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Katy Bar the Door

by Randal Bays

Old-style Irish dance party music with fiddle, piano and drums
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jenny's Welcome to Charlie
3:26 album only
2. Allisdrum's March/The Hungry Rocks
3:33 album only
3. The Heathery Breeze/The Wind That Shakes the Barley/Katy Bar The
3:08 album only
4. The Tailor's Thimble/The Pile of Bricks/The Boys At the Lough
3:35 album only
5. Molly Bawn
2:22 album only
6. I Will If I Can/Child of My Heart
3:22 album only
7. The Speed Limit/Like I Care
3:18 album only
8. Dick Cosgrove's Reel/The Colonel's Delight
3:51 album only
9. Lucy Campbell/The Boys of Ballisodare
2:34 album only
10. Fine Summer's Morning
4:01 album only
11. Corney Is Coming/The Coachman's Whip/paddy Canny's Toast
3:20 album only
12. The Bank of Turf/Patrick Kelly's
3:11 album only
13. Drowsy Maggie/Paddy Fahey's
3:38 album only
14. Patsy Tuohey's/The Four Courts/The Reel of Bogie
3:40 album only
15. An Seansliperein Donn/Port An Deorai
4:03 album only
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Album Notes
Randal Bays - Irish Fiddle & Fingerstyle Guitar

"Bays is the genuine article." - The Rough Guide to Irish Music

Among the many Americans who play Irish fiddle, Randal Bays is one of the few to find serious acceptance and respect for his music in Ireland. His 2005 release, “House to House” (with Roger Landes) was selected by the Irish Times as one of the top five traditional recordings of the year, and the Cork Examiner called him "a rare beast, a master of both the fiddle and the guitar.”

Randal describes his music this way: “The real heart and soul of Irish music is the small session in a house or pub, just a few players gathered together for some tunes and fun. You start to play, and the next thing you know, the sun is coming up. That’s the feeling I try to recreate in my concerts.”

Bays has performed all over the U.S., Europe and Canada, including appearances at major festivals such as the Gaelic Roots Festival in Boston, the San Francisco Celtic Music and Arts Festival, the Festival Des Musiques-Vivantes in France, the Willie Clancy Summer School and Festival in Ireland, the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina, Augusta Heritage Week in Elkins, West Virginia, the Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp, the Alaska Irish Music Festival, California's Sebastopol Festival and many more. Randal has recorded or performed with many great musicians, including James Kelly, John Williams, Daithi Sproule, James Keane, Martin Hayes, and Tony McManus.

Randal is a co-founder of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp in Friday Harbor, Washington, and is also an album producer and composer who’s created original scores for several award-winning films and documentaries. Randal now lives in Washington state.

Selected Discography:

“Masters of the Irish Guitar” – 2006 Shanachie Records (compilation)
“Katy Bar the Door” – 2006 (Foxglove Records)
“House to House” – 2005 (with Roger Landes) (Foxglove Records)
"Overland" - 2004 (with Dáithí Sproule) (Foxglove Records)
"The Salmon's Leap" - 2000 (Foxglove Records)
"Out of the Woods" - 1997 Solo album (Foxglove Records)
"Pigtown Fling" - 1996 with Joel Bernstein (Foxglove Records)
"Wind on the Water" - 1995 (Foxglove Records)
"Under the Moon" - 1995 with Martin Hayes (Green Linnet Records)
“Steam” – 2002 with John Williams (Green Linnet Records)
"John Williams" - 1995 with John Williams (Green Linnet Records)
"Martin Hayes" - 1993 with Martin Hayes (Green Linnet Records)



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