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1975: The First Album

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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mulligan Records
  • ASIN: B0014GFHPW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kesh Jig/Give Us a Drink of Water/The Flower of the Flock/Famous Ballymote
  2. Green Groves of Erin/The Flowers of Red Hill
  3. Do You Love an Apple?
  4. Julia Delaney
  5. Patsey Geary's/Coleman's Cross
  6. Is Trua Nach Bhfuil Me in Eirinn
  7. Navvy On the Line/The Rainy Day
  8. Tar Road to Sligo/Paddy Clancy's
  9. Martin Wynn's/The Longford Tinker
  10. Pretty Peg/Craig's Pipes
  11. Hector the Hero/The Laird of Drumblaire (Strathspey and Reel)
  12. Traveller/The Humours of Lissadel
  13. Butterfly
  14. Salamanca/The Banshee/The Sailor's Bonnet

Product Description

Electrifying fiddler Tommy Peoples made his first and only recorded appearance with The Bothy Band on 1975, the band’s debut album. Peoples propels the group through a brilliant selection of jigs, songs, and especially reels. As the late Frankie Kennedy of Altan remarked, “They played the tunes straightforwardly, but they had the fire in their bellies.” That fire is nowhere more evident than on this album. Tracks: The Kesh Jig; Give Us A Drink Of Water; The Flower Of The Flock; Famous Ballymote / The Green Groves Of Erin; The Flowers Of Red Hill / Do You Love An Apple / Julia Delaney / Patsy Geary’s; Coleman’s Cross / Is Trua Nach Bhfuil Mé in Éirinn / The Navvy On The Line/The Rainy Day / The Tar Road To Sligo; Paddy Clancy’s / Martin Wynn’s; The Longford Tinker / Pretty Peg; Craig’s Pipes / Hector The Hero; The Laird Of Drumblaire / The Traveller; The Humours Of Lissadel / The Butterfly / The Salamanca; The Banshee; The Sailor’s Bonnet.

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Format: Audio CD
If you are reading this, you most probably are aware of what to expect. I got this on vinyl (on the Mulligan label I believe) around 1976/7, and it just knocked me sideways.
From the outset (the intro to "The Kesh jig"), the Bothy Band just come out like bare knuckle fighters, hardly stopping to take breath, the changes of tunes and tempo; swaying and ducking and diving, and delivering knock out music all the way through. Each member, and you most probably know who they are, deliver a raw energetic, turbo charged, enthusiastic, and often copied but never bettered style of traditional Irish music. All of the Bothy Band recordings are superb, but I think that this, their first, for me at least, has the most dynamics.

(Also worth a very good mention is a new group called "The Bonny Men". I would stick my neck out and say that I think they come a very close second to taking up where the Bothy Band left off. Check them out.)
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Taking their name from the ramshackle homes of migrant workers (they were called 'bothies') and the traditional music groups that sprang up from them – as a Dubliner who lived through it - I've loved THE BOTHY BAND with a passion all of my life. But a bit of history is needed to fully review the impact of their arrival and especially their magical first platter "The Bothy Band" (aka "The Bothy Band 1975" because of the photos on the front cover although it's actually credited as "The Bothy Band” on the label and spine).

When their properly Traditional debut album hit the streets of the UK in March 1976 on Polydor Super 2383 379 - Irish Folk music was often mired in horrible pro-Nationalist rhetoric and the bloodshed that followed it. Sure we had PLANXTY with Christy Moore – who were wonderful too (also on Polydor Records) – but we had that other crap too and little else we Young Irish with half a brain wanted to hear. THE BOTHY BAND changed all of that. And they were utterly magical live too...

First up there were six in THE BOTHY BAND...
MICHAEL O'DOMHNAILL (Michael O'Donnell) - Guitar and Lead Vocals
TRIONA NI DHOMHNAILL (Triona O'Donnell) - Harpsichord, Bodhran and Lead Vocals
DONAL LUNNY - Bouzouki and Vocals
MATT MALLOY - Flute and Whistle
TOMMY PEOPLES - Fiddle
PADDY KEENAN - Uilleann Pipes and Whistle

1. The Kesh Jig/Give Us A Drink Of Water/The Flower Of The Flock/Famous Ballymote - Instrumental
2. The Green Groves Of Erin/The Flowers Of The Red Hill - Instrumental
3. Do You Love An Apple? - Lead Vocals, Triona
4. Julia Delaney - Instrumental
5. Patsy Geary's/Coleman's Cross - Instrumental
6. Is Trua Nach Bhfuil Me In Eirinn - Lead Vocals, Michael
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EXcellent I thought I would never see this again
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Excellent. No other words to describe it.
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this was a big hit in its day but is a bit dated now. Just shows how musicians have improved and recording sound has changed my expectations. This music sounds a bit flat but it is 1975.
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