Lonesome Boatmen
1978 – SI 1023 LP


Side One
Dan O'Hara
Maid Of Carnlough Bay
Blind Mary
Song of Fanafierst
Hills Of Donegal
Lonesome Boatman

Side Two
Banks Of The Roses
John Barleycorn
To Althea From Prison
Farewell To Carlingford
Lizzie Lindsay
Mexican Whistler

Credits & Sleeve Notes

A little about the Pikemen:
FORMED: Six months ago
MUSIC: Traditional (but will honour requests for Lennon/McCartney and Woody Guthrie type numbers)

RAY (McAreavey) age 33: Singing and playing popular music as a solo singer for ten years until he met Kieran who was playing folk music. Attracted to folk music he brought a new dimension to the interpretation of traditional songs—also plays G banjo and mandolin.

KIERAN (Manning) age 29: Playing folk music for ten years in various groups. Accomplished guitarist and also doubles on vocals. Plays G banjo when required.

DOMINIC (McShane) age 28: The baby of the group; Dominic sings and plays the double bass. As a newcomer to the music scene, he is certainly making an impression (mostly in his fingers).

FEE (McGorman) age 31: Solo singer for fourteen years until he joined the Pikemen. Specialises in Irish traditional music. Plays guitar and speaks fluent Gaelic.

GOGIE (McCullough) age 28: Last but certainly not least; probably one of the finest whistle players to come out of Ireland (or so he keeps telling us). Gogie has been playing traditional music since he was six years old. A musician in the true sense of the word.

This, their first LP, should make sure that both members of their fan club are satisfied.
Cover: Oil painting "The Lonesome Boatmen" by James Arthur O'Connor
Produced by George Doherty