Friday, May 4, 2012

Ryan's Fancy

My wife and I spent last weekend in Mystic, Connecticut soaking up the coastal life, including touring the Mystic Seaport Museum complex (well done - like a Plimouth Plantation with lots of period activities - worth the trip).  But I think we got our fill of New England sea shanties and AVI just recently did a posting on a similar topic.

So I'll pull in another folkish venue - more lively Newfoundland songs with a classic by Ryan's FancyDenis Ryan, Fergus O'Byrne, and Dermot O'Reilly were all Irish immigrants to Canada who were originally members of the Sons of Erin. When that group broke apart the trio relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1971 to attend Memorial University of Newfoundland (where I did some graduate work in oceanography for two years). Making a splash in the local music scene, the group landed several television series before breaking up in the early 1980s.


Assistant Village Idiot said...

I see they sang with Tommy Makem.

Of course, so did everyone.

Sponge-headed ScienceMan said...

I think Buffalo Bob sang with Tommy Makem!