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Boys of the Lough is a Scottish-Irish folk band.

The band for their first album, called Boys of the Lough (1972) consisted of Aly Bain (born 1946, in Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland) (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (born 1944, in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland) (flute), Dick Gaughan (born Richard Peter Gaughan, 1948, in Rutherglen, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland) vocals and guitar) and Robin Morton (born 1939, in Portadown, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland) (flute).

Dick Gaughan left to pursue a solo career and Dave Richardson (born David Richardson, 1948, in Corbridge, Northumberland) (mandolin) joined.

This line-up (without Dick Gaughan ) was constant for the next six albums. Dave Richardson was also a writer of new material. They played ensemble instrumentals and the occasional song, equally divided between traditional sources from Ireland and Scotland.

Their 1978/79 tour was billed as their final tour. However, they returned a year later with Regrouped (1980). Robin Morton had left and the “Regrouped” line-up had three new members, including John Coakley (fiddle) who remained with the group for the next twelve years. Their 1980s sound also included Christy O’Leary from County Kerry (uilleann pipes), who had previously toured with De Dannan. During a car accident in Northumberland in 1983, Tich Richardson (guitar, bass) died. In 1992 Boys of the Lough played at Carnegie Hall.

In 1993, the band released The Day Dawn. At about this time, John Coakley left the band.

Several years later, the band released Lonesome Blues and Dancing Shoes (2002). The group invited guests to appear for a single album. Chris Newman (guitar) and Kathryn Tickell (northumbrian pipes) sat in with the group on tours and albums.


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  • Grosseteste

    It should be "Boys of the Lough" without the article -- but as I can't transfer my 500 or so scrobbles, I'm sticking with the incorrect version for now. I imagine that could merge on an individual basis if they could be bothered - but they can't. (I know that one can set one's options to merge in such cases, but only on an all-or-nothing basis, and there are some cases - e.g., Joseph Haydn - where that would list my scrobbles under a rather silly version of the name.)

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Ketumak

    Sorry, but I've looked at the pages for B.o.L. with and without the "The" and I'm confused which version of the name should we be using? As burlapwax said, it would be a good idea to get the software to ignore stopwords like definite and indefinite articles. You'd need to be careful though about applying it on an international site like Last.FM as what's a stopword in one language isn't a stopword in another language. In English for example, "lo" means "behold", but in Spanish and Italian it's a definite article.

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • KelleyRyan182

    Love ya guys!

    8 May 2009 Reply
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  • oh_pooh

    Picking up on what burlapwax wrote, particularly in this case as the CDs are credited to "Boys of the Lough" not "The Boys of the Lough". Additionally, and more importantly, they do not use the prepended "The".

    16 Sep 2008 Reply
  • burlapwax

    Um, how about rather than having everyone "correct their tags", could the software just ignore stopwords?

    28 Aug 2008 Reply

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