The Boys Of The Lough are one of Celtic music's preeminent folk ensembles, with a long history and a shifting lineup that has included many of trad music's finest musicians, Scottish and Irish alike. Fiddler Aly Bain, piper Cathal McConnell, and Robin Morton were founding members, while guitarist Dick Gaughan was with the band for a year or so in the early 1970s. Robin Morton went on to found the Temple Records label, while Aly Bain stayed with the band for several decades, later members included Dave Richardson and Christy O'Leary, and many others... Here's a quick look at the band's work...
Boys Of The Lough "Boys Of The Lough" (Trailer, 1973)
(Produced by Bill Leader)
Scottish troubadour Dick Gaughan was only with this band briefly -- along with fiddler Aly Bain, Robin Morton and Cathal McConnell -- but his contributions were wonderful. Mainly traditional music from Scotland and Ireland, nice to hear the sometimes-downbeat Gaughan working with such a lively, sprightly group... A legendary album, sadly long out of print (as are many of the releases on the Trailer/Leader label...) Definitely worth looking for, though!
The Boys Of The Lough "Second Album" (Trailer/Rounder, 1973) (LP)
The Boys Of The Lough "Live At Passim's" (Transatlantic/Philo, 1975)
The Boys Of The Lough "Lochaber No More" (Transatlantic/Philo, 1976) (LP)
The Boys Of The Lough "The Piper's Broken Finger" (Transatlantic/Philo, 1976) (LP)
The Boys Of The Lough "Good Friends - Good Music" (Philo, 1977)
Quite a lovely little album, with Aly Bain's fiddle front and center, often with a twin fiddle provided by one of the album's many guest performers. These 1977 recordings include a parade of great talent from both sides of the Atlantic, including folks such as Tom Anderson, Tony McMahon, Louis & Willie Beaudoin, Kenny Hall and Jay Ungar joining a core group of Robin Morton, Cathal McConnell, Dave Richardson and Aly Bain, roaming from the highlands to the Louisiana swamps... Crisp, delectable musicianship and a fine attention to detail throughout... Recommended!
The Boys Of The Lough "Wish You Were Here" (Transatlantic/Flying Fish, 1978) (LP)
The Boys Of The Lough "Regrouped" (Topic/Flying Fish, 1980) (LP)
The Boys Of The Lough "In The Tradition" (Topic/Flying Fish, 1981) (LP)
The Boys Of The Lough "Open Road" (Topic/Flying Fish, 1983) (LP)
The Boys Of The Lough "To Welcome Paddy Home" (Lough/Shanachie, 1985)
The Boys Of The Lough "Far From Home" (Shanachie, 1986) (LP)
The Boys Of The Lough "Farewell And Remember Me" (Shanachie, 1987)
Multi-instrumentalist John Coakley rounds out the group on this gorgeous set of doleful songs and instrumental outings... This set is quite soulful and rich, with fine vocals by Cathal O'Connell and Christy O'Leary. This disc's a gem... well worth checking out!
The Boys Of The Lough "Sweet Rural Shade" (Lough/Shanachie, 1988)
The Boys Of The Lough "Live At Carnegie Hall" (Lough/Sage Arts, 1992)
The Boys Of The Lough "The Fair Hills Of Ireland" (Lough/Sage Arts, 1992)
The Boys Of The Lough "Midwinter Night's Dream" (Blix Street, 1996)
Christy O'Leary, Cathal McConnell, Dave Richardson and Aly Bain comprise the band this time 'round, and to tell the truth, this Christmas-themed set seems a bit flat. It's well-played and all, but lacks a certain spark. Or maybe I'm just not into the proper, mellow holiday spirit... If I give it another listen in the Yuletide and change my mind, I'll letcha know.
The Boys Of The Lough "The West Of Ireland" (Lough, 1999)
The Boys Of The Lough "Lonesome Blues And Dancing Shoes" (Lough, 2002)
The Boys Of The Lough "20" (2005)
The Boys Of The Lough "Midwinter Live" (Lough, 2010)
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