The Rising of The Moon Album Cover Featured in IRISH ART 1920-2020
"We are chuffed to discover that The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem record album cover for The Rising of The Moon, designed by Louis le Brocquy for Tradition Records is featured in IRISH ART 1920-2020 in an essay by design historian and educator Linda King" said Joan Clancy.
Published by the Royal Irish Academy, "this book of essays considers how a range of established formats and thematics of art were fundamentally challenged and changed in Ireland during that time" wrote Catherine Marshall and Yvonne Scott in the Editors' foreword.
The Rising of the Moon, Irish Songs of the Rebellion was recorded by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem in New York City in 1959.
Louis le Brocquy also designed the cover for The Lark in the Morning for Tradition Records at that time. Both covers won graphics awards for Best Album Designs of the year.
The most famous Irish ballad singers in the world, the phenomenal success of The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem gave the Irish at home and abroad a new pride in their heritage when they burst upon the international folk scene in Greenwich Village in New York City in the early 60s.
They took the folk songs they had grown up with in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary and Keady, Co Armagh respectively, and with their theatrical training, injected new life into the old songs performing some of them to faster rhythms to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, tin whistle and harmonica. They wore bainín Aran Sweaters when performing in concerts and on TV and brought Irish culture and style to a whole new audience worldwide.
The songs of The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem have become part of the fabric of Irish society.