Thursday, May 03, 2007

Presented by Anonymous

Christy Moore "Paddy on the Road" 1969

The older brother of Irish folk-pop singer-songwriter Luka Bloom (Barry Moore), Christy Moore is one of contemporary Irish music's best singer-songwriters. The former lead vocalist and chief songwriter of Planxty and Moving Hearts, Moore helped to bring the musical traditions of Ireland up to modern standards. As a solo singer-songwriter, Moore has continued to add elements of rock and popular music to his well-crafted, tradition-based tunes and has been a major inspiration to such modern Irish artists as U2, Sinead O'Connor and the Pogues. Traditional Irish music had little influence on Moore's early music. Trained in old-time pop tunes and religious music, Moore was inspired as a teenager by the rock & roll of American artists including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. It wasn't until he had moved to London, where he heard Irish folk songs sung in Irish ghettos, that he became aware of the musical traditions of his homeland. Acquiring an acoustic guitar and Irish drum (bodhran), Moore began busking in the streets. Moore continued to attract attention with his original, folk-like songs after returning to Ireland in the late 1960s. Moore's debut solo album, Paddy on the Road, was released in 1969.

Munroe "Celtic Folkweave" 1974
(Mick Hanly & Micheal O'Dhomhnaill)

Micheal O'Dhomhnaill:
Micheal started his musical career in the late-sixties. Having been brought up in Kells, Co. Meath, he spent most of his summers in Rann na Feirste (Rannafast) in the Donegal Gaeltacht, his father's native place. There he met Daitií Sproule and together they formed Skara Brae along with his sisters Tríona and Maighread. The teenage group released a much acclaimed self-titled album. His duo with Mick Hanly as Munroe produced the Celtic Folkweave album. Then followed a relatively short but highly influential period with the Bothy Band with extensive touring and the release of many great albums. The group consisted of Mícheál & Tríona, Donal Lunny, Paddy Keenan, Matt Molloy, Paddy Glackin/Tommy Peoples/Kevin Burke.

When the Bothy Band parted ways in the early eighties, Mícheál emigrated to the U. S. There he performed in groups such as Nightnoise with Tríona, Brian Dunning and Billy Oskay/Johnny Cunningham, producing many albums over a 15 year period. Puck Fair with Tommy Hayes and Brian Dunning and Relativity with Tríona and brothers Phil and the late Johnny Cunningham, R.I.P. He also played, toured and recorded with fiddler Kevin Burke resulting in two of the finest traditional albums, Promenade and Portland.

Harvey Andrews "Friends of Mine" 1973

Born May 7, 1943, in Birmingham, England, Harvey Andrews had been singing since childhood, but while at college he was turned on to American folk. He began singing at a folk club owned by the Ian Campbell Folk Group in 1964, and appeared on an EP with folk revivalist Martin Carthy in 1965. Andrews was a teacher through most of the late '60s, but in 1970 he released Places & Faces, his debut solo album. An appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival that same year heightened expectation for a follow-up, and Writer of Songs did quite well when it appeared in 1972. He spent the following year touring with the art rock band Focus, and also completed his third album. Andrews appeared on the BBC TV series The Camera and the Song during 1975, and also collaborated with guitarist Graham Cooper for the album Fantasies From a Corner Seat. He formed his own Beeswax label in 1982 to release his recordings and re-release selections from his back catalog. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

Harvey andrews‏:
I see from your site you have my album "Friends of mine" up for download. Could I ask you to remove it please as I earn my living by selling this album for which I pay a royalty to the owners. it is an infringement of my copyright.

Emmet Spiceland "The First" 1968

In the mid-1960s, Donal Lunny, Brian Bolger, and Mick Maloney formed The Emmet Folk Group. The name Emmet-Spiceland came about when Mick Maloney left the band to join The Johnstons and Brian and Donal teamed up with Michael and Brian Byrne from Sheffield's Spiceland Folk shortly before winning the Wexford Ballad contest in 1967. (In the previous year the Emmet Folk had come second to The Johnstons). For a while the group was a quartet.

