Seamus Egan se inspiró en su historia familiar para crear Shamrock City su proyecto más ambicioso hasta la fecha. Shamrock City cuenta la historia de Butte, MT, un pueblo minero en el umbral del siglo 20, como se ve a través de los ojos de un inmigrante irlandés el tatara-tatara tío de Seamus, Michael Conway zarpó en 1910 de Cobh, en el condado de Cork en Irlanda a Filadelfia y luego se dirigió a Butte a trabajar en las minas de cobre. Seis años más tarde, a la temprana edad de 25 años, murio de un golpe en la cabeza. Con el audio grabado en Filadelfia y filmaciones en Butte, Shamrock City busca descubrir no sólo la vida y la muerte del joven de Conway, sino para iluminar también la vida de los inmigrantes durante la Revolución Industrial.
The story of ‘Shamrock City’, their 11th album, is a story of all these things but also of the hope, resistance and humour that those immigrants had and is the band’s most ambitious project to date. The album tells the story of Michael Conway, the great-great-uncle of Seamus Egan. Having left Ireland in 1910 he arrived in Butte, Montana aka Shamrock City (named so for the influx of Irish immigrants). 5000 miles from home in Roscommon only to find work in the copper mines. A family story of immigration, mining and murder.
solasMost of Butte’s Irish came directly or indirectly from West Ireland, predominately County Cork, but in large numbers from Mayo and Donegal as well. Six years after arriving in Butte Michael aged 25 was beaten to death by local policemen rumoured to be because of a row over fixing a boxing match.
An impressive list of musicians guest with Aoife O’Donovan singing the beautiful ‘Arbor Day’ and then fiery Irish-Scot folk veteran Dick Gaughan true to form on the angry ‘Labour Song’. Highly impressive fiddle work on the emotional ballads ‘Far Americay’ and ‘Welcome The Unknown’ by Horan and some fine instrumentals as well as the bluegrass influenced ‘Tell God And The Devil’, the LP’s standout track, and ‘No Forgotten Man’ make this outstanding album a must have for anyone with a interest in Irish music and history. Filled to the brim with stories its beauty is that it doesn’t stand as just one song or two but as a whole. As a testament to those 1000s of Irish who came to Butte. For many it was a death sentence and a sentence that came to them as young men. That sadness extends through Shamrock City but ends with the ‘No Forgotten Man’ and truly we shall remember them with pride. The live show is an interactive multi-media stage show featuring stories from and projected images of Butte that is receiving rave reviews so we can only hope that it wings ‘across the broad atlantic’…
solasOne hundred years later, it’s their story, but the struggles of the working class and immigrants are the same.
Shamrock City is for those then and now that believe in a better life, and are willing to risk it all for a chance at something more. It is to the credit of Irish-America that many are able to trace their ancestors right back to places like those copper tunnels of Butte or the hotels and hospitals of the great cities. It is only to be hoped that they can also sympathise and support those that have today taken the place of the Irish in those dirty, dangerous and low paid jobs that once only Irish need apply.
Seamus Egan - flauta, banjo tenor, mandolina, tin whistle, silbido bajo, guitarras, bodhran
Winifred Horan - violines, voces
Mick McAuley - acordeones, contertina, silbido, voz
Eamon McElholm - guitarras, teclados, voces
Moira Smiley - voz
2 Far Americay
3 Tap 'Er Light
4 Tell God and the Devil
5 Michael Conway
6 Girls on the Line
7 My Fancy
8 Lay Your Money Down
9C olumbia Gardens
10 Arbor Day
11 Welcome the Unknown
12 And Now, a Banjo Moment
13 High, Wide, and Handsome (The Wagoner / Twenty-Eighth of January)
14 Labour Song
16 No Forgotten Man