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April 28, 2004 Home > Irish Story > Irish Post > Entertainment

TR Dallas rambles on

I was recently up in Derby Irish Centre to watch TR Dallas perform and came away the lucky recipient of TR’s latest album Rambling Boy. 

Derby Irish Centre is one of the many Irish Centres in England working hard to keep an Irish identity alive in their area, not only with regular music from local Irish acts, but also by having special evenings starring the cream of Ireland’s country and Irish artists as well as top folk band The Wolfetones who will soon be making their second appearance in Derby. 

Centres such as Derby Irish Centre need as much publicity as possible, both from Irish papers and Irish radio shows, to entice local people and visitors to support their endeavours to keep the very best of country and Irish music alive and kicking. 

Derby Irish Centre have rewarded their members and guests with shows from Eamon McCann, Jimmy Buckley, Shawn Cuddy, Collette and Jive Beat Country, Conor McKay and Ursula over the past three years, and are now becoming firmly established as a top Irish club in the Midlands of England for both established and up-and-coming acts.

It was TR’s first visit to Derby and the crowd loved this gentle giant from Moate in Co. Westmeath. Ably assisted by Dessie Hynes, TR put on a show that he has become famous throughout Ireland and further afield. TR, real name Tom Allen, is the brother of Tony Allen of Foster and Allen renown, and he shot to fame with his Stetson and challenging single Who Shot JR? Tom still sports the Stetson and his audiences still crave for his hit single. 

Rambling Boy has 14 excellent tracks, opening with the title track, which is one of my favourites from the pen of the unique American folk legend Tom Paxton. Two Irish men who have lived in the Midlands of England have their compositions aired, with Jim Corbett’s Guinness Song creating a lively sing-along feeling, and Denis Barron’s beautiful ballad Limerick Vales. 

Another earlier hit of Tom’s is 21 Acres Of Land, which echoes the often repeated complaint from small farmers in Ireland that it is impossible to keep a family on a handful of acres and that emigration is the only answer.

Why Can’t We? is a thought-provoking track challenging us to explain why nature and small children can grow up together but adults find it so hard to cross cultural, religious and social barriers. 

The Lassies from Belmullet and the Boys from Castlebar will appeal to not only the Mayo contingent but also to anyone who loves an old fashioned quickstep. John Shorthall is a tribute in the first instance to a local musician who could always be guaranteed to turn up for socials and community events without demanding a fee, but it should indeed be attributed to so many local musicians who keep their genre of music alive because they understand the importance of music in today’s fast-growing villages and towns. 

Waxing Labels laments the fact that ,while health warnings are regularly broadcast about the perils of overindulgence in drink, tobacco and drugs, little is said to remind us that songs can bring tears to your eyes, a lump in your throat, a wrenching in your guts, and a painful tug at the old heart strings. 

TR has a voice to enthral all of his listeners and his arrangement of Rambling Boy has produced an album that has to be included in your music collection.

TR Dallas, Rambling Boy, 00353 648 1368.




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