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Since forming in January 2011, The Bonny Men quickly and deservedly became one of the most talked about and exciting acts to emerge in the Irish trad/folk music scene. Upon releasing their highly acclaimed debut eponymous album in October of that year, the band quickly established themselves as the hottest ticket in Irish music. The Bonny Men have played at some of the most prestigious festivals across the globe, with their reputation for electric performances securing them gigs in Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, Denmark and India. Their first album reached no 1 in the Irish Music Magazine charts, with the magazine’s editor Sean Laffey stating, “this is a stunning debut album, filled with energy and references to the best Irish ensemble work from the heydays of the 1970’s…they will be the big bookable band.”
Television appearances have been in abundance of late. Documentaries about the band, as seen on TG4’s ‘Ar Thóir an Cheoil’ and music shows such as BBC’s ‘Cuisle’ and most recently ‘Bosca Ceoil’, have showcased the band’s talents to the nation and continue to exponentially increase their fan base.
Comprised of seven individuals, each masters of their own instruments, with titles among them including multiple All-Ireland Champions, World Bodhrán Champion and a recipient of the prestigious ‘TG4 Young Musician of the Year’, The Bonny Men generate a powerful sound that encapsulates the very soul of traditional music. Singing a mixture of original and contemporary folk songs, laden with creative harmonies, and playing sets of tunes bursting with explosive energy, their music always delivers. With clever and intriguing arrangements, never shy of character or personality, every Bonny Men gig is a musical experience from start to finish.
“The Bonny Men create a dynamic sound that captures the essence of traditional music at it’s best”
Bosca Ceoil, TG4
“‘The Bonny Men’, captures the raw energy and life with which these young musicians play music.”
“A reputation for electric live performances with an energy reminiscent of the legendary Bothy Band”
“New territory for a traditional band”
Moyne Road (2015)
‘Moyne Road‘, is the second album by The Bonny Men. Named after the street in the suburb of Ranelagh, Dublin 6, this is the home of the Ó’Casaide family, and also where all the bands rehearsals take place.
This new album exposes The Bonny Men‘s trademark high-octane musical sets, full of life, creativity and character. Their latest album also sees the band take a creative step in original song composition.
Expect to hear harmony rich folk songs in both languages of English and Irish. Recorded live in Beech Park & Marguerite Studios, ‘Moyne Road’ delivers the essential Bonny Men sound from start to finish that has made this band one of the best of their generation.
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- Kottayam (Barry Lyons)
- D/C – Sporting Nell, Mick O’Connor’s, The Jug of Punch, The Bunch of Green Rushes
- Roads (Barry Lyons, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Natalie Ni Chasaide)
- The New Jigs – The Sweet Briar, Fraher’s, An Buachaillín Buí
- Sometimes (Barry Lyons)
- Cashmere – The Cashmere Shawl, The Hairy Chested Frog, Gan Ainm
- Slides II – Gan Ainm, Gan Ainm, Follow Me Up to Carlow
- An Pótaire (Maitiú Ó Casaide)
- Hardyman – Hardyman the Fiddler, The Horse Shoe, Mairseáil Alasdraim
- The Day is Mine (Barry Lyons)
- The Famous Ballymote – The Piper’s Despair, Coleman’s Cross , Corney is Coming, Matt People’s, Gan Ainm, The Pinch of Snuff, The Famous Ballymote
The Bonnymen (2011)
The Bonny Men‘s debut album, self entitled ‘The Bonny Men’, was recorded live over four days in the internationally renowned Windmill Lane Recording Studios.
The album captures the raw energy and life with which these young musicians play music. Described as “a complete breath of fresh air“, and “an album that would remind you of the explosive power of The Bothy Band“, this album has all the hallmarks of an instant classic.
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- The Jigs – The Boys Of Tanragee, The First Slip, Maire Rua, The Yellow Wattle
- The A Minor set – Larry’s Favourite, Within A Mile Of Dublin, The Ballaghadereen Fair, The Jolly Tinker
- Dig A Well (Joey Doyle)
- The Slow Jigs – Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight, Elizabeth Kelly’s
- The Slides – The Worn Torn Petticoat, The Whole Chicken In The Soup, The Cat Jumped Into The Mouse’s Hole And Didn’t Come Out Till Morning, The Outlaw
- Morecambe Bay (Aido Lawlor)
- Mullinavat – Caher Rua, The Kilcloon, The Reel Of Mullinavat
- Planxty – Planxty Charles O’Connor, The King Of The Pipers, Cnoc Na Teampaill
- Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire (Róisín Chambers)
- Harvest Moon – The Happy Days Of Easter, Rising Sun, Pretty Girls Of Mayo, Harvest Moon
- The Hop Jigs – Comb Your Hair And Curl It, Shaving Baby With A Spoon, Cucanandy
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Íde Nic Mhathúna)
Faire Dé Luain, rás capaill Dé Máirt,
Stag ar an Chéadaoin a mhaireann trí lá
Tá muid i mbaoill ag leadrán an tsaoil,
Ach tá’s ag an Pótaire cá bhfuil a thriail
Is Más féidir liom, beidh mé ann
Ní thostófar mé ná scair mé ón leann
Beidh Mé ag ragairníl mall is go trom
Tar liom, a stór, an dtiocfaidh tú liom?
Cloisim go neirtear nach bhfuil agam gnó,
Gan tuairim ná tuiscint ar chúrsaí gan cheo
Nach mise an duine tá ag seinm an cheoil?
‘S le hamhráin faoi scéalta a tharla fadó
Dia ár sábháil an bhfaca tú’n dream
Faoi dhraíocht ag An Pótaire le scéalta is greann
Iontas is alltacht san oíche go mall
Ag luascadh go meidhreach anonn is anall
Doirtear an portar is lúbann an ceol
Níl oíche An Phótaire chíochnai go fóil
Luí go heirí na gréine anocht
Tá leigheas sa leann seo, ólfaimid deoch
Bíonn an tAire Sláinte de ló is d’oích’
Ag gearán go bhfuil muid ag ól barraiocht dí
Ach deirimse leatsa gan léar a chur ann
Bheadh an tír ar a tóin gan an cháin ar an leann
Song Meaning: This is a song told by An Pótaire – Irish for ‘the drinker’, a happy go lucky, larger than life character, who likes nothing more than a good night spent drinking with his pals. Telling stories and playing music late through the night and enjoying the company of fellow revellers. He claims to have saved the nation from going bankrupt because of the high taxes he pays through his alcohol consumption.