The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #1772   Message #7607
Posted By: Laoise, Belfast
27-Jun-97 - 11:17 AM
Thread Name: Tune up: Fantasy Folk Circle
Subject: RE: Tune up: Fantasy Folk Circle
I have never met such complete bunch of "folk" nutters in my life. Youse are all brilliant craic (except for the bloke who insists on bringing country music into it - my own personal taste).

Any of youse into traditional irish music, listen to the Bothy Band. They are the Led Zeppelin of Traditional Irish fiddle-dee-dee music. Their singer (although I don't rate her voice that much) does some good versions of "Sailor boy", "Factory Girl" and "Sixteen come Sunday". She also does "Maids of Coolmore" but the lyrics are hard to get. Does anyone know this track?

Some other good bands are Altan, Dervish, Deanta and Tamlin - All from Ireland. Tamlin are from Belfast and they have an album coming out soon. They are friends of mine so buy it if you can.

If I were to sing a song on this fantasy trip youve created, it would have to be "Bold Fenian Men". It's a classic, and OK the lyrics are a bit idyllic with reference to the Nationalist struggle in Ireland (trying not to be political - hard when youre living in Belfast)but it paints some brilliant images - "Tis fifty long years since I saw the moon beaming, on strong manly forms and their eyes with hope gleaming" to give you a sample. Also, the tune is beautiful. I normally sing it in AM.

Carry on singing.

Slan go foill