The Yellow Bittern, the Life and Times of Liam Clancy
Ian Nagoski writes:
THE YELLOW BITTERN, a new feature documentary from Alan Gilsenan, is an intimate, confessional yet highly cinematic film charts the remarkable rise to fame of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem from their small-town beginnings in County Tipperary in Ireland to the folk hey-day of Greenwich Village in the Sixties where they absorbed black musical influences and out-sold the Beatles. But these devil-may-care Irish actors (as they were then) were, in turn, to influence a host of artists from Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger to The Pogues. But this darkly revealing portrait also goes behind the mask of the performer and delves into the psyche of Liam Clancy andhis troubled personal life where the excesses of rock-and-roll found their way in to the world of folk.