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Seamus Kennedy: Discography


Fox Hunt
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  • Fox Hunt
    • 1975 - Fox Hunt DC-52774 LP
      • Bill Carson & the Beggarmen

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  • Side One: Bill Carson
    1. The Man From Kiandra
    2. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
    3. The Lavender Cowboy
    4. The Patriot Game
    5. The Maid Of Amsterdam
    6. Whiskey You're the Devil
  • Side Two: The Beggarmen
    1. Reynard the Fox/Lament For The Fox
    2. Spanish Fandango
    3. Rocky Road To Dublin
    4. The Leitrim Fancy
    5. The Big Strong Man, Paddy On The Railway

Notes

In 1975, we released an album with Bill Carson called "Fox Hunt". It was sponsored and paid for by the Fox's Pub chain in Chicago. Tom and I played guitar, mandolin, whistle and banjo for Bill and ourselves.

Seamus Kennedy


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The Beggarmen
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  • The Beggarmen
    • 1976 - Currach CUR ES77614 LP
      • The Beggarmen

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  • Side One
    1. Ned Kelly
    2. Mr. Bojangles (J.J. Walker)
    3. Duelin' Banjo
    4. Anna Liffey
    5. Flower Of Scotland (R. Williamson)
  • Side Two
    1. Lord Of the Dance (S. Carter)
    2. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (B. Dylan)
    3. If I Were Free (T. Edmonson)
    4. Rocky Top (J. McReynolds)
    5. Black Velvet Band

  • Credits
    • The Beggarmen would like to take this opportunity to thank the following friends and fellow-performers for their unstinting assistance and invaluable contributions and suggestions.
      • Patsy Whelan and Mixie Clark of Harvest Home, for their Fiddle, Guitar, Accordion & Drums.
      • Carl Miller of The Bill Carson Show, for his Pedal-Steel and Flute work.
      • Paul Stevens, Mike Dongarra, Stuart Paul of The TAFFARD-DILLIGAFF Distillery Pipe-Band.
      • The Dougherty Sisters, Julie and Kathy, for delightful background vocals.
    • And last but definitely not least, Alan Donati, our masterful accompanist for all his effort in arranging and conducting the strings, playing bass, keyboards and tambourine, and for the sound advice which made the production of this album considerably easier than it would otherwise have been.
    • We would also like to extend our gratitude to Russ Moschetto, and to Pat Costa and Wayne Gervais of Eastern Sound, who along with their technical expertise, kept the "Studio Tension" to a minimum.
    • Cover Design by Seamus Kennedy
    • Photography & Layout by Michael Hanson

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Raise Your Weary Hearts
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  • Raise Your Weary Hearts
    • 1980 - Gransha Records 38606 LP

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  • Side One
    1. The Rambles of Spring
    2. The Mountain Dew
    3. The Fields of Anthenry [1]
    4. The New Doffing Mistress
    5. Farewell To Sicily [1]
    6. Belfast Town [1]
    7. Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her [1]
  • Side Two
    1. The Newry Highwayman [1]
    2. The Ferrybank Piper (Robbie O'Connell)
    3. A Father's Song
    4. The Shame of Going Back
    5. Bheir Me [1]
    6. The Connemara Rose
    7. The Last Tune For The Night

  • Musicians
    • Mairead Doherty: harp
    • John McDonagh: Fiddle
    • Tony Morris: Uilleann pipes, whistle
    • Tom O'Carroll: 5-string banjo
    • Tom Phillips: piano, keyboards
    • Rick Rackin: concertina
    • Mike Reynolds: accordion
    • Bob Stoloff: flute, snare-drum
    • Tom Wells: bass
    • Pól Mór Ó Stíofáin: bagpipes, (Geata Naoimh Shéamuis Pipe Band)
    • Seamus Kennedy: mandolin, mandola, tenor-banjo, harmonica, bodhrán, 6-string guitar, and John Synnott's Guild F5 12-string guitar
    • Background Vocals:
      • "Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her" — Roxanne O'Connell, Dennis Michael O'Rourke, Lindsay Henes, Jennie Robert, and Jim Hartley
      • "Belfast Town" — Jackie, Bobby and Paul Thompson with Jamie, Shane and Shannon McBride
  • Credits
    • Produced by Tom Phillips, Larry Minnis, Seamus Kennedy
    • Arranged by Tom Phillips and Seamus Kennedy
    • Engineered by Larry Minnis and Tom Phillips
    • Recorded at Ivy lane Recording Studios, Hopkinton, MA, and mixed on a Lexicon-224 Digital Reverb System
    • Cover design concept, Celtic art: Seamus Kennedy
    • Cover design production: Robert J. Benson
    • Cover Photo: Janet Kim Kaplan
    • Special thanks to: Larry Reynolds, President of the Hanafin-Cooley Branch (Boston) of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirinn
    • Tom Phillips and Jennie Robert of Music Consultants, Westboro, MA.; my wife Dona, and son Damian, for their patience with me
    • Chris Hughes and Danny Coleman of The Dubliner Pub & Restaurant, Washington D.C.
    • This album is dedicated to my parents and family in Northern Ireland.

