Anthologies   •   High Kings of Tara

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  • High Kings of Tara
    • 1980 - TARA 3003 LP (IRL)
  • Side One
    1. The Bonnie Light Horseman
    2. Pride Of The Herd
    3. General Monroe
    4. Hardiman The Fiddler & The Yellow Wattle
    5. The Next Market Day
  • Side Two
    1. The Long Note
    2. John O'Dreams
    3. The Boyne Hunt & Toss The Feathers
    4. The Maid Behind The Bar
    5. The Sun Is Burning
    6. Lord McDonald & The Chattering Magpie

  • Musicians & Credits
    • Planxty: The Bonny Light Horseman
    • Shaun Davey: Pride of the Herd
      • Jolyon Jackson: Whistle, Synthesizer
      • Shaun Davey: Piano, Synthesizer
      • Paul McAteer: Drums
      • Gerry O'Beirne: Guitar
      • Garvan Gallagher: Bass Guitar
      • Rita Connolly: Vocals
      • Janie Cribbs: Vocals
        • Produced by Shaun Davey; Recorded at Keystone Studios.
    • Andy Irvine: General Monroe
      • Andy Irvine: Vocals, Bouzouki
      • Dónal Lunny: Guitar
        • Produced by Dónal Lunny; Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios.
    • Planxty: First Slip: Hardyman The Fiddler A & B/The Yellow Wattle
      • Andy Irvine: Mandolin
      • Christy Moore: Bodhrán
      • Liam O'Flynn: Uilleann Pipes
      • Matt Molloy: Flute
      • Dónal Lunny: Bouzouki
        • Produced by Dónal Lunny; Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios.
    • Oisin: The Next Market Day
      • Geraldine McGowan: Vocals
      • Gerry Phelan: Flute, Whistle
      • Seamus MacGowan: Guitar, Vocals
      • Tom MacDonagh: Bouzouki, Guitar
      • Brein MacDonagh: Mandolin, Bouzouki, Guitar
      • Mick Davis: Fiddle
      • Michael O'Broin: Pipes
        • (From the album: "Over the Moor to Maggie" — Tara 2012)
        • Produced by Paddy Glackin; Recorded at Trend Studios.
    • Paddy Glackin & Jolyon Jackson: The Long Note
      • Jolyon Jackson: Mandolin, Guitars, Mandola, Synthesizers
      • Paddy Glackin: Fiddle
      • Brian Masterson: Bass Guitar
      • Fran Breen: Drums
        • (From the album: "Hidden Ground" — Tara 2009)
        • Produced by Jolyon Jackson; Recorded at Spencer Sound Studios.
    • Christy Moore: John of Dreams
      • Christy Moore: Vocals, Guitar
      • Dónal Lunny: Guitar, Synthesizer
      • Jolyon Jackson: Cello, Synthesizer
        • Produced by Dónal Lunny; Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios.
    • Paddy Glackin & Paddy Keenan: The Boyne Hunt/Toss the Feathers
      • Paddy Glackin: Fiddle
      • Paddy Keenan: Uilleann Pipes
      • Dónal Lunny: Bodhrán
        • (From the album: "Doublin" — Tara 2007)
        • Produced by P; J. Curtis; Recorded at Keystone Studios.
    • Stockton's Wing: Maid Behind The Bar
      • Paul Roche: Flute
      • Tommy Hayes: Bodhrán
      • Kieran Hanrahan: Bouzouki
      • Maurice Lennon: Fiddle
      • Tony Callanan: Guitar
        • (From the album: "Stockton's Wing" — Tara 2004)
        • Produced by Stockton's Wing; Recorded at Dublin Sound Studios.
    • Christy Moore: The Sun Is Burning
      • Christy Moore: Vocals, Guitar
      • Jimmy Faulkner: Electric Guitar
      • Rosemary Flanagan: Cello
      • Andy Irvine: Mandolin
        • (From the album: "The Iron Behind The Velvet" — Tara 2002)
        • Produced by Brian Masterson and Christy Moore; Recorded at Keystone Studios.
    • Planxty: Lord McDonald: The Chattering Magpie
      • Andy Irvine: Mandolin
      • Christy Moore: Guitar
      • Liam O'Flynn: Uilleann Pipes
      • Matt Molloy: Flute
      • Dónal Lunny: Bouzouki
        • Produced by Dónal Lunny; Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios.
    • Cover Design: Willie Matthews
    • Layout: Charles O'Neill
    • © 1980 Tara Record Co.
    • TARA RECORDS, 5 Tara Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Sleeve Notes

Tara, once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, now stands abandoned by those mythical Celtic kings who ruled over ancient Ireland, abandoned by the legendary warriors and bards who guarded its secrets and treasures.

Tara, abandoned even by time itself, now silently resounds to the hum of the bee, the wild call of the bird, telling its dreamy secrets, heard from long dead voices speaking on the winds that blow down its lonely slopes. All that is left to be seen today are the grassy ruins which can be seen on the label of this record in the form of an aerial photograph.

Tara is also the name of the record label, devoted to safeguarding a music which tells of other times, other peoples. It's new "bards" are the traditional musicians gifted with a rich and expressive language, who tell and re-tell tales of a bygone age. Since Tara's first release in the early 70's, it has concentrated on recording some of the finest traditional music being played in Ireland today. The selection of artistes on this record testify to that fact. Tara, has once again, become the seat of kings, their songs and music safe from the ageless silent conqueror, time itself.

P. J. Curtis