“The Barley Corn” by The Johnstons - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1969Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Recorded at Sound Technique Studios, London in 1968, and engineered by John Wood and Ron Fender. Notably, their 3rd and 4th LPs “Give A Damn” (TRA-184) and “The Barley Corn” (TRA-185) were released on the same day. This deliberate act was intended to showcase the range of the Johnstons folk music, with “Give A Damn” focused on the contemporary and “The Barley Corn” featuring traditionals. Producer Nathan Joseph’s sleeve notes read: “I met The Johnstons less than a year ago. Much has happened since. I have encouraged them to widen their repertoire and they now perform much contemporary material with the same flair and excellence they bring to Irish traditional music. They have had a single in the American Top 100 and simultaneously with the release of this LP an LP of contemporary material is also released. Their records are now out in America, Canada, Japan, France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Germany. They are, in short, an internationally established group. Nonetheless, Irish music remains their first love and they have not neglected it nor turned their backs on their musical heritage. This LP is not just a polite glance back at their musical roots. It shows a development in their handling of traditional Irish music that comes from a serious and continuing devotion to the material. Appear they may in the big TV pop shows but “the mighty musicians of Co. Clare” are never far from their musical consciousness.”

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A1 [02:50] 8.5.png The Johnstons - Ye Jacobites By Name (Traditional) Folk
A2 [04:37] 7.0.png The Johnstons - The Coleraine Regatta (Traditional) Folk
A3 [02:54] 6.6.png The Johnstons - The Newry Highwayman (Traditional) Folk
A4 [02:40] 6.5.png The Johnstons - Joseph’s Fancy / A Trip To Durrow (Traditional) Folk
A5 [03:10] 6.7.png The Johnstons - What Put The Blood? (Traditional) Folk
A6 [02:43] 6.0.png The Johnstons - The Fenians From Cahirciveen (Traditional) Folk
B1 [03:04] 6.2.png The Johnstons - The Barleycorn (Traditional) Folk
B2 [01:34] 5.5.png The Johnstons - Sorry The Day I Was Married (Traditional) Folk
B3 [04:30] 8.3.png The Johnstons - The Flower Of Northumberland (Traditional) Folk
B4 [03:13] 5.7.png The Johnstons - The Nine Points Of Roguery / The Humours Of Tulla (Traditional) Folk
B5 [03:46] 6.0.png The Johnstons - Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore (Traditional) Folk
B6 [03:03] 7.8.png The Johnstons - Fuigfidh Mise ‘n’ Baile Seo (Traditional) Folk

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