Two brothers and two sisters from Kilkenny make up the "Ormonde Folk". Peter, Eamonn, Margaret and Mary Brady have been singing together for four years, and have made many broadcasts for R.T.E., including television appearances in "Ballad Street" and the popular "Riordans". Last year they came second in the Eamonn Andrews Competition, and won the "Festival of Ireland" ballad competition in Wexford. They have recently made a very successful tour of the major cities of the United States, and will be there on a return visit at the time of this record's release.
A note from Irish television Personality Shay Healy: "This record was recorded 'live' on a Sunday afternoon in "The Old Sheiling" hotel in Dublin. Someone found me a vodka, and I willingly introduced The Ormonde Folk to a more than lively audience.
They didn't let me down, and if I told you that this record is more than pleasant listening, then I would be telling you a profound truth.
The Ormonde Folk don't hit you with a bang; they wrap themselves around you like a warm, musical overcoat that I would be happy to wea'r anywhere …
And now, if you would pass me my overcoat, I think I'll spend a few musical moments."
What this is going to be is a 12 inch thank you note … and just a little bit about Brogue … 1st, brogue is a group already known to many of you because for several years they went by the name the Ormonde Folk. If you want to know why they changed the name, you'll have to ask them, there just isn't enough room on here to explain it all. For those of you who don't know them, they are real Irish people.. .all from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny except for Jimmy Moore who is from Tullaroan (but we try to keep that a secret). The rest are named Brady. Maggie is the pretty one in the picture on the front. Eamonn is the tall one and Peter is the one with the whiskers. Jimmy is the other one. You're going to enjoy the music brogue has on this album, I'm sure! As for the thank you note- thanks to all the pickers who, not being Irish, tried very hard to understand and compliment the music; Stewart Keekly and Jake Mayer who helped mix the trilogy, and to Jake again for the tasty graphic art; J. Clark Thomas is the photographic genius who got us the "desired effect"; Anita who put up with all us hillbillys; & of course, the Boss & Mona.
Also, thanks to: Tom who bought the beer; John for slaving over a hot lathe; Tony for getting it all together and keeping it together even if it did take 2 years...and, most of all, to Steve Pitts without whose help the whole thing would never have been finished. If we forgot anyone thanks to you too. Oh yes! Thanks to Brogue … after all, it's their talent you're listening to.
Once again Ireland and Nashville come together to make some music. As usual Brogue gave it their all, with a spotless performance. "Live" albums sometimes don't "happen" … this one not only happened it was magic. That's really all that needs to be said about the show and the magic captured here on record. There is one note of interest for anyone interested in how it was done the idea behind this album was to not only put the live performance on tape … but to make it "feel" live. To do this the entire album was cut without the use of any noise reduction systems, limiters, compressors. expanders or any other processing devices so often used in the recording studio that could alter or colour the sound. So, what you are hearing is as close to actually being in the audience as is technically possible. the tracks were recorded in the Killkenny Castle Inn "live" on multi track machines and then re mixed in Nashville, Tenn. so here it is for your enjoyment and as Eamon said at the end they'll be right back.