Ryan’s Fancy Documentary: Curraghs, Minstrels, Rocks & Whiskey


Documentary on Newstalk presents a new documentary Produced by Ciaran Ryan, telling the story of Folk Band Ryan’s Fancy.
In‘Curraghs, Rocks, Minstrels and Whiskey’, producer Ciarán Ryan travels to the East Coast of Canada to find out the history of the folk band Ryan’s Fancy who became households names in the 1970’s and early eighties.
Comprising of three Irish immigrants – two from Dublin and one from Tipperary (and also the uncle of the producer) – Ryan’s Fancy played every village and town in Atlantic Canada in a twelve year career that saw the release of twelve albums and numerous television programmes from CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corportaion) and other networks. They were equally at home playing in town halls, the infamous Strand Lounge in St John’s, Newfoundland, or larger audtioriums, and their audiences included everyone from students to farmers to prison inmates to even Ronald Reagan!