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Waxies Dargle are one of the many traditional Celtic folk bands to come up through London’s Irish pub circuit. The band, founded by Dubliner Gerry Heaney, derived its name from a popular Irish drinking song about a fair called “the Waxies Dargle” which was held by tailors from the coastal town of Bray early in the 20th century. Soon after the band’s emergence on the London scene, they attracted a strong following with their lively blend of familiar Irish standards, original compositions, contemporary folk covers, and traditional North American folk tunes. The troupe, which describes itself as “two parts Dubliner and one part old Dublin City Ramblers,” landed a deal with Brambus Records in 1993 and released their first album, World Tour of Ireland. With the support of the Switzerland based indie label, Waxies Dargle continued to cultivate a broader audience by touring throughout Europe. Their second Brambus record, Paddy Ryan’s Dream, hit the market in 1995. Throughout their history the lineup behind Heaney has been a revolving door. On the 1997 release After the Gael the band was a four player ensemble consisting of Heaney (vocals, guitar and bodhran), Mike Franks (fiddle, banjo, harmonica, and vocals), Susannah Healy (backing vocals, fiddle) and Roland Humphries (bass, backing vocals). By 1999 the door had revolved again, with singer/fiddler Bernie O’Sullivan returning to the band as a replacement for Franks and Healy.


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  • HappyDoom

    So good.

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Ulfherjar

    This is truly one of the best band names ever and ever.

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • mmmbrunommm

    "Donegal Danny" makes me wanna cry sometimes.What a song ;)

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Navislava

    Its Owsome!

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Vagar

    Help me please someone to find a text of this Irish song-The Galway Races, An Dearig Dun the Welcoming! I really need it!

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • Patriarch_K

    This is truly one of the best irish bands ever and ever.

    18 Jul 2007 Reply

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