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The Ludlows   •   The Sea Around Us

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  • The Sea Around Us
    • 1966 - Pye NEP.24252 EP (IRL)
  • Side One
    1. The Sea Around Us (Trad., Words: Dominic Behan)
    2. The Last Thing On My Mind (Tom Paxton)
  • Side Two
    1. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Paul Campbell)
    2. The Butcher Boy (Trad. Arr. Looughran)

  • Credits
    • Tracks: 2 & 3 were previously released as a single in 1965 (Pye 7N.15946)
    • Tracks: 1 & 4 were previously released as a single in 1966 (Pye 7N.17050)

Sleeve Notes

This gifted Ballad group has become known to music lovers all over Ireland. The song reached the number one position on every Irish chart and for weeks it was hummed or whistled by everybody from messenger — boys to bank managers. With this catchy modern ballad by Dominic Behan, The Ludlows are the first Irish folk and ballad group to hit the number one spot on the Irish charts.

SEÁN LOUGHRAN, born Carrick-on-Suir, launched the Ludlows in 1964 and the group now consists of Seán, Margaret O'Brien and Jim McCann. Seán spent the first years of his life in Scotland where at the family fireside he heard and absorbed countless Scottish songs and ballads. Later, after a spell in Dublin he studied at Glasgow University.

JIM McCANN is a Dubliner but spent 5 years in Britain studying folk singing and working in various ballad and folk groups. He came back to Ireland at Seán Loughran's invitation to join the Ludlows in 1965.

MARGARET O'BRIEN who is also from Dublin was with the group since its foundation and had her voice trained by the great Dennis Noble. She spent some time in America where she discovered ballad singing. The songs many of them of Irish origin, made her so homesick that she decided to return to Ireland.