Sleeve Notes

The Rambles of Spring (T. Makem)
A lively song, by the prolific Tommy Makem, to open with. It celebrates the arrival of Spring from the view-point of a wandering musician. The reel at the end is The Fairmoy Lasses.

The Mountain Dew
I learned this one from The McPeake Family, Belfast's answer to The Von Trapp Family Singers. I believe Poteen could be the solution to the world's gasoline shortage!

The Fields of Anthenry (Pete St. John)
Pete St. John, from Dublin, wrote this gem about the days of the Famine in Ireland, and is based on an actual incident.

The New Doffing Mistress
The Doffing Mistress was in charge of a room of doffers in a spinning mill, where linen-yarn was spun on bobbins. When she left the mill, her doffers escorted her through the streets, shouting and cheering; and outside her house they sang this song, praising her and ridiculing her successor.

Farewell To Sicily (J. Robertson, H. Henderson)
The Air to this song is "Farewell to the Greeks," a pipe march. Scottish folklorist and songwriter Hamish Henderson wrote the Lyrics. The piper here is Pól Mór Ó Stíofáin.

Belfast Town
An atmosphere of desperation and bitterness permeated Belfast a few years ago, but the outlook nowadays is a bit brighter, Thank God.

Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her
This is an old sea-shanty (the purists spell it "chantey" but this is my record, so I can spell it any way I want to!) to mark the end of a sea voyage, or in this case, Side One.

The Newry Highwayman
The hero of this song used to hold up stage coaches, until he got a hernia and couldn't do it any more. The fact that he was caught and hanged didn't help much either!

The Ferrybank Piper (Robbie O'Connell)
Robbie O'Connell wrote this song about a character from his childhood. Nearly every town in Ireland has had a similar figure, who goes round the streets singing or playing an instrument, and is followed by hordes of kids who dream of growing up to become itinerant musicians. Only a few of us were fortunate enough to realise that dream, however. The reel at the end is The Wind That Shakes The Barley.

A Father's Song (Pat MacManus)
At the height of the troubles in Belfast in 1972, Pat MacManus wrote this song for his son Patrick, who (like other 10-year-olds) threw stones at the British soldiers. In a sombre mood, Pat wondered what the future held in store for his son.

The Shame of Going Back (H. Lawson/P. Herdman)
The words of this emotional song are the work of Henry Lawson, the Folk-Poet-Laureate of Australia (1867-1922) and the music is by the very fine singer, Priscilla Herdman.

Bheir Me Ó
Originally a Scots Gaelic song from the Hebrides called "The Eriskay Love Lilt" for those who can't understand Scots Gaelic, I've translated it into Donegal Irish.

The Connemara Rose
A nice old ballad I learned from an album by Tom and Barbara Dayhill.

The Last Tune For The Night (C. Moore)
Most performers have had this feeling after a show, when the pub has emptied and the night is now a memory.

Seamus Kennedy


In October 1977, when The Clancy Brothers were appearing in Lowell, MA, a young Irish folk group opened the show to great acclaim; they were The Beggarmen, Belfast's Seamus Kennedy, and Dublin's Tom O'Carroll. Over the next few years, The Beggarmen and The Clancy Brothers were thrown together again, on television and in concert. Talent, and a love of Irish music and tradition was evident in Seamus' and Tom's performances. Now, as a solo artist, Seamus has diversified his approach. Though irrepressibly Irish, his music encompasses many styles, from the traditional music of Ireland, to American Bluegrass; and from Scottish tunes to Australian ballads. He plays over half-a-dozen instruments, and on this record he plays them all. Not simultaneously, however.

Seamus gets a lot of pleasure from performing his music, as does his listening audience; so put this record on, sit back, relax, and let his songs "raise your weary hearts."

Tom Clancy


An interesting note—to me: Writing these (above) album notes is the closet Tom Clancy came (to my knowledge) to making a musical guest appearance without his brothers.


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  • Alternate release
    • Favorite Selections: 1994 - SK-0005 CD
      1. These tracks appear on this compilation (from "Raise Your Weary Hearts", "Irish & Scottish", and "One Dozen Roses").

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Live!
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  • Seamus Kennedy: Live!
    • 1982 - Gransha 16294 LP
    • 1993 - Gransha SK-0002 CD

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  • Side One
    1. Whiskey In the Jar
    2. Dear Boss
    3. Side By Side
    4. Here I Am Amongst You
    5. The Road To Dunmore
    6. The Bonny Lass Of Fife-O
    7. Breathalyzed
    8. Concrete Road
  • Side Two
    1. The Rambling Rover
    2. The Scotsman
    3. Juanita Suarez
    4. Chihuahuas (Comedy)
    5. Little Gomez
    6. I'm My Own Grandpa
    7. I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me
    8. Amazing Grace

  • Musicians
    • Seamus Kennedy: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin Bouzouki, Bodhrán, Harmonica.
    • Grateful thanks to the following friends for their talented assistance.
      • Brad Hayford: Bass, Harmonica
      • Brendan Sheridan: 5-String Banjo
      • A lex McAdam: Bagpipes
      • John Gustaffson: Bagpipes
      • Matt Levine: Dobro
      • Alan Oresky: Fiddles
      • Dan Sheehy: Trumpets
      • Linda Konczanin: Vocals & Loan of Bouzouki
  • Credits
    • Mike Rivers: Engineering, Mixing, Editing, Slicing & Dicing
    • Tom Lighten: Photography and capture of Chihuahua
    • Remote & Studio Facilities: Gypsy Studios
    • 3039 Hazelton St. Falls Church, VA.
    • Recorded live at: Ireland's Own, 132 No. Royal St. Alexandria, VA.
    • Thanks to Pat Troy for the loan of his pub, and to the audience and staff for the authentic background noise!
    • Special thanks to Mike Rivers for his keen ear, sensitive touch at the controls, and his patience.
    • Produced by: Mike Rivers & Seamus Kennedy


Sleeve Notes

Whiskey in the Jar
This is a good starting song to check the Clapalong Potential of an audience. If they do well, I let them stay; if not, I send them home and get a fresh bunch.

Dear Boss (Pat Cooksey)
Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.

Side by Side
I suspect all wedding nights are like this one, but no one really wants to admit it!

Here I Am Amongst You (Colum Sands)
"Truly profound thoughts are often sung to a sprightly tune and accompanied by a bodhrán." Confucius

The Road to Dunmore (Robbie O'Connell)
Robbie O'Connell has the ability to write songs which sound as though they have been around for generations and long may he continue to do so.

The Bonny Lass of Fife-O
Scottish people are frequently in my audience. This song is for both of them.

Breathalyzed (Fred Wedlock)
A self-explanatory ballad set to a vaguely recognizable air.

Concrete Road (Colin Goff/S. Kennedy)
The highest honour New Jersey can bestow on a person is to name a rest-area on the N. J. Turnpike for him. I guess I've blown my chances!

The Rambling Rover (Andy M. Stewart)
A grand song written by Andy M. Stewart, the talented musician from Silly Wizard.

The Scotsman (Mike Cross. Additional verses S. Kennedy)
"Old jokes last forever when set to music." Confucius.

Juanita Suarez (Ed Dillon)
A blatant example of the Irish stealing another country's songs, and claiming them as their own. I call on all right thinking nations to demand that the Irish cease this wanton musical pillage and make up their own songs!

Chihuahuas
What more can I say?

Little Gomez (Eric Bogle)
A champion Chihuahua's last ride.

I'm My Own Grandpa
Don't try to figure out the relationships in this one. It can turn even Irish singers into babbling idiots. I know.

I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me
My thanks to Linda Konczanin for coming out of the audience to sing with me on this old ballad.

Amazing Grace
A fine way to end, with Pipers Alex McAdam and John Gustaffson leading on bagpipes, as everyone sings along.

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