Sweeney's Men (album)

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Sweeney's Men
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RecordedEarly 1968,
at Livingston Studios, Barnet
GenreFolk music of Ireland, Scotland, England and American Old-timey
ProducerBill Leader
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Sweeney's Men
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Sweeney's Men is an album by Sweeney's Men,[1] recorded in early 1968 after 'Galway Joe' Dolan had left the band and been replaced by Terry Woods.[2]:75–77

Johnny Moynihan contributed "Rattlin' Roarin' Willy"—a song written by Robbie Burns and set to the slip jig rhythm (9/8)—and also Pecker Dunne's "Sullivan John", which had previously been sung by Dolan before he left the band.[2]:75 Moynihan also sang "Dicey Riley" and "The Handsome Cabin Boy", which he learnt from the singing of A.L. Lloyd.[3] "Johnston" is Moynihan's version of the tale of sinister murder also known as "Three Huntsmen", listed as entry H185 in Sam Henry's collection, Song the People[4]:128[5]

Andy Irvine contributed the sea shanty "Sally Brown", which he learnt from a Library of Congress recording of an old sailor in a Seamen's Home in Virginia. He also recorded the ballad "Willy O' Winsbury", the lyrics of which he learned from Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads, and which he set to a different air.[2]:75 Irvine also covered the English folk song "Dance to Your Daddy", along with the Irish traditional song "Reynard The Fox", which celebrates a fox chase that took place in 1793.[3]

Terry Woods brought the well-known American ballad "Tom Dooley" and also the southern ballad "The House Carpenter", based on a recording by Clarence Ashley.[2]:76 Woods also composed new music for "My Dearest Dear", a song by Peggy Seeger.[3]

Moynihan and Irvine learnt the slip jig "The Exile's Jig" from a group of traditional musicians based in Dublin called Ceoltóirí Chualann, led by Seán Ó Riada.[3]

The album was re-released on CD in 1996, packaged together with Sweeney's Men second album, The Tracks of Sweeney.[6]

Track listing[]

  1. "Rattlin' Roarin' Willy" (Trad., Arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) – 2:25
  2. "Sullivan's John" (Pecker Dunne) – 3:15
  3. "Sally Brown" (Trad., Arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) – 2:20
  4. "My Dearest Dear" (P. Seeger/T. Woods) – 3:53
  5. "The Exile's Jig" (instr) (Trad., Arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) – 1:39
  6. "The Handsome Cabin Boy" (Trad., Arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) – 4:45
  7. "Dicey Riley" (Dominic Behan) – 1:41
  8. "Tom Dooley" (F. Warner) – 2:32
  9. "Willy O'Winsbury"" (Trad., Arr. Irvine) – 4:57
  10. "Dance To Your Daddy" (Trad., Arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) – 2:14
  11. "The House Carpenter" (Trad., Arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) – 3:57
  12. "Johnston" (Trad., Arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) – 3:40
  13. "Reynard The Fox" (Trad., Arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) – 3:26
  14. "Old Woman In Cotton" (Carrol, Irvine) – 2:45 (*)

(*) Additional track on the 1996 CD.[6]



  1. ^ Sweeney's Men LP, Transatlantic Records Ltd, TRA SAM 37, 1968.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-340-83796-9.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Sleeve notes from Sweeney's Men LP, Transatlantic Records Ltd, TRA SAM 37, 1968.
  4. ^ Huntington, Gale; Herrmann, Lani; Dr Moulden, John, eds. (2010). Sam Henry's Songs of the People. Athens, GA and London: The University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0-8203-3625-4.
  5. ^ Sleeve notes from Andy Irvine - Abocurragh, Andy Irvine AK-3, 2010.
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b Sweeney's Men CD, Castle Communications Plc, ESM CD 435, 1996.

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