Sunday, October 2, 2016

Major Influence: The Bothy Band and "Green Groves of Erin/Flowers of Red Hill"

Today's song, Green Groves of Erin/Flowers of Red Hill, is performed by The Bothy Band. Active during the 1970s, The Bothy Band became quickly known as one of the must influential bands playing Irish music. Formed in 1975 by former Planxty bouzouki player Dónal Lunny, he was joined by other famous Irish musicians such as Matt Molloy, Paddy Keenan, Paddy Glackin, Tony McMahon, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill. The group disbanded in 1979, but continued to serve as an inspiration for newer Irish bands - and the individual members went on to have continued successful careers with other bands and in solo work. You can find Green Groves of Erin/Flowers of Red Hill on 1983's The Best of the Bothy Band.