Saturday, September 30, 2006

Boys of the Lough

"Boys of the Lough" 1972
"Second Album" 1973

Boys of the Lough are one of the past masters of celtic music, combining members from several celtic traditions with a long history; where other celtic groups last a few years, the Boys are now in their third decade and retain two of their earliest members. Like that other long-running act the Chieftans, their music tends to the formal; impeccable technique and sensitivity, with large, sometimes classical-style arrangements, and very tight ensemble playing. They lack the fire and roughness of other groups; the overall feeling is of a group of skilled, well-integrated musicians playing together for the pure pleasure of it.

The history of the Boys has several twists and turns. The group was formed in 1967, as a trio of Cathal McConnell, Tommy Gunn of Fermanagh and Robin Morton from Portadown. Tommy Gunn later dropped out and the remaining duo recorded "An Irish Jubliee" in 1969. At the sametime, Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and singer/guitarist Mike Whelans were playing on the Scottish folk circuit. The two duos met up at the Falkirk folk festival where they played together and some time later, in 1971 came together for good. Dick Gaughan of Leith replaced Mike in 1972 and this lineup recorded the first 'official' group album in 1972.

Dick, in turn, left in 1973 and was replaced by Dave Richardson of Northumberland, bringing in new instruments including, cittern, banjo and mandolin. This lineup continued for several year, touring widely in Europe and America and releasing 6 albums, two of them recorded live. Live at Passim's was recorded at Passim's in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Wish You Were Here comes from a tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Robin Morton left in 1979 and was replaced with Dave Richardson's brother, Tich, on guitar. Tich was killed in a road accident in late 1983. After some time, the band came together again with new members Christy O' Leary and John Coakley and have kept that lineup ever since.

Aly Bain: Fiddle
Dick Gaughan: Vocal, Guitar (1st album)
Cathal McConnell: Vocal, Flute, Whistle
Robin Morton: Vocal, Concertina, Bodhran
Dave Richardson: Mandolin, Banjo, Cittern (2nd album)
Producer: Bill Leader

11 Comments:

Blogger ejg said...

thanks for posting these.
i've been looking for the first one with gaughan for a long time
ejg

30 September, 2006 09:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANXS THANXS THANXS THANXS ETC ETC ETC.. for this posts. PLEASE, post more albums of this band. you're great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carlos - Brazil

30 September, 2006 19:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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30 September, 2006 22:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AND BROTHER CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE NAME OF THE BLOG I LOVE NICK DRAKES MUSIC I LISTEN AT THE MOMENT THE ANTHOLOGICAL ELTON JOHN NICK DRAKE SESSIONS IS GREAT ARTIST IS A GENIUS FANTASTIC FANTASTIC THE FILE TIME OF NO REPLY EXPIRED PLEASE PLEASE REPOST THAT FILE
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30 September, 2006 23:17  
Blogger Eerowen said...

Oh, Lizardson... ejg and I can scarcely keep up. You are, as they say, "The Man." Thanks a lot for both of these.

I guess this is the kick in the pants I need to finally get around to ripping that first Five Hand Reel record to post over at GSU!

01 October, 2006 10:20  
Blogger Lizardson said...

Thank you!

01 October, 2006 14:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lizardson. I've been downloading a number of the more traditional albums you've posted here - thank you so very much! I own them on LP and it's wonderful to be able to download them as MP3s. These two Boys of the Lough albums seem to have expired, I hope you will re-up them. Their first album has remained one of my all-time favorites for almost 30 years.

03 April, 2007 21:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for reposting these great titles. Can I request a possible repost of "The Fallen Angels" second lp.
The artists index link shows it has been deleted from fileshare. Hopefully it's still available.

16 April, 2007 02:57  
Blogger frypan59 said...

Oh gosh, is there any chance you might repost this impossible to find gem (the first album)?

19 March, 2012 08:35  
Anonymous Dunk Rock (UFX) said...

Please is there any chance you could repost the first Boys of the Lough album? Huge fan of Dick Gaughan's voice and can't get this album anywhere...

14 June, 2012 08:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WARNING: INTERNET LANDFILL! Do not fall into the trap your search engine led you into!

11 July, 2012 06:18  

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