Ryan’s Fancy: What a Time! Volume 2
The members of the renowned Irish-Newfoundland band Ryan’s Fancy—Irishmen Fergus O’Byrne, Denis Ryan, and Dermot O’Reilly—settled in St. John’s in 1971. The group went on to national and international acclaim, releasing 13 albums and starring in several acclaimed CBC television productions before disbanding in 1983 so that its members could pursue individual projects.
Through their television appearances, live performances, and recordings, Ryan’s Fancy laid the foundation for a new generation of traditional musicians and brought Newfoundland traditional music to international audiences. In 2004, they received the East Coast Music Awards’ Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award.
What a Time! Volume 2 is a co-production of MMaP and SingSong Inc. The CD features the re-release of 22 songs from Ryan’s Fancy’s vast repertoire of Irish and Newfoundland songs, digitized and remastered by Spencer Crewe, with a liner note essay by Dr. Holly Everett and song notes by Dr. Meghan Forsyth.
Read more about this CD and the partnership between MMaP and SingSong Inc. in The Gazette.
Listen to some sample tracks here:
|Farewell To Carlingford|
|Where The Mulcair River Flows|
|The Gallant Forty T'wa|