Aly Bain helped get me through my Highers.
A cassette recording of the album “Open Road” by Boys of the Lough was the soundtrack to much of my revision.
At that time, the Boys were a four-piece band, featuring Irishman Cathal McConnell and Northumbrian brothers, Dave and Tich Richardson, alongside Aly.
Though Aly’s Shetland music certainly featured, the bulk of the Boys’ repertoire was (and still is, today) Irish music. The album includes sets of driving reels and jigs, including the first recording of Dave Richardson’s ‘Calliope House’ (first and last tune in the set), these days a staple of sessions all over the world – and part of a set of jigs in this year’s SFO programme. [Read more…]