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Mick Hanly

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From: Limerick

Active: 70s onwards

Style: Folk / Folkrock

Mick Hanly & Rusty Old Halo Lineup (ca 1987):


Hanly played protest folk in the 60s, performing the songs of Woody Guthrie, before becoming interested in traditional music again and formed the duo Munroe (or Monroe) with Michael O'Domhnaill (Skara Brae, Bothy Band). Munroe toured with Planxty in 1973 and released 'Celtic Folkweave' the following year. Recorded in 1973, 'Celtic Folkweave' is often called an acid-folk classic, but this label is a little misleading. It's a mix of traditional (and one contemporary) Irish, English and Breton material delivered in varied arrangements, from solo unaccompanied singing to rich multi-instrument textures. The album features guest appearances by members of Planxty, The Chieftains and the future Bothy Band. The contemporary track is a Pentangle cover. While the 'acid' content is questionable, it is an exquisite folk LP.

Munroe split in 1975 when O'Domhnaill left for the Bothy Band. Hanly signed to Mulligan Records and released two acclaimed solo albums featuring Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Declan Sinnott. The first of these 'A Kiss In The Morning Early' is especially recommended. In his later biography Hanly admits he never rated himself as an exponent of ITM and omits both these albums!

In 1981, Hanly joined Moving Hearts as vocalist, replacing Christy Moore. When Moving Hearts split in 1985, he went solo again, moving in a more country music direction.

His songs have been covered by Christy Moore, Mary Black and many others.


Monroe - Hills of Granemore / An Bothan abhaig Fionnghuala
7" - Polydor Records - 2078 034 - IRL - 1973

Munroe - My Johnny Was A Shoemaker / He Mandu
7" - Polydor Records - 2078 039 - IRL - 1973
Both tracks non-LP.

• Mick Hanly & Mícháel Ó Domhnaill - Celtic Folkweave
LP - Polydor Records - 2908 013 - IRL - 1974 - matt or laminated cover
LP - Polydor Records - 2480 253 - France - 1974 - laminated cover
K7 - Polydor Records - 3188 107 - IRL - 1974
CD - Kissing Spell - KSCD956 - UK - 2007

Michael Hanly - Guitar, Dulcimer, Vocals
Micheal O'Donnell - Guitar, Vocals
Liam Og O'Floinn - Uileann Pipes, Whistle
Donal Lunny - Bodhran
Matt Molley - Flute
Tommy Peoples - Fiddle
Declan McNeils - Bass
Triona Ni Dhomhnaill - Harpsichord

• A Kiss In The Morning Early
LP - Mulligan - LUN 005 - IRL - 1976

• As I Went Over Blackwater
LP - Mulligan - LUN 040 - IRL - 1980

• 1981-85 with Moving Hearts

Mick Hanly & Rusty Old Halo - Still Not Cured
LP - WEA Records - RH LP 1 - IRL - 1987

• All I Remember / The Worst of Both Worlds
7" - Ringsend Road - MHS 1 - IRL - 1989 - PS

• All I Remember
LP - Ringsend Road - MHLP 1 - IRL - 1989

• Dolores Keane & Mick Hanly - My Love Is In America / Happy As A Baby
7" - Ringsend Road - ??? - IRL - 1990 - PS

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