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The Boys Of The Lough

A fun-loving approach to Celtic music has made the Boys of the Lough one of folk music's most influential groups. In the three decades since they were formed, the Ireland-based band has been instrumental in the evolution of traditional Irish music.

The Boys of the Lough initially came together in 1967 as a trio featuring Cathal McConnell (who had won the all-Ireland championship in flute and tin whistle in 1962), Tommy Gunn, and Robin Morton. When Gunn left two years later, McConnell and Morton recorded their first album, An Irish Jubilee, as a duo. After meeting Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and singer/guitarist Mike Whelan at the Folkirk Folk Festival in 1971, the two duos agreed to pool their resources.

The group continued to experience numerous personnel changes. In 1972, Whelan was replaced by guitarist and vocalist Dick Gaughan, who was replaced a year later by Northumbrian cittern, banjo and mandolin player Dave Richardson. Among the six albums recorded by this lineup were two live albums -- Live at Passim's, recorded at the Cambridge, Massachusetts coffeehouse, and Wish You Were Here, recorded while touring the Scottish Highlands.

In 1979, original member Robin Morton left the band and was replaced by Richardson's brother, Tish, on guitar. Tish Richardson remained with the group until 1983, when he died in an auto accident, and was replaced by British guitarist Chris Newman. Uilleann pipes, tin whistle and mouth-organ player Christy O'Leary, who had previosuly played with De Dannan, was added at the same time. In October 1997, Newman and O'Leary were replaced by accordion player Brendan Begley and guitar, mandocello and piano player Garry O'Briain. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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these guys are great
nunnayobiz42 0
:) (dancin')
very good band
Great band, and Dave Richardson is a good friend of my parents. I witnessed some epic folk-music based parties when I was a kid (along with some equally epic hangovers). Unfortunatel y , it appears that the Boys have officially called it a day. Too bad, they really were a good live act.
I might add that, no matter how many pints they put away, they continued to play well - lol!
If this is the same group, they used to play sessions at Fiddler's Arms pub in Edinburgh. I was studying there in 1980 and spent many an evening enjoying their wonderful music. Saw them in Denver a few years later and recently found them on YouTube, much to my surpise!
I LOVE the Boys of the Lough. I saw them numerous times in San Francisco. They are the very best. Suzanne O'Bryan
Lol!
One of the best Celtic bands. Have seen them 5 times, St. Louis and Nashville.
klbwelding
These guys are great! Really get's the feet and the blood moving!
jeffzekas
hey ralph: i was at that same concert! st patricks day... csu usually has an irish band... great lads!
ralph.dacy
Saw the Boys at Laxson Auditorium in Chico, CA several years ago. Brought the house down. Absolutely fabulous musicians (and humorists). Would love to see them again.
loveswimming b e a r
really fun and interesting = great
Saw these guys in a small(400 seat) theatre in Michigan. Great time. Love to see them in a crowded bar somewhere.
suzylovestea 2
What's up? This Bio was paired BY MISTAKE with an Everly Brothers album! OOPS!
These guys are great. Of course Dick Gaughan was in this cool band.
kendenfloyd
I love it!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
hightower910
I like this.
slapshot1894
Good stuff!

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