The Byrnes' father, Tommy, was a Feis Ceoil winner three years running in the Thirties. However, Brian Bolger left the band within a short time and they continued as a trio. The Wexford success led to a recording deal and in February of 1968 their Mary from Dungloe topped the Irish singles chart. Noted for their tight harmony arrangements, the band went on to success with their recordings of Baidin Feidhlimuid (1967) and Tá na Báid.

In 1969, Leo O'Kelly, who had been playing with the Tropical Showband from the age of 14 through 19, joined the band, replacing Donal Lunny who had reportedly "given up music to concentrate on his art." The trio did several tours over the next year, but their final tour (of the United States) featured Donal back in the band after Michael decided not to make the trip.

They broke up after the tour with Leo going on to form Tir na Nog in 1970. Meanwhile, Donal focused on making jewelry for a time until he was ask by Christy Moore to play on the landmark album, Prosperous. The musicians who played on the album would go on to form the legendary Planxty, at which point Donal gave up jewelry making for good.

Brian Byrne went on to achieve fame in the London production of Jesus Christ Superstar.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a blogmaster extraordinaire! Keep up the good work.

03 May, 2007 21:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wonderful you are!! I am a devoted Tir Na Nog fan, and am very anxious to hear this music. I don't know how I would have ever been able to do so without your generous blog...

05 May, 2007 12:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Munroe album is lovely. I've had this version of the Banks of Claudy on a compilation LP for years and have been looking for ages to get the rest of the album.

05 May, 2007 18:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing the Harvey Andrews takes me back - I saw him on that tour with Focus - loved him but didn't go for Focus - bought this album but never really followed it up. Thanks for the opportunity to hear it again!

06 May, 2007 20:20  
Blogger Private Beach said...

If Harvey Andrews wants us to buy his album, perhaps he could tell us where to find it. It's not listed on Amazon UK.

30 October, 2007 14:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you got written permission and a watertight a contract that allows you to offer all these copyrighted albums for free download?

If you do not, then you are breaking the law, while depriving hard-wroking musicians and their record companies of their rightful earnings.

None of these artists should have to waste their valuable time tracking you down and getting their albums removed.

You claim you are helping to promote good music. But you are not. You are merely undermining the whole indstry. Your motivation is merely to make yourself impressive to the world by borrowing the clothes of talented people.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

All this music is available elsewhere, through legitimate outlets that can easily be found with a web search.

If an artist wants to offer a few tracks, or parts of tracks for promotional purposes, that is their choice based on their own business situation (many of these albums you've put up are still owned by the record companies - who will come after you with a lawyers writ).

You do not have any right to make a website like this.

Kindly close it down immediately.

Private Beach - why don't you just google Harvey Andrews, for goodness sake!

31 October, 2007 05:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how come you didn't post up my comment from earlier? You're plainly a coward as well as a thief.

You think you're clever - but you're not. You're no better than a hoodied housebreaker, for all your mediocre web skills (speaking as a former professional web designer and TV director I can tell you that your site is a mess. There's no logic to the layout, and your comments system is impossible to follow - hence why you're having to post your own comments).

I've looked at the sales of one album you stole. It's down by one third for the period it was available on your site (compared with usual sales, and with sales of other albums by the same artist in the same time frame) - so there is the proof that what you're doing is only for your own self-promotion, not for the 'benefit' of the artists whose careers you pretend to be helping.

And God help you when Christie finds out what you're up to here!

If you wonder why I don't give you my name. It's because you yourself, like most internet criminals, are hiding behind a silly pseudonym.

(FYI I'm a professional UK folk performer whose work you have not yet stolen - though heaven help you if you ever try)!

31 October, 2007 08:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go! Good to see someone telling it like it is (I thnk I know who you are, by the way!)

01 February, 2008 00:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hadn't heard that wonderful Emmet Spiceland album for many years. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

17 November, 2008 01:57  
Blogger MikeMy said...

Any chance of making the Emmet Spiceland album available again? I too was at the Wexford Folk Competition, first won by the Johnstons and next year by Emmet Spiceland. Saw them many times later at club in Harcourt Street.

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