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The Foundry Bar Band

Scottish ceilidh band

"The Foundry Bar in Arbroath, or 'The Foondry' as the locals call it, has for years been a popular gathering place for musicians and many of the regular session players have taken a turn in the band." Members of the band went on to form An Teallach Ceilidh Band.

Any more information about the group would be gratefully received: email me. Some of the band's recorded output is detailed below.


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The Foundry Bar Band (Springthyme SPR1007, 1981)

Side One: Willie John McAulay/Benawe Highlanders; Auchmithie (Buick/Reid); Hot Punch/Farewell to the Tay/Bearsden Fiddler (Mason)/ Donald's Awa Tae the War; O Nach Aghmor/Karen Ann (B Dewar); Guise o' Tough; Out On the Ocean; Roxburgh Castle/Mrs Macleod/Fairy Dance/The Brolum/High Road to Linton
Side Two: Mrs H L MacDonald of Dunach/Lochaber Gathering/Sweet Maid of Mull; Grant Farquharson of Inveravon (C Geddes)/Bella and Roy (C Geddes); Catherine Street (J Reid); Rhodesian Regiment/Willie Gray/Lewis and Harris Gathering; Tramps and Hawkers; Wee Tod/Kenmure's Up an Awa/Atholl Highlanders/Bonnie Dundee

All tracks traditional unless otherwise indicated

Bobby Dewars (p acc); Chae Geddes (fiddle); Terry Beattie (btn acc); Jimmy Reid (moothie, guitar, concertina, vocals); Bobby Reid (moothie, guitar); Jim Gray (fiddle); Geordie Anderson (fiddle); Sandy Beattie (double bass); Peter Forbes (flute); Helen Forbes (tin whistle)


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On the Road with The Foundry Bar Band (Springthyme SPR1012, 1983)

Side One: Jim MacBay's Welcome (Robertson)/Fine Ten Pointer/Fear a'Phige; Festival o' Keith (Ian Middleton); Roaring Mary/Woman of the House/Calum Beg; Rattlin/White Cockade/Soldier's Joy/Rakes of Mallow/Waves of Torry; Banks o' the Roses; Banks of the Allan/Blackthorn Stick/Haste to the Wedding/Stool of Repentance
Side Two: Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban (A MacNeill)/Sprig of Ivy; I'll Follow the Ploo (Jim Reid); Banks of Locheil/Pibroch o Donald Dhu; Gentle Mother/Bonny Boy Is Young But A-Growin/Treat My Daughter Kindly (Curran); La Russe/Tullochgorum/Betty Paton/Aikendrum; Festival At Muchty (Bob Reid)

All selections traditional unless otherwise stated.

Geordie Anderson (fiddle), Bill Tosh (accordion), Helen Forbes (whistle), Sandy Beattie (bass), Jim Dewars (guitar), Jim Gray, Bob Reid (guitar), Jim Reid (guitar, vocals), Bobby Dewars (accordion), Peter Forbes (pipes)


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Course and Fine; Songs & Ballads of Dundee (Springthyme Records SPR 1017, 1985)
with Maureen Jelks, Charlie Lamb, Jim Reid, Annie Watkins, Christine Stewart, Stuartie Foy, Lowland Folk

Side One: The Magdalen Green (with Jim Reid); I'm a Bonnie Wee Lochee Lass (with Annie Watkins)
Side Two: The Beefcan Close (with Annie Watkins); Jim Reid and Christine Stewart: Tired o' Workin; Road and the Miles to Dundee (with Jim Reid)



Rolling Home (Springthyme , 19??)

No details known at this time.


Up To Date

Up To Date (FB9902, n.d.)

The Piper's Cave/Lady Mackenzie of Coull/The Hopeful Lover (MacLeod)/This Is No My Ain Lassie; Mrs Scott Skinner (Skinner)/The Bonnie Wells o' Wearie/The Auld Scots Sangs; The Highland Wedding; In the Year of Jubilo/When You and I Were Young, Maggie/Let Him Go Let Him Tarry/O Dem Golden Slippers; Lord Lovat's lament/The Woods o' Stirkoe (Nicolson)/The Crusaders; The Duke of Atholl's Reel/Hot Punch/There Cam' a Young Man/Kenmure's On and Awa'; The Saffron Kilt/The Maori Girl's Dream/The Piper's Waltz; Lady Dorothea Stewart/Redford Cottage; I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers (Keenan)/The Boys of Armagh/The Rose of Arranmore; Millbank Cottage/The Man from Skye; The Blackthorn Stick/Roaring Jelly/Pet o' the Pipers/Midlothian Pipe Band; Tom McHale's March/Cape Breton's Welcome to Shetland; Leaving Lismore/Leaving Barra/Ho-ri-Ho-ro/Leaving Stornoway; Going to the Barn Dance Tonight/The Irish Rover/The Reel o' Tullochgorum/O Susanna; Captain carswell (Lawrie)/The Atholl Highlander's March to Loch Katrine; The Rattling Bog/A Highland Lad My Love Was Born/Lisdoonvarna Polka/The Rakes o' Mallow

All selections traditional unless otherwise stated.

Geordie Anderson (fiddle), Jim Brown, Harry Scott, Dave Burnett, Mike Petrie, Willie McHardy