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Mother Machree
That Irish songs flourished not only on the European side of the Atlantic but also the American was due especially to the tenor Chauncey Olcott. Like his contemporary Eugene Stratton, Olcott was born in Buffalo, was educated by the Christian Brothers, and became a performer with Haverly’s Mastodon Minstrels. Whereas Stratton settled as a black-face performer in Britain, Olcott (who was brought up by his Irish-born mother after his father’s early death) became the archetypal American Irishman, writing and performing sentimental songs evoking Ireland and its people. These included ‘My wild Irish rose’ (1899) and ‘When Irish eyes are smiling’ (1912), as well as ‘Mother Machree’. He introduced this last in a romantic drama Barry of Ballymore by Rida Johnson Young, a former actress who had been Victor Herbert’s librettist on Naughty Marietta. Olcott’s musical collaborator was Ernest R Ball, a vaudeville pianist who was staff arranger for the Witmark publishing company.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003

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Details for CDH55210 track 20
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-62720
Duration
2'40
Recording date
15 September 1992
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. The last rose of summer (CDA66627)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: March 1993
    Deletion date: November 2004
    Superseded by CDH55210
  2. The last rose of summer (CDH55210)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: June 2005
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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