The Gallowglass Ceili Band

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The Gallowglass Ceili Band

This is an LP, made in 1972, that I came across in a secondhand shop the other day. Badly scratched and worn, but nothing that can’t be improved with a bit of modern technology.
The titles given for each track on the record sleeve aren’t necessarily played in that order in the track. For instance, track 9 is listed as Father Kelly’s/Jackie Coleman’s, but it is played as Father Kelly’s/Jackie Coleman’s/Father Kelly’s. This, as does the starting and finishing chord for each track, reflects the band’s strong ceili base. A feature to listen for is the saxophone which comes in and out of the tune to given variation to the tone colour. Listen also for the strong contrapuntal plucked bass line in some tunes.
The name of the LP is the name of the band in this instance, and it was published in 1972 under the Hallmark Records label, # SHM737.


The Gallowglass Ceili Band

Thanks for posting this one, Trevor.
We always had Irish music on at home and I always associated this band, and their famous saxophone, with the fifties, but my memory may be playing tricks with me and perhaps I only heard it as late as 1972.
In the pre-Chieftains, pre-Planxty days, there wasn´t a lot of recorded Irish music to choose from and it´s bands like this one, and the McCusker Brothers, that kept the flag flying.
Nowadays I would prefer to listen to the Kilfenora, The Tulla, Michael Sexton´s, The Lahawns, and many more like them, but the Gallowglass certainly have their place in the history of this music.

“The Gallowglass Ceili Band - Volume 1”

Ditto, Pickwick International, Germany, 1972 - DTO 10009