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Traditional Music >> Performers >> Scottish Folk Groups >> Finn mac Cuil

Finn mac Cuil

Finn mac Cuil were Madelaine Taylor, Tony Ireland, John Wilson and Nick Keir. Tony Ireland went on to a solo career which produced some great music but with unspectacular success (see below). He lives in Germany and is married to a German woman. Nick Keir later joined The McCalmans, with whom he still performs. Up until the early 1990s Tony Ireland was arranging the German gigs for The McCalmans.

Any further information would be gratefully received (email me).



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Finn mac Cuil: Sink ye Swim Ye (REL REcords REL 460, 1978)

Side One: Birnie Bouzle; Newry Town; Mary Hamilton (trad/Keir); The Friar Well Fitted (trad/Wilson); The Shearing; New Jigs
Side Two: The Minstrel (Keir); The Little Drummer; The Gaberlunzie Man; The Poachers; The Dancers of Ruhendorf (Wilson/Keir)

All songs traditional except where indicated

Madelaine Taylor (vocals, guitar, spoons); Tony Ireland (guitar, dulcimer, vocals); John Wilson (bass, guitar, vocals); Nick Keir (mandolin, vocals, recorders, whistle)

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Tony Ireland: Johnny O'Cockley's Well (Peak 3581, 1983)

Side One: The Recruited Collier; Lanigan's Ball; Over the Borders/St Kilda Wedding/Connaught Man's Rambles; Jocj Stewart; Lord Yester (Goerge Weir); Cam Ye O'er Frae France?
Side Two: Johnny O'Cockley's Well; Corn Rigs; The Bonny Gateshead Lassie; Down By the Salley Gardens (Yeats/trad); Come Under My Plaidie/The Duke of Perth/The Deil Among the Tailors

All songs traditional except where indicated

Tony Ireland (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, dulcimer, tenor banjo, keyboards, bass pedals, snare drum)

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Tony Ireland: The Champion (Ireland Records IR2001, 1987)

Side One: Tae the Beggin'; The Turkish Girl (McNeill)/Hannah On the Mountain (McNeill)/Miss Catherine Jane Spree's (McNeill); My Bonny Mary (Burns/Ireland); Greenland Haul Away (John Wilson)/The Faries' Hornpipe/The Cameronian Reel; My Love's In Germany
Side Two: What You Do With What You've Got (Si Kahn); Alan Reid's Fancy (Alan Reid)/O'Carolan's Draught (O'Carolan); Traveller's Moon (Brian McNeill) The Champion (Nick Keir)

All songs traditional except where indicated

Tony Ireland (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, dulcimer, tenor banjo, keyboards)
with Nick Keir (mandolin, vocals, whistle); Brian McNeill (fiddle, bouzouki, cittern); Derek Moffat (harmony vocals, bodhran); Ian McCalman (harmony vocals)