Cornelscourt Parish Hall

Cornelscourt Parish Hall
The Location of Foxrock Folk Club


As Luke Kelly remarked when he played the club in December 1972, a folk club in the suburb of Foxrock was a somewhat unlikely combination. Probably even more unlikely was the fact it was organised and run by teenagers and managed to attract to Foxrock some of the biggest names on the Irish music scene (see Folk Club History & "Local and Visiting Artists").

The aim of the Foxrock Folk Club Project is to (1) research the history of the club (2) develop a club archive and (3) create a space in which people who played at the club or attended some of the sessions can share their memories of what was an unique musical and cultural experience.


Sunday, 29 November 2015

Luke Kelly and others: Rare and Previously Unreleased Recordings

As well as the rare recordings of Irish blues artists on the 'Live at Foxrock' album*, there are also a number of previously unreleased tracks by leading Irish singers and musicians.
These include:
- the only available recording of Luke Kelly singing 'Blackwaterside', which also has Sean Potts on the tin whistle in the background. This pairing came about because The Chieftains and Luke Kelly were on the same bill at the club (it was some night!) and Luke spontaneously invited Sean to join him on stage
- The Andy Irvine original, 'Noddy's Little Red Car', and a recording of Andy playing Woody Guthrie's 'Talking Dust Bowl Blues'
- Al O'Donnell singing 'Rigs O' Rye' which is not on his two albums that came out in the 1970s
- Supply, Demand and Curve only recorded one album so the two tracks on this CD - 'L'Oiseau' and 'The Sailor Came Home From the Sea' are also rarities.

*A great recording of rare recordings by Red Peters came out on the Blue Navigator label in 2013, 'Red Peters: Rare Recordings 1968-1989', and this includes Red with both acoustic and electric bands, as well as a recording of an interview he gave to RTE in 1981. Well worth seeking out.

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