Ryan's Fancy   •   Brand New Songs

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  • Brand New Songs
    • 1977 - RCA KXLI-0202 LP (CAN)
  • Side One
    1. Reels (Sheehan's and The Sligo Maid)
    2. Now I'm Sixty Four
    3. Brand New Song (Dermot O'Reilly)
    4. Cape Breton Dream (Denis Ryan, Bill Gough)
    5. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
    6. I Followed Her Into The West (Tom Paxton)
  • Side Two
    1. Molly Bawn
    2. The Boston Burglar
    3. The Drunken Sailor
    4. Sea People (Allister MacGillivary)
    5. Glimpse Of Heaven (D. Cousins)

  • Ryan's Fancy
    • Denis Ryan: Vocals, Whistle, Fiddle
    • Dermot O'Reilly: Vocals, Guitars 6 & 12 String, Mandolin
    • Fergus O'Byrne: Vocals, 5 String Banjo, Guitars 6 & 12 String, Concertina, Bodhrán
  • Musicians
    • Allister MacGillivary: Lead Guitar & Potato Chips
    • Ken Ogilvie: Bass Guitar and Harmonica
    • Mike MacDougall: Fiddle (Track: 8)
    • Al Feeney: Organ
    • Wolfgang, Eileen, Jan and Josef: Strings
  • Credits
    • Produced by Ryan's Fancy for RCA
    • Engineered by Al Feeny, Grant Kennedy, Pat Martin
    • Musical Arrangment: Ryan's Fancy and Allister MacGillivary
    • String Arrangment: Al Feeny and Allister MacGillivary
    • Photography: Front Cover, Ben Hansen
    • Back Cover, the lads in Ireland
    • Album Design: Ryan's Fancy
    • Recorded at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia — November 1976
    • All tracks: Trad. Arr. Ryan's Fancy, unless otherwise noted.
  • Notes
    • The songs on this album re-recorded & rereleased in 1980 as Sea People, with 2 additional tracks.

Sleeve Notes

REELS (SHEEHAN'S AND THE SLIGO MAID) — Over the years we have had many a fine session with Mike MacDougall at his home in Ingonish, Cape Breton. We're glad he could join us for this one.

NOW I'M SIXTY FOUR — A Newfoundland favourite. It can often be heard sung at house gatherings by both young and old. We first heard it sung around Torbay.

BRAND NEW SONG — Dermot finished writing this song on Easter Sunday 1976. The song might be new but the idea is as old as music itself.

CAPE BRETON DREAM — When we think of Cape Breton it conjures up a multitude of images. Bill Gough and Denis bring these images together in this song written on Good Friday, 1976.

JOHNNY I HARDLY KNEW YE — An Irish anti-war song.

I FOLLOWED HER INTO THE WEST — Tom Paxton has always been one of our favourite song writers.

MOLLY BAWN — Denis's father sang this version of the song on our way home to Newport from a dance in Rear Cross, Tipperary.

THE BOSTON BURGLAR — This is an old broadside ballad well known in Eastern Canada. However, Dermot learned this version in Ireland.

DRUNKEN SAILOR — With sobering methods such as these you might think twice about wetting your whistle. This is one of the better known "Short-Haul" sea shanties. The tune is an old Irish dance and march tune.

SEA PEOPLE — During the summer of 1976, Cape Breton was struck by a huge storm. It caused irreparable damage to many a fisherman's gear. This disaster inspired Allister to write this song.

GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN — We leave you with a portrait of pastoral serenity in this unusual love song by Dave Cousins.