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The Long Kesh Ramblers
Crubeen

Long Kesh Ramblers (Crubeen)


Long Kesh Ramblers: Songs of the Irish People
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  • Songs of the Irish People
    • 1974 - Clanrye Records CLP 001 LP
      • The Long Kesh Ramblers

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  • Side One
    1. Show me the Man
    2. Sklbbereen
    3. O'Neills March
    4. An Buinnean Bui
    5. Death of Staker Wallace
    6. Stranger from the city
  • Side Two
    1. Come out ye Black and Tans
    2. My Home Town
    3. Si beag Si mhor
    4. Valley of Knockanure
    5. The Blackbird
    6. Song of the Dawn

  • Long Kesh Ramblers
    • Eddie Ruddy: Flute, Whistle, and Concertina
    • Barney Gribben: Banjo, Mandoline, Concertina and Harmonica
    • Billy Fegan: Whistle, Harmonica and Vocal
    • Tommy Hollywood: Guitar, Mandoline and Vocal
    • Benny McKay: Bodhrán and Vocal
    • Rory O'Connor: Guitar and Vocal

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Long Kesh Ramblers is perhaps one of the newest folk groups in Ireland. Born out of the present troubles in Northern Ireland, the group was formed with the sole aim of raising money for the upkeep of the people who suffered hardship while their loved ones were interned. It was the culmination of many musicians and singers coming together and giving of their time and talent for this worthy cause. Many people have passed through the ranks until, in May 1973, when they were asked to go to France for a three week tour. This was a wonderful tour with concerts in Lyons, Angers, Grenoble, Annamasse, Geneva, Avignon, Montpellier, Larzac and Paris. The people welcomed us with open arms and our music was received with a wave of enthusiasm which showed the appreciation the French had for our traditions. Our one regret was that we did not visit Brittany but this omission will be rectified this year as we will be concentrating solely in the Celtic area. We have heard many fine Breton groups and it will be wonderful when we are able to share the stage with many of their fine artistes. Due to the tour of Brittany we have decided to take ourselves more seriously and in most of 1973 and 1974 the same members have been playing together regularly, producing a sound which is unique only to themselves. At the end of 1973 the lads toured many cities in England with Dominic Behan, where again they received a tremendous welcome. From Dominic they received many fine songs and an insight on a man who has achieved much with his deep sensitivity and genius.

With such experiences, we have decided to make our first L.P. and we would like to dedicate it to Dominic Behan and the people of France.


Show me the Man: This vigorous rallying song states clearly and unapologetically the cause of Irish patriotism. It does however, go beyond the reach of a lot of patriotic songs, in that it comments on issues like the vast wealth of mineral resources owned by the Irish people, and the lack of employment and prosperity at home, which has led to the emigration of so many Irish people.

Arranged and Published: Long Kesh Ramblers.

Skibbereen: A song probably from Cork, about the terrible famine which ravaged Ireland in the mid nineteenth century. It strikes a vivid picture of the emaciated bodies of the Irish people strewn about the countryside. Beneath the haunting Lyrics is a cry for swift revenge on the English landlords who turned away the grain ships, which would have saved the decimation of our race.

Arranged and Published: Long Kesh Ramblers.

O'Neills March: Sometimes called O'Neill's Cavalry, this tune is one of our most popular marches and dates from the time of the famous O'Neill who led many of our ancestors into battle against the invader.

Arranged and Published: Long Kesh Ramblers.

An Buinnean Bui: A beautiful poem by the Cavan poet Cathal Bui Mac Giolla Gunna. This tells of the remorse of the poet on finding the little bird dead of thirst by a frozen lake and he realises that he, being a drunkard, is unlikely to suffer such a fate.

Arranged and Published: Long Kesh Ramblers.

Death of Staker Wallace: This poignant air relates to the death of a man who was a member of the United Irishmen. Well advanced in years, he was captured by a Capt. Oliver of the English Yeomanry, and after suffering three days of barbaric torture he was hanged in the market of Chill Fhionain.

Arranged and Published: Long Kesh Ramblers.

Stranger from the city: One of the few original numbers written about Joe McCann, it tells of the thoughts of a man, Jim Sherry, who hails from the village of Rostrevor, in the County of Down. Jim met Joe and his family, when they used to come to Rostrevor to get away from the troubles in Belfast. Such an imprint was left in Jim's mind, by the sensitivity and humanitarianism of the big fellow, that he wrote the beautiful music and Lyrics of this wonderful song. Jim is by trade, a painter, but his artistry doesn't stop there as he is well known for his copper murals and poetic verse.

Arranged and Published: Jim Sherry.

Come out ye Black and Tans: Written by Dominic Behan this is a spirited satire on the exploits of the infamous militia who roamed the Irish countryside in the nineteen twenties, spreading murder and terror. Their "gallant deeds" in Ireland are compare to their campaigns throughout the rest of the "Dominion", where, for example, their sixteen pounder guns bravely faced the Arabs and the Zulus. It must be added that the natives did have bows and arrows (bronze tracings were later detected on the clothing of the corpses). The song mentions some of the better known patriots who were murdered by the British and today it is still very popular in the streets of Northern Ireland, being often directed against the modern counterpart.

Composer: Dominic Behan – Published: Chapell Solomon Ltd.

My Home Town: Composed by Benny McKay this poem trys to tell to the people of Ireland the tragedy of Ulster today. In simple language it tries to express all that happened in the town of Newry in the past five years. The bombings, murder, killings, the unemployment and the involvment of the traditions of the area. In the background the sound of the whistle can be heard as it plays a beautiful slow air, complementing the sentiments of the poem.

Arranged and Published: B. McKay.

Si beag Si mhór: An old Irish melody about two mountains which are supposed to be the same size yet one is bigger than the other. Which is a true Irish situation.

Arranged and Published: Long Kesh Ramblers.

Valley of Knockanure: Bryan McMahon wrote this song about an incident in the early nineteen twenties, when the Black and Tans butchered some lads who were out on a hike. This foul deed was discovered when one lad, Con Dee, made good his escape even though he was seriously wounded.

Composer: Leahy – Published: Waltons Ltd.

The Blackbird: At a period in Irish history, when reference to patriotic things was proscribed, the Irish overcame this difficulty by allegorical allusions. One such song is the Blackbird which is supposed to represent the young pretender Charles Edward Stuart.

Arranged and Published: Long Kesh Ramblers.

Song of the Dawn: One of the favourite marching tunes of the West Cork Brigade of the I.R.A. during the war of independence of the 1920's. The song typifies the spirit of in which men like Tom Barry, Dan Breen and the Flying Column fought against the British. The Dawn represents the advent of Irish freedom, the final chapter and the culmination of centuries of sacrifice and struggle.

Arranged and Published: Long Kesh Ramblers.

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Crubeen: Eagle's Whistle
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  • Eagle's Whistle
    • 1976 - EMI LEAF 7011 LP
      • Crubeen

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  • Side One
    1. Gem Of The Roe
    2. Fead An Lolair (Eagle's Whistle)
    3. Building Up And Tearing England Down (Behan)
    4. Flower Of Scotland
    5. William Hollander
    6. Belfast Brigade
  • Side Two
    1. Wilie Archer
    2. Mourne Maggie
    3. Three Jigs (The Morning Mist, Ellis Jig, The Mug Of Brown Ale)
    4. My Own Native Land
    5. An Bensin Lauchra (The Little Bench Of Rushes)
    6. Sam Hall

  • Crubeen
    • Benny McKay: Bodhrán and Vocals
    • Eddie Ruddy: Flute, Whistle, and Concertina
    • Barney Gribben: Banjo, Mandolin, Concertina, Harmonica
    • Tommy Hollywood: Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
    • Paddy Clerkin: Vocals, Guitar, Double Bass, Five String Banjo
    • John Waterson: Fiddle, Viola, Dulcimer
    • Billy Fegan: Tin Whistle, Harmonica and Vocals
  • Credits
    • Produced by Leo O'Kelly
    • Engineering: Bob Harper
    • Cover Design & Photography: Ronnie Norton

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Crubeen: Crubeen
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  • Crubeen
    • 1978 - ID Records IDLP 2012 LP
      • Crubeen

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  • Side One
    1. The Night Parting Song
    2. The Rhonnda Valley Song
    3. Morning Dew
    4. Carrick Mannon Lake
    5. Earl Of Moray
    6. Three Polkas
  • Side Two
    1. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
    2. Maguires Kick
    3. Dogs of War
    4. Airde Chuain
    5. Haughs of Cromdale
    6. Travelling Man

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  • Crubeen
    • Paddy Clerkin: Vocals, Bass, Banjo, Guitar
    • Barney Gribbon: Banjo, Mandolene, Mouth Organ
    • Tommy Hollywood: Vocals, Guitar
    • Benny McKay: Vocals, Bodhrán
    • Eddie Ruddy: Flute, Whistle
    • Johnny Watterson: Fiddle, Viola
  • Credits
    • Produced by Tony McCauley at Trend Studios, Dublin
    • Recorded by Paul Waldron
    • Sleeve Notes by Benny McKay
    • Costumes Supplied by P. Higgin, Warren Point

Sleeve Notes

THE NIGHT PARTING SONG
A love long relating the hurried and furtive meetings of two young lovers.

THE RHONNDA VALLEY SONG
A ballad bemoaning the closure of many of the Rhonnda Pits in the mid 1960's by Lord Robens. The song shows the terrible effects this decision had on traditional Welsh mining life, and the problem of unemployment. Johnny our fiddle player. collected this long while at College in England.

MORNING DEW
A Traditional Irish Reel

CARRICK MANNON LAKE
The classic story of unrequited love. A Song taken from our own native Co. Down and it is based around the locality of Downpatrick. This long has many different versions. Our thanks to Pat Treanor of Downpatrick for this particular version.

EARL OF MORAY
A song taken from 16th. century Scotland, relating the murder, by mistake, of the Earl of Moray.

THREE POLKAS
Three very popular tunes from the County Kerry

AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA
A song evoking the same sentiments as Wilfred Owen's First World War Poem "Dulce et Decorum Est". A bitingly bitter criticism of enthusiasm for war. This song deals specifically with the disastrous Allied landing at Gallipoli in 1915.

MAGUIRES KICK
A Single Jig in O'Neills collection given the slow treatment which makes a nice march.

DOGS OF WAR
A song sung by the author telling the story of the mercenaries who brought such tragedy to the natives of Angola. During this period the mercenaries were know as the Dogs of War.

AIRDE CHUAIN
A Poem written by a noted Irish Poet McCambridge. The story goes that a prospective emigrant to Scotland stood gazing across to that land visualizing his future. He felt so sad and lonely that he didn't bother to go.

HAUGHS OF CROMDALE
A song describing the chaos created by the clans which formed the Jacobite Army against the English invaders.

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