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GUEST,Ballyholme Origins: Factory Girl (27) RE: factory girl 16 Mar 07

"I first heard c. 30 years ago it on an album by a presumably now defunct group whose name I forget but whose members I think came from around Bangor, Co. Down, in Northern Ireland. I think there was someone called Leslie ("Jess") Harper and a husband and wife team called Baillie/Bailey. I think the wife was called Valerie and the husband possibly Brian. There may or may not have been another member."

The group Guest refers to were the Irish Country Four, who recorded an album on the Topic label in the 70s. The fourth, unnamed member, was Trevor Stewart, who played uilleann pipes and sang withe band. Apart from becoming All-Ireland champion piper in the 70s, Trevor has since played in a number of bands in and around Belfast and can be regularly be heard at sessions in the city.

The other three members of the band came from around the Newcastle, Co. Down area.

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