1975: The First Album
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Electrifying fiddler Tommy Peoples made his first and only recorded appearance with The Bothy Band on 1975, the bands 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 Gearys; Colemans Cross / Is Trua Nach Bhfuil Mé in Éirinn / The Navvy On The Line/The Rainy Day / The Tar Road To Sligo; Paddy Clancys / Martin Wynns; The Longford Tinker / Pretty Peg; Craigs Pipes / Hector The Hero; The Laird Of Drumblaire / The Traveller; The Humours Of Lissadel / The Butterfly / The Salamanca; The Banshee; The Sailors Bonnet.
Top Customer Reviews
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.)
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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