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The Johnstons Audio CD
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1. THEY'LL NEVER GET THEIR MAN
2. THE TUNNEL TIGERS
3. FHIR A' BHATA
4. O' CAROLAN'S CONCERTO
5. THE LARK IN THE MORNING
6. THE WHISTLING THIEF
7. THE ROUNDING OF CAPE HORN
8. THE DUBLIN JACK OF ALL TRADES
9. THE APPRENTICE'S SONG
10. CAILLERCH AN AIRGID
11. REELS (HAND ME DOWN THE TACKLE & JENNY'S WELCOME TO CHARLIE)
12. THE LAMBS ON THE GREEN HILLS
13. THE FROG'S WEDDING
14. YE JACOBOITES BY NAME
15. THE COLERAINE REGATTA
16. THE NEWRY HIGHWAYMAN
17. JOSEPH'S FANCY/ A TRIP TO DURROW
18. WHAT PUT THE BLOOD?
19. THE FENIANS FROM CAHIRCIVEEN
20. THE BARLEYCORN
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Recording but Wonderful March 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm surprised no one has posted a review of these to recordings before. The Johnstons were a traditional Irish group from the 60s and early 70s. A key member of the group was Paul Brady. His rendition of The Colraine Regatta stands out in my memory. I actually still have the 2 LPs but am buying the CD so I can once again listen to this excellent compilation of traditional music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of false advertising, but... April 30 2010
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album does not in fact contain the entirety of the LPs it specifies (although it says so nowhere): it's missing "The Rambler from Clare" from the first. The banjo medley "The Nine Points of Roguery/The Humours of Tulla" from the second is not listed, but appears after track 22, so the album actually has 25 tracks, not 24 (thanks to A. Watson for pointing this out).

That said, this album was certainly excellent value at its original price. Furthermore, the tracks from the first album appear here in stereo, although the LP was only released in mono.

The Johnstons are seldom mentioned these days except as the starting-points for Paul Brady and Mick (then known as Mike) Moloney, but for my money they were one of the best groups ever for Irish traditional music; and all the material here falls into that category*. They understand their material perfectly, they're first rate instrumentally, and their harmonies are stunning -- listen to "Fuigfidh Mise 'n Baile Seo", for example.

*OK, "Ye Jacobites" and Fhir a' Bhata are Scottish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Recording but Wonderful March 23 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm surprised no one has posted a review of these to recordings before. The Johnstons were a traditional Irish group from the 60s and early 70s. A key member of the group was Paul Brady. His rendition of The Colraine Regatta stands out in my memory. I actually still have the 2 LPs but am buying the CD so I can once again listen to this excellent compilation of traditional music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of false advertising, but... Feb. 18 2008
By Paul Magnussen - Published on Amazon.com
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This album does not in fact contain the entirety of the LPs it specifies (although it says so nowhere): it's missing "The Rambler from Clare" from the first. The banjo medley "The Nine Points of Roguery/The Humours of Tulla" from the second is not listed, but appears after track 22, so the album actually has 25 tracks, not 24 (thanks to A. Watson for pointing this out).

That said, this album was certainly excellent value at its original price. Furthermore, the tracks from the first album appear here in stereo, although the LP was only released in mono.

The Johnstons are seldom mentioned these days except as the starting-points for Paul Brady and Mick (then known as Mike) Moloney, but for my money they were one of the best groups ever for Irish traditional music; and all the material here falls into that category*. They understand their material perfectly, they're first rate instrumentally, and their harmonies are stunning — listen to "Fuigfidh Mise 'n Baile Seo", for example.

The total time is 78'55".

*OK, "Ye Jacobites" and "Fhir a' Bhata" are Scottish.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless classics of irish folk May 14 2002
By michael c. mcgrath - Published on Amazon.com
If you like Celtic or Irish folk music, this cd is the real deal. I knew almost nothing about the Johnstons before I bought it a year ago. Now they've become one of my all-time favorites of the genre, along with the Dubliners, the Bothy Band, and (early) De Danann. The late 1960's group on this cd consisted of sisters Luci & Adrienne Johnston, banjo virtuoso Mick Moloney, and a very young Paul Brady, who seems to bring magic to every Irish folk recording he's ever been involved with. The Johnstons were primarily a vocal group with minimal accompaniment (by Brady and Moloney) on guitar, mandolin and banjo. Their special innovation as an Irish folk group was to include both male and female singers, taking turns on lead vocals and joining together on background and group vocals. While this style of folk singing was already popular with English and American groups of the 1960's like the Watersons, the Ian Campbell Folk Group, and Peter, Paul & Mary, it had never, to my knowledge, been attempted successfully in Ireland's more conservative trad. music scene. All the popular Irish folk groups before the Johnstons were strictly men, like the Clancy Bros. and the Dubliners. But once the Johnstons broke out of this stodgy tradition and adapted the new style to a wide range of Irish & Scottish folk songs, it caught on quickly and became almost the new standard for later Irish folk legends like Clannad, De Danann, and the Bothy Band. But the Johnstons were not just noteworthy trailblazers. They were wonderful singers and musicians as well. Their music has an untypical freshness, vibrancy, passion, subtlety, taste, beauty, soul, depth, variety, and a consistent musicality. It makes most of today's Celtic music sound insipid, noisy or formulaic by comparison. On top of all this, the cd is a bargain, containing 79 minutes of material (2 albums). It definitely deserves to find a wider audience among discerning fans of Celtic and Irish folk music. And one last note: the Johnstons' version of "The Frog's Wedding" has to be the best children's song ever recorded!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long ago June 22 2002
By Peter Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Back in 1968 I was a 16 year old happily taking his girlfriend to hear a folk group called the Johnstons at his English grammer school. That evening this music's beauty and power made me forget everything (including the girlfriend) and in the intervening 34 odd years I hunted from time to time for any recording of that group. It was not until a year ago when I got these cd's from Amazon at quite considerable expense (NZ dollar being worth peanuts) put them on and learnt that the search was still worth every penny. Loved this trad irish music then and still do!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars too good Sept. 19 2004
By T. M. Marston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This record inspired me to learn the tenor banjo. If a record is good enough to drive a person to learn an instrument (lots of work!), it has got to be good. And it is - it is some of the best irish music from that era that I have ever heard and has probably my favorite Irish song of all time (coleraine regatta) on it.
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