I just ran across some Celtic Thunder videos on YouTube from their newest album. It's called "Heritage" and is evidently supposed to be more Irish music. I think someone did their homework on Irish music by listening to Liam because two of the songs on the album are "The Dutchman" and "A Place In The Choir." Honestly, as overproduced and phony as that group is, I would like to slap every one of them "up side the head" as we say in the American south, and tell them to NEVER again sing any songs done by anyone named Clancy or Makem...not EVER. I swear, they're worse than having a modern day Tin Pan Alley cranking out fake Irish songs.
At least some of the folks in the original Tin Pan Alley days had Irish backgrounds and wrote the sterile, idealized, vapid music they did because they wanted to escape the horrific memories of the famine. They stayed away from any true Irish traditional music on purpose because of the terrible memories it brought back of loved ones they'd lost. With Celtic Thunder, they can take a real Irish song, base their version on an Americanized rock and roll version, and totally lose the Irish character of the song altogether. Case in point, "Whiskey In The Jar" on their Heritage album. It's just sad.