest Airline's section, tapping my feet, listening to my ipod, relying on my CD uploads, my selected music to break up the boring monotony of waiting for a plane in Louisville, Kentucky's airport to board, and early at that. I was an easy mark for a nice bunch of leprechauns to step out and convert me to a new genre of music.

Something so new to my ears: rock, with hints of pop rock, bluegrass, Celtic, Appalachian, country, a little jazz, sounds of such experienced showmen, wise directors and promoters of their craft, that under their seducing musical spell, I paused and took note. Something transfixed me. What is this pull? Something I instantly loved, something familiar...traces and reminiscences of an ancestor sailing to this shore...someone I knew long ago? How remarkable is this? As you listen, they share their Celtic stories and you will recognize them as someone worthy, someone you are supposed to know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Thorbury on January 13, 2008
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First, let me say this: If I were reviewing just the music, this DVD would rate five stars, no question. The Elders are great! I first heard them this past September, when I got to see them perform live at the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park. I fell in love with their energetic music despite an "iffy" sound system which had the volume cranked way too high for my own comfort. If I were to pigeonhole their style, it would be "Irish Country Rock".

The instrumental tracks "Michael's Ride" and "Turnpike", in particular, remind me of classic hoedown music. It's pretty obvious where bluegrass comes from. Another one, "Love of the Century", reminded me so much of John Denver that I went out and got an anthology of his classics, the kind of stuff I grew up on back in the 1970's. Such was the power of the nostalgia The Elders' music evoked in me. And "1849" packs a major emotional wallop, due to the fact that I first heard it the very week I learned that a close relative had cancer. Something about that wailing chorus raises my hackles every time I hear it.

I'm reminded of Runrig, a major Scottish rock band: They, like The Elders, tend to write very serious songs of remembrance and longing for bygone days, decrying the terrible injustices done to the Scottish and Irish peoples. Neither band pulls any punches. While I'm not, so far as I know, of Irish descent, I certainly am of Scottish and Welsh stock, so The Elders' music resonates with me quite strongly.

Of course, some of the music is in a lighter vein, such as "Packy Go Home", about a truant little boy who stokes the boiler too high and blows up his school. Another cheerful one is "Send a Prayer".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John G. Foley on April 5, 2008
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This group typifies the energy of the Irish culture that has moved through
their music choice and brought the product to world class performance.
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