The Rhiannon Years

By Sin É

  1. The Frieze Britches
    Banish Misfortune
    The Rude Ring
    E To E
    The Morning Star
  2. The Houmous Of Green Lanes
    Come And Watch Me (song)
  3. The Rights Of Man
    Estelle’s Peppers
  4. The Snows They Melt The Soonest (song)
  5. Glenarm
    The Monaghan
    The Barnsley Abacus
    Toss The Feathers
  6. Maid Of Coolmore (song)
  7. John Wier’s
    Old But Happy At 63
    Deirdre Moynihan’s
    Phoenix
  8. Kama-Lust (song)
  9. 32 Minute Run
    Stamford
    Awl Island Champion
  10. The Goban
    Muinera De Casu
    S.o.r.
  11. Wee Weaver (song)
    Pipe Major Euan Husami
  12. Baidin Pheilimi
    McQuillan’s
    The High
    The Clumsy Lover
    Don’t Bug Me
  13. Here I Sit (song)
  14. Father Timon’s
    Father Jack’s
    Father Ted’s
  15. The Poacher
  16. Too Soon
    First House On The Moon
    Cell Niabenaur
  17. Keep On Going On
  18. Gentle Art Of Wee Weaving (song)
  19. Too Clever By Half

Seven comments

Re: The Rhiannon Years

My dad borrowed This from Gateshead library ten years ago, and I just found it again the other day. A blast from the past. This cd is good, clean fun from a bunch of lads who love their music and don’t take themselves too seriously.

This has to be the most schizophrenic album in iris h trad. Far more out-there than anything I can think of, despite the fact a lot of the playing is straight up iris h trad. Split pretty evenly between tunes and songs, the tune sets including the standout Barnsley Abacus set are trad usually with a twist, such as the jazz sax bridge between banish misfortune and the maids of mount cisco. Which shouldn’t work but if course, it does and it is brilliant.

Songs are downright, unapologetic ally wierd, especially Kama-lust. That intro is the daftest thing I ever heard.
The musicians are top-notch, steafan hannigan on pipes, flute and whistle and James o’grady on fiddle are the names i remember. Don’t know who the singer is, if I’m honest, her style doesn’t really fit trad.

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Steafan hannigan is the piper from Shaun davey’s Brendan Voyage. The only classical suite composed for uilleann pipes. He’s also played with depeche mode and bjork, of all people.

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Liam O’Flynn was the piper on ‘The Brendan Voyage’. The piper on Sin É’s albums was usually James O’Grady.

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Ah, you’re right about brenda n voyage, was originally Liam o’flynn, and he recorded it, but steafa n has played it.
Both him and James play pipes, I assumed that as there’s fiddle on most tracks that it was jame s on fiddle and steafa n on pipes, I might well be wrong, I don’t have sleeve notes, and it’s been a while since I last heard them. O’grady plays fiddle, according to the internet lol.

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Looks like this is a compilation of 2 sin’e albums, I’d appreciate of someone can fill in the blanks re tune names. It’s Theresa heanue on fiddle, you’re right gonzo.

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The nine first tracks are identical to those on their debut album ( https://thesession.org/recordings/2881 ). As it happens, I transcribed them all many years ago. Who knows where I have that file…

Re: The Rhiannon Years

Looks like the rest are the second album, with one extra set (too clever by half). Have edited accordingly. Thanks jeff.