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Vemod is a Swedish word that translates as “tender sadness.” Weltschmerz is a German term that means “sentimental pessimism.” In Celtic, Ta bron orm literally means “I have sadness on me.” And all of these words and phrases can be used to describe your typical Irish memoir, which usually revels in the emerald trinity—melancholy, melodrama, and morbid guilt—with a few sprinklings of divine humor. Like a slow-poured Guinness, folksinger Liam Clancy’s The Mountain of the Women: Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour is as familiar as it is tasty. Clancy’s book is named after the breastlike peak, Slievenamon (complete with an ancient nipplesque cairn on top), that dominated the landscape near his home in the Irish village of Carrick-on-Suir. So it seems right that women have had a large impact on the artist’s life: His troubled but strong mother first sang the songs that the Clancy Brothers (pictured) and Tommy Makem made popular to American ears in the ’60s, and benefactor Diane Guggenheim helped bring Liam to New York as an aspiring actor. Many relationships—including Greenwich Village friendships with the likes of Lenny Bruce—and bottles of booze later, Clancy has survived to happily tell his tale with only a touch of vemod. Hear it in person when Clancy reads and sings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Christopher Porter)