Irish Music Scene in London
I’m trying to get my hands on good examples of the London style of Irish music. Lots of players (eg Roger Sherlock, John Bowe, Raymond Roland etc) played in London in the 1950’s and 60’s. There seemed to be a particular style of music in London at the time. There was a program on the London Scene on Come West Along the Road a few months ago and there was a quartet of Roger Sherlock, John Bowe, Kevin Preston (I think) and some fiddle player I can’t remember the name. If you can remember that show, that is the type of style I’m talking about. I have an album by Liam Farell and Joe Whelan entitled “They Sailed Away from Dublin Bay” and this is another great example. There is lots of drive here.
If anyone can suggest groups of ceili bands that are good examples of this style, I would appreciate it. Solo recordings are not really what I’m talking about because I find that this certain style is more of a group style than solo. I was thinking of Le Cheile who I have not yet heard.