The Boys of the Lough (album)

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The Boys of the Lough
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Studio album by The Boys of the Lough
Released 1973
Recorded Recorded July 1972 at the Cecil Sharp House, London, England.
Genre Folk
Label Trailer
Producer Bill Leader
The Boys of the Lough chronology
The Boys of the Lough
Second Album
(1973)Second Album1973

The Boys of the Lough is a folk album by The Boys of the Lough, originally released in 1973 by Trailer, catalogue number LER 2086. [1] [2] [3] [4]

The Boys of the Lough is a Scottish-Irish Celtic music band active since the 1970s.


The album was produced by Bill Leader. The painting of the group reproduced on the original LP cover was by Sandy Cheyne.

Bill Leader is an English recording engineer and record producer. He is particularly associated with the British folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s, producing records by Paddy Tunney, Davey Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Frank Harte and many others.

This is the first Boys of the Lough album. The original LP sleeve notes record that initial sessions had already taken place by March 1972 including guitarist Mike Whellans, at that time regularly working in a duo with Aly Bain as well as part of the Boys. Whellans left to be replaced by Dick Gaughan and the album was re-recorded from scratch in a short time; original partial contributor Lindsay Porteous (jaw harp, mouthbow) was not included in the new sessions.

Track listing

All titles Trad. arr. Bain/Gaughan/McConnell/Morton except "Wedding March..." Trad. arr. Anderson

  1. "The Boys of the Lough/Slanty Gart"
  2. "In Praise of John Magee"
  3. "Wedding March From Uist/The Bride's a Bonny Thing/Sleep Soond i' da Moarnin'"
  4. "Farewell to Whisky"
  5. "Old Joe's Jig/Last Night's Joy/The Granny in the Corner"
  6. "The Old Oak Tree"
  7. "Caoineadh Eoghain Rua/The Nine Points of Roguery"
  8. "Docherty's Reel/Flowing Tide"
  9. "Andrew Lammie"
  10. "Sheebeg and Sheemore/The Boy in the Gap/McMahon's Reel"
  11. "Jackson and Jane"
  12. "The Shaalds of Foulla/Garsters Dream/The Brig"


Cathal McConnell is a musician and singer with The Boys of the Lough, a group of which he was a founder member.

Aly Bain fiddler

Aly Bain MBE is a Scottish fiddler who learned his instrument from the old-time master Tom Anderson. The former First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell called Bain a "Scottish icon."

Dick Gaughan British musician

Richard Peter Gaughan is a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter, particularly of folk and social protest songs. He is regarded as one of Scotland's leading singer-songwriters.

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