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Los Boyos

by Los Boyos

Los Boyos's (Mason Brown, Richard Gee, and Sky Kelsey) debut album features a rich tapestry of traditional Celtic songs and tunes weaving multiple strings and voices to create an aural equivalent of Celtic knotwork reminiscent of Planxty.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. Boys of Malin / Paddy's Trip to Scotland / Finbarr Dwyer's
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2. When First I Went to Caledonia
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3. The Humours of Ballyloughlin
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4. The Banks of the Bann
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5. Paddy Fahey's / Lad O'Beirne's
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6. Kitty O'Shea's
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7. Coinleach Ghlas an Fhómhair
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8. Walls of Liscarroll / Seanamhac Tube Station / Out on the Ocean
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9. The Streets of Kathmandu
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10. Speed the Plow / The Drunken Tinker
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11. Mary and the Gallant Soldier
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12. The Stack of Barley / John Carty's Reel
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13. Loch Eirne's Shore
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14. The Rolling Wave
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
On August 18, 2019, we recorded this album live in a marathon 8 hour recording session at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver, Colorado. Here’s what we laid down:

1. Boys of Malin-Paddy’s Trip to Scotland-Finbarr Dwyer’s. First off, three reels. Richard and Mason have been playing the first two tunes for years—a set Mason learned from the boys of Glen Road. Sky updated the set by bringing the final tune. Boys of Malin is a popular Donegal reel, while Paddy’s Trip to Scotland most likely also hails from the North, where there was a regular tradition of Irish persons traveling to Scotland for seasonal work. Finbarr Dwyer (1946-2014) was born in Cork and was an accordion player. Mason – Lead Guitar; Sky-Banjo; Richard – Backup Guitar

2. When First I went to Caledonia. A song from Nova Scotia. The “Caledonia” referred to in the song is a mine. It’s a love song in which we feel that the singer is pining for the woman he calls the “Queen of May” but does not seem to be able to get much farther than that. Richard learned this originally from the singing of the late Tony Cuffe (1954-2001), the former lead singer of the Scottish band Ossian. Richard – Lead Vocals, Backup Guitar; Mason – Backup Vocals and Lead Guitar; Sky – Bouzouki.

3. The Humours of Ballyloughlin. A 3-part jig that we learned from various sessions. Mason – Lead Guitar; Sky-Fiddle; Richard – Backup Guitar.

4. The Banks of the Bann. A song from the north of Ireland, where the Bann River is located. Mason first learned this song from the singing of Connie Dover. Mason – Lead Vocals and Guitar; Richard Backup Vocals and Guitar; Sky – Bouzouki.

5. Paddy Fahey’s-Lad O’Beirne’s. Two reels. Paddy Fahey (1916-2019) was an East Galway fiddler and a well-known composer of tunes. James “Lad” O’Beirne (1911-1980) was a Sligo born New York fiddler who was a contemporary of Michael Coleman and a tune composer in his own right. No commercial recordings exist of either man unfortunately, although there are some YouTube videos of Paddy Fahey with the Kane Sisters in his later years and probably several field recordings. Mason – Lead Guitar; Sky – Fiddle; Richard – Backup Guitar

6. Kitty O’Shea’s. We feature Sky’s fiddle playing on this lovely barndance. Interestingly enough, the tune was originally known as Kitty O’Neill’s Champion in honor of Kitty O’Neill, a celebrated Irish-American variety theater dancer of the late 19th century on the East Coast. The tune was revived by the playing of fiddler Tommy Peoples (1948-2018), who named it Kitty O’Shea’s. Sky – Fiddle; Richard – Backup Guitar

7. Coinleach Ghlas an Fhómhair. This beautiful song (the title means “The Green-Stubble Fields of Autumn”) hails from Donegal and is a love song in which the protagonist is pining for the sweetheart he fell in love with on the green-stubble fields of Autumn and writes that he would trample pasture and wilderness to be with his brown-haired girl. We do the first, part of the second and the third verse of this four verse song. Richard first learned this from Clannad and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill’s singing and later from the singing of Lillis Ó Laoire. Richard – Lead Vocals, Backup Guitar; Mason – Backup Vocals and Lead Guitar; Sky – Bouzouki

8. Walls of Liscarroll-Seanamhac Tube Station-Out on the Ocean. Another set of jigs. The first was transcribed by Captain Francis O’Neill in his O’Neill’s Music of Ireland as far back as 1850. Seanamhac Tube Station was written by London-born banjo and fiddle player John Carty (Thanks, John!). The third tune, Out on the Ocean, is a session favorite and hails from East Galway and Clare, having been a tune played by Paddy Canny (1919-2008), a founder of the Tulla Céilí Band (which included luminaries such as Joe Cooley, P.J. Hayes and Teresa Tubridy). Mason – Lead Guitar; Sky – Fiddle; Richard – Backup Guitar

9. The Streets of Kathmandu. The music for this song comes from “The Lakes of Ponchartrain,” a great song regarding New Orleans that Mason adapted by adding lyrics relating to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Whether the story in the song is true or not, Mason will never tell. Mason – Lead Vocals and Guitar; Richard Backup Vocals and Guitar; Sky – Bouzouki

10. Speed the Plow-The Drunken Tinker. The first of these reels comes from the Sliabh Luachra region of County Kerry, located on the borders with County Cork and County Limerick. Padraig O’Keefe (1887-1963) and his students Julia Clifford (1914-1997) and Denis Murphy (1910-1974), all fiddlers in the Sliabh Luachra style, played this tune on an album in the early 1950’s. The Drunken Tinker is a session favorite, which we play here in both the keys of D and A. Mason – Lead Guitar; Sky-Banjo; Richard – Backup Guitar.

11. Mary and the Gallant Soldier. A love song which, cynically related, is about a reticent soldier who becomes committed to marrying when his girlfriend informs him that she has money. Richard first learned it from the singing of Paul Brady. Richard – Lead Vocals, Backup Guitar; Mason – Backup Vocals and Lead Guitar; Sky – Bouzouki.

12. The Stack of Barley-John Carty’s Reel. The Stack of Barley is an old hornpipe, appearing in the first edition of O’Neills Music of Ireland as far back as 1850. That is followed by a reel by our friend John Carty, which has the curious alternative name of “Desperate Housewives” because, as John relates it, he wrote it while watching that television show. Mason – Lead Guitar; Sky-Banjo; Richard – Backup Guitar.

13. Loch Eirne’s Shore. Loch Eirne is located in Northern Ireland and is the largest lake on the island. Once again, Mason got this version of the song from Connie Dover. Mason – Lead Vocals and Guitar; Richard Backup Vocals and Guitar; Sky – Bouzouki.

14. The Rolling Wave. One of two tunes with the same name. Richard first learned this tune from his wife, the late California born Clare and East Galway style fiddler Cáit Reed (1950-2018). Richard – Lead Guitar; Sky – Bouzouki; Mason – Backup Guitar.

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