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  • Freedom Sons
    • 1973 - Derry SDBL 501 LP
  • Side One
    1. Boys of The Old Brigade ( McGuigan)
    2. Whiskey in The Jar ( Arr. Patterson)
    3. Down by The Glenside ( Kearney)
    4. Follow Me Up to Carlow ( Arr. Agnew)
    5. Sligo Maid, High Reel ( Arr. Agnew)
    6. Seán Tracey ( Arr. Agnew)
    7. Free the People ( Coulter, Martin)
  • Side Two
    1. London's Derry ( McHenry)
    2. John Barleycorn ( Smith)
    3. Slieve Gallon Braes ( Arr. Agnew)
    4. Spalpeen Lament, Morrison Jig ( Arr. Agnew)
    5. Lonely Woods of Upton ( Arr. Agnew)
    6. Dying Rebel ( Arr. Agnew)
    7. Freedom Sons ( T. Makem)

Sleeve Notes

In War Torn Belfast in the North part of Ireland (in which this album was produced) these songs are part of every day life. Some of the songs are about the past deeds of the heroes from Cork, Lonely Woods of Upton, My Only Son was Shot in Dublin, Dying Rebel, Tipperary, Seán Tracey and the men and women held without trial in Long Kesh, Armagh and Crumlin Road Jail.

The people express their intimate feelings in the songs, Free the People and London's Derry, and the internees have adopted the "BOYS OF THE OLD BRIGADE" as their Anthem.

The Wolfhound are one of the most popular folk groups in Belfast. Their 1st single hit "OVER THE WALL" on R & O Records No: RO 1002 which relates the escape by a number of internees from Crumlin Road Jail. The B side is about the seven who escaped and swam ashore from the Prison Ship "Maidstone" which lies in Belfast Lough. These two songs are not on this album but can be bought in single form with their 1st Release "BOYS OF THE OLD BRIGADE" - B side "ASHTOWN ROAD" (R.O. 1001).

This is an Album of the People by the People for the People.
They were born into Slavery they were Freedom Sons.

image  …an alternate take of the "Freedom Sons" album photo.

It is now a trivia question in the pubs of West Belfast. How many members of the band are in the photo? On the released version you can only see four, but if you look closely you can see Malcolm Rodgers hiding behind Ray McAreavey. According to Danny Burns, "Malcolm's a Protestant and was afraid he'd be shot by his own people."