PAUL BRADY: Singer, instrumentalist, composer. Born Strabane, County Tyrone. Ended career as student of Gaelic in University College Dublin to make music full time. Began playing electric guitar and organ. Joined a succession of bands, became interested in Irish traditional music, mastered the tin whistle, mandolin, bouzouki and twelve string guitar. Founded The Johnstons — left them to join Planxty in 1974. In 1975 commenced a period of playing on his own and with Andy Irvine. He is now writing music a great part of the time, and has formed The Paul Brady Band.
PETER BROWNE: Uillian piper, following in the Willie Clancy tradition. Born and brought up in Dublin. Started playing the tin whistle at six. Was encouraged by his immediate family and Uncle who is a piper. Studied under Leo Rosome and later learned from both Willie Clancy and Seamus Ennis. Seamus Ennis gave him the set of pipes he now plays. Plays concert flute and tin whistle. Has played extensively both solo and with others in Ireland and abroad, and is one of the leading authorities on traditional Irish music and song.
ANDY IRVINE: Dublin. Singer, instrumentalist, composer. Started his career acting with B.B.C. Rep. Early musical interest Woody Guthrie. Connected with and influenced by Rambling Jack Elliot. Joined Joe Dolan and Johnny Moynahan to found Sweeney's Men. Founding member of Planxty. Has enriched his already wide knowledge of British and Irish folk music with extended trips to Eastern Europe. Presently a member of the re-formed Planxty.
DÓNAL LUNNY: Instrumentalist, composer, producer. Born Tullamore, County Offaly. Brought up in Newbridge Co. Kildare. Mother from Donegal Gaeltacht. Father from Enniskillen — collector of traditional songs. Started interest in music in early teens. Joined many bands including Emmett Spice Land. Founding member of Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts. Has developed and continued composing, arranging and playing music from a wide variety of idioms — classical, traditional and rock.
MATT MOLLOY: Flute player renowned in the famous Sligo tradition. Born Ballaghdereen, County Roscommon. Learned to play the flute from his father, Jim Molloy. Played solo and with many other fine musicians, among whom were Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady with whom he made an album. Founding member of the Bothy Band. Joined Planxty when they re-formed in 1979. Currently playing with the Chieftains since autumn of 1979.
TOMMY POTTS: Fiddler and composer known for his unique fiddle style and for his widely performed tunes. Born and reared in the Coombs of Dublin. Father from Bannow, Co. Wexford — accomplished piper, flute player and story teller. Surrounded as he grew up by fine musicians he took naturally to the fiddle. Plays traditional tunes and writes his own. Revered by all who hear him for his original style and treatment of music.
The following is from Andy Irvine's webiste:
"This was recorded in 1977 as a favour for Diane Meek (née Hamilton) who was something of a patron of traditional music in Dublin at the time. She formed a small record company called ''Srutháin'' that she intended to release this album on but for some reason didn't get round to it till she was back in the States some years later. The credits as to who played what are erroneous in the sleeve notes. Andy sings 'There's sure to be a row' with Paul Brady and 'The Mall of Lismore' with Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill. He also plays Mandolin and Harmonica on Paul Brady's 'Heather on the Moor'"