Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Halliard

"It's The Irish In Me" 1967

Probably the most influential group featured here is the Halliard, a trio featuring Dave Moran (vocals), Nic Jones (vocals, fiddle, guitar), and Nigel Pattison (mandolin, recorder). Although they are remembered mainly as the group that Jones was in before his solo career, the Halliard would have had a healthy impact on the English revival even if Jones had not gone on to greater fame on his own. Every year, folk revival bands revamp Halliard material. "The Lancashire Lads," as performed in recent years by Old Blind Dogs, was first fitted with its tune by the Halliard. So was "Boys of Bedlam," a song recorded by Tom Gilfellon and Steeleye Span and picked up from them by countless other groups. Strangely, neither of these famous Halliard arrangements appeared on their records, but they have nonetheless endured 35 years in the folk revival. The Halliard: Jon Raven was a last-minute recording made to sell on the Halliard's farewell tour. Although it was the trio's second album to be released, this disc looks to be the only source of Halliard songs on CD for some time. Apparently they consider their first album, The Irish in Me, an embarrassment (it's essentially a Dubliners pastiche).

2 Comments:

Blogger UK folk junkie said...

The great Lizard scores again! Sir, your impeccable taste is inexhaustable!

01 July, 2007 00:35  
Anonymous Freda01 said...

There are 2 further Halliard CDs available "The Halliard: Broadside Songs" (also a songbook by the same name with all their original tunes) and "The Last Goodnight!"

07 March, 2012 18:57  

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