Cathal McConnell – Co Fermanagh – Flute, Whistles & Vocal
Breandán O’ Beaglaoigh – Co. Kerry – Accordion, Melodeon & Vocal
Kevin Henderson – Shetland – Fiddle
Garry O’Briain – Co Clare – Guitar, Mandocello & Keyboards
The first of the full-time professional Celtic bands to arise on the international scene, Boys Of The Lough now occupy a unique position of respect in the world of traditional music. They have completed over seventy tours of the USA and their performances and recordings are spread over five decades.
Since the first tour in 1967 the Boys have travelled extensively in their mission to gain traditional music a wider audience and respect. Their warm and vital performances have won them friends from the village halls of their homelands to international concert and festival stages, establishing a precedent that many others have followed.
True originals, direct from the tradition, the Boys have earned respect on both sides of the Atlantic and continue to act as role models for countless younger musicians. Their concerts, recordings and compositions were crucial in bringing about the current explosion of interest in all facets of Celtic music.
The New Line is the twenty-third album released by the Boys and features a great selection of music and song from Ireland, Scotland and Shetland. Of the recording, founding member Cathal McConnell said:
“what I like about this particular Boys of the Lough album is the mix of the old and the newer material, especially the songs. We had a lot of fun putting this album together and are very pleased with how it has turned out.”
Artists’ website: www.boysofthelough.info