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The Bothy Band


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The Bothy Band was an Irish traditional band from the 1970s, one of the most prominent from the roots revival of that era. Its members were: Matt Molloy - flute and tin whistle; Paddy Keenan - uillean pipes and tin whistle; Dónal Lunny - bouzouki, guitar, and production; Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill - harpsichord, clavinet and vocals; and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill - guitar and vocals. The initial lineup had Paddy Glackin on fiddle as well as Tony Mac Mahon on accordion. The band turned professional in November of 1975, with Tommy Peoples replacing Glackin on fiddle, to be replaced in turn by Kevin Burke in May of 1976.

Their eponymous first album from 1975 (re-released as 1975: The First Album) established their critical renown. Their second, Old Hag You Have Killed Me, from 1976, only increased their audience. This was followed by Out Of The Wind Into The Sun. That was to be their last studio release, however, and it was followed by a live album recorded in Paris, Afterhours. In 1994 some previously unreleased concerts from 1976 & 1978 were released as Live in Concert. After the band’s dissolution, the various members joined such bands as Nightnoise, Moving Hearts, The Chieftains, Patrick Street and Touchstone.


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  • qpskeifjtygh

    Irish dream team.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • fergalmc

    V Try Donal Lunny's previous efforts with the band Planxty or the Andy Irvine & Paul Brady's eponymous album (Preformed on and produced by Lunny).

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Acamol

    can someone recommend me a similar band/artist? i dig all their albums...

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • xaositects

    amazing, timeless music. i only wish i could find musicians who still want to play traditional Irish music in my area

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Arkannen

    Wonderful band. Energetic, catchy instrumentals and sad, melancholic ballads with Triona's divine voice - I don't know which is better.

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MikeReins

    Can't get enough of these. Got their first 2 records on Vinyl the last day. So good.

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • drownedinsound2

    Ye cannae beat a good bit o traditional irish or scottish music.This is a great band.They certainly know their instruments.

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Keltia_Vikinga

    indeed they are great

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • apareek

    pure magic!! (Every time I listen to the band, I feel like writing something here :))

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • apareek

    the best trad band for me.. ever! :D

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ravschmidt-sas

    so few comments for half year =( only two.. so cool band and so rare fans!(

    30 May 2010 Reply
  • intercelt

    I've never listened a better trad band in my life. Just look at the lineout of musicians: Paddy Keenan on the pipes, Tommy Peoples/ Kevin Burke on the fiddle, Matt Molloy, Micheál Ó Dhomhmaill, Dónal Lunny.... It would love to see them playing again together one day. The best record is my opinion "Bothy Band. Live in concert", BBC Records. Best tune: Martin Wynne's.

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • ravschmidt-sas

    really cool folkers!!!

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • apareek

    Legend[2]!! :)

    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Arkannen

    I started listening to them recently. Loving it.

    18 Jun 2009 Reply
  • pige0nh0le

    Exxxxxxxxcellent traditional celtic tunes! Me like!

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
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  • flipe

    é uma banda que realmente tem um sonoridade muito boa, literalmente música irlandesa, muito bom e recomendado! :D

    2 Oct 2008 Reply
  • starnova

    Took Irish music to a new level... beyond even the mighty Planxty.

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • DanielSinivirta

    why too few people listen to this band? it's amazing! best celtic band

    28 Mar 2008 Reply
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