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The Flying Column

The Flying Column (Kathleen Largey)


Folk Music Time In Ireland
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  • Folk Music Time In Ireland
    • 1970 - Emerald Gem GES 1035 LP
    • 1970 - Emerald Gem KGEC 1035 Cassette

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  • Side One
    1. Henry Joy
    2. Come To The Bower
    3. The Banks Of The Ohio
    4. The Dying Rebel
    5. Belfast City
    6. Whiskey In The Jar
  • Side Two
    1. Tom Williams (Gilligan)
    2. The Banner Strand
    3. The Boston Burglar
    4. When I Was Single
    5. James Connolly

  • Musicians
    • Eamonn Largey: Vocals
    • Kathleen Largey: Vocals
    • Tony Lynch: Guitar & Vocals
    • Benny McKeating: Banjo
    • Paul Anderson[?]: Fiddle
  • Credits
    • Produced by M. Allan
    • Photograph by T. McIlroy

Sleeve Notes

Occasionally a group of artists out of many hundreds are able to project their own individual personality to the public. Such a group is the "Flying Column". "The Flying Column" is a group of Irish Folk musicians. They bring a new feel and individual approach to Irish Folk Music with their pleasing personality and style of singing, that has already pleased many thousands of local Irishmen and overseas visitors. The group who all live in the North of Ireland have been playing and rehearsing for a couple of years and leader Eamonn Largey is the driving force behind the keenness and high musical ability which they have. The songs on this recording include well known ones such as "Whiskey in the Jar", "Come to the Bower", "Henry Joy", etc. and also some very rarely recorded songs such as "Tom Williams" and the very poignant "Banner Strand". Undoubtedly your favourite will be "Belfast City" a song as well known in Ireland as in America and this is treated in a completely individualistic and happy manner by the group. We feel sure you will enjoy the Flying Column's first recording.

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Four Green Fields
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  • Four Green Fields
    • 1971 - Emerald Gem GES 1059 LP
    • 1971 - Boot International ITB 4010 LP — Canada
    • 1979 - Fiesta FLPS 1870 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Four Green Fields (Makem)
    2. Roisin Dubh
    3. Sam Hall
    4. Dirty Old Town (MacColl)
    5. Medley: Sean South, Boys Of Wexford & Bold Fenian Men
    6. Madame Bonaparte
  • Side Two
    1. Johnston's Motor Car
    2. Boolavogue
    3. Golden Jubilee (Allen) & An Old Maid In A Garrett
    4. The Castle Of Dromore
    5. Legion Of The Rearguard
    6. The Song Of The Dawn

  • Musicians
    • Eamonn Largey: Vocals
    • Kathleen Largey: Vocals
    • Tony Lynch: Guitar & Vocals
    • Benny McKeating: Banjo
    • Paul Anderson[?]: Fiddle
  • Credits
    • All songs are Traditional, arranged by Largey, unless otherwise noted.
    • Sleeve Design: Tony Whitehead

Sleeve Notes

THE FLYING COLUMN are on the march again-not to war or battle, but on a brief journey through the warring ages of Irish history. This irrepressible group, from Belfast, under leader Eamonn Largey, really enjoy their singing. Their enthusiasm is infectious; their musical talents beyond question. They are in constant demand for concerts-as good an indication as any of their increasing popularity, and they already have one successful LP on the market, Folk Music Time in Ireland.

This, their second LP, is an attempt to combine the old with the new, to achieve a blend of music, song, and poetry from the richness of the Irish cultural and folk tradition. The title song, Four Green Fields, sung by Cathleen, depicts Ireland as an old woman, with the four provinces under her care. This representation of Ireland as a woman, whether old and grey or young and fair, is not uncommon among Irish poets and artists through the ages, and explains the inclusion of Padraic Pearse's short but emotive Miss Eire, spoken in Irish and English. This theme of womanhood and motherhood is carried on in another tender, melancholy poem by Pearse, The Mother, spoken by Cathleen to the background music of that haunting old melody, Roisin Dubh (My Dark Rosaleen), played by Benny and Paul on banjo and fiddle.

The combination of Boolavogue, sung by Eamonn, with Seamus Heaney's Requiem for the Croppies, spoken by myself, may be rather unusual, but the affinity of theme between this fine old traditional ballad and Heaney's modern work is immediate. While the ballad tells the tragic story of the 1798 Rising in Wexford in a simple, evocative, ballad style, Seamus Heaney's fine poem captures the tragedy and pathos of that brave but unequal struggle against the well-armed yeomen, culminating in the cataclysmic slaughter of the Croppies at Vinegar Hill, where, in the words of the poet:

"Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon".

Two rousing songs, affording the group an opportunity to display their spirited style of singing, are The Song of the Dawn and Legion of the Rearguard, dedicated by them to the memory of a respected friend, the late Jimmy Steele, go ndeana Dia trócaire ar a anam.

The Castle of Dromore requires no introduction. The lulling sweetness of this timeless cradle-song never fails to enchant. It is sung here by Tony to his own guitar accompaniment, with Paul on the violin in the background.

In a more light-hearted vein are The Golden Jubilee Medley and Johnston's Motor Car. The latter tells the story of one of the more amusing incidents of the War of Independence while both tracks afford this inimitable group ample scope for their spontaneity, with a touch, here and there (you never know where) of unscripted hilarity, for which Eamonn must take the blame.

Other tracks include a reel, Madame Bonaparte; Sam Hall, the story of an unfortunate chimney-sweep who died on the scaffold for his crimes, unrepentant to the last; Dirty Old Town, written by Ewan MacColl (you can find one anywhere nowadays) and a Sean South Medley.

Phil Stuart

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Price of Justice, Kathleen Largey
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  • Price Of Justice
    • 1975 - Green Cross GC 002 LP
    • 1977(?) - INAC IN 1001 LP (USA)

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  • Side One
    1. Ireland Live On
    2. Patriot Game (Behan)
    3. Freedom Walk (McGuigan)
    4. Price Of Justice
    5. Where Is The Man
    6. Boys Of The Old Brigade (McGuigan)
  • Side Two
    1. Our Lads In Crumlin Jail
    2. Michael Gaugan (Robinson)
    3. Snipers Promise
    4. The Town I Loved So Well (Coulter)
    5. Kerry
    6. Only Our Rivers Run Free (McConnell)

  • Credits
    • Producer: Dermot O'Brien, Paddy McGuigan
    • Recorded at Trend International Studios, July 1975
    • Engineers: Fred Meijer & Paul Waldron
    • Sleeve Design & Artwork: Jim Palmer

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Legion Of The Rear Guard, Kathleen Largey Thompson
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  • Legion Of The Rear Guard
    • 1978 - INAC IN 1101 LP (USA)

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  • Side One
    1. Legion of the Rearguard
    2. The Dying Rebel
    3. Four Green Fields (Makem)
    4. Where Is the Man
    5. James Connolly
  • Side Two
    1. Song of the Dawn
    2. Only Our Rivers Run Free (McConnell)
    3. Boys of the Old Brigade (McGuigan)
    4. Ireland Live On
    5. Roisin Dubh (Trad)/A Tribute to Kathleen (D. Sullivan)

  • Notes:
    • A special thanks to all those who helped in the production of this album. The nameless also serve.

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