Rocky Road To Dublin

By Kings Galliard

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An excellent recording!

I found this in an import shop near my house. I didn’t quite know what it was, but it was cheap, so I bought it. It turned out to be quite excellent.

Brian O’Hairey: fiddle, percussion
Bill Kennedy: guitar, virginals, uilleann pipes, flemish pipes
Mac O’Gavern: mandolin, bodhran, charango, guitar, mouth-organ, panflutes
Jack O’Neally: flutes, whistles, panflutes

One of the first ITM albums I ever listened to. GREAT! Unfortunately, it was the library’s property…and then we moved away! I would love to hear it again.

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Re: Rocky Road To Dublin

Here’s the Youtube notes for ‘The Gravel Walk’:

Starting in slow tempo with Frenk van Meeteren on the banjo, Lenneke Willems on fiddle and Jan Erik Noske on the piano this famous irish reel speeds up when Jørn Plas joins in on guitar.

Kings Galliard who’s love for Irish music made them come from Holland to Ireland. Flute-player Jan Erik Noske discovered Ireland and Irish music in 1973 and brought kings galliard to the biggest Irish music festival in the world: the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. In the following years they won the Letterkenny Folk Festival and The Rose of Tralee. Later the welsh harp player Kate Wilson joined kings galliard. The group toured through Europe and recorded a total of 5 LP’s/CD’s. Their first performances were in Paris, St. Tropez, the Hague and Amsterdam.

Lenneke Willems - fiddle
Jørn Plas - guitar and uilleann pipes
Frenk van Meeteren - singing, bouzouki, banjo, mandoline, bodhrán and spoons
Jan Erik Noske - side flute, woodwistle, tinwistle, piccolo and piano