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Saturday, May 01, 2010

SOME SAY THE DEVIL'S DEAD


by Pat's People with Al Purcell


K&R RECORDS
PLP 005
1980
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SIDE A:



THE BATTLE OF THE YELLOW FORD
REYNARD THE FOX
CIS LIATHAIN/BANISH MISFORTUNE/THE LILTