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From: IRL

Active: '70s

Style: Folk / Ballad

Lineup :


From the liner notes of the debut LP: "One of the finest of the new ballad groups to emerge in Ireland in the last year or two. They have been acclaimed not only on a national basis, but also by the visitors who have seen them in Doyles Irish Cabaret. They are most competent musicians, fine vocalists with a very entertaining repertoire but what endears them even more to their audiences is that they the winning warmth and charm of the Irish Bards of old".

One of many ballad groups that emerged in the '70s in Ireland offering the same repertoire performed in the same format. Doyle's Irish Cabaret is a long running cabaret show hosted at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin (comparable to Jury's Irish Cabaret). The group sold the LP after the cabaret which is why so many copies are autographed.

Three more albums appeared on the Olympic and Lunar labels, followed by a fourth released under the name Cruishkeen. Colm Mooney was replaced by John Madden (fiddle) and later by Liam Cavanagh (fiddle/viola) and later Austin McPartlin (guitar/vocals) joined as Paddy Whelan moved to bass and Roddy Monks to keyboards. The current line up is John Madden, Paddy Whelan and John Ralph.

Colm Mooney re-emerged in Moonshine, a Dublin ballad group active in the mid-80s (Jury's Irish Cabaret, etc). They released at least one album on Heritage circa 1985.


• The Music And Songs Of Ireland
LP - Olympic Records - OBL 116 - IRL - ca 1977
Titled 'Shamrog' on the label.

Notes: Recorded live on location by Klan Communications Mobile Unit (nothing to do with the KKK!). Produced by Tony Greham, O'Dea Irish Productions. The lovely textured cover was printed by West Brothers Printers of London.

• Shamrog 2
K7 - Olympic Records - OBL 120 - IRL - 1986

• Shamrog 3
K7 - Olympic Records - OBL 121 - IRL - 1992

• 20 Irish Freedom & Rebel Songs
K7 - Lunar Records - ?? - IRL - 1992

• s/t
CD - own label - no cat nbr - IRL - mid-90s
Sponsored by Austin Prior in The Castle Inn Castle Street Dublin;

Cruiskeen - Alive and Drinkin' in Ireland
CD - Owl Records - 906CD - IRL - 1996
Issued by Going For A Song Records in the UK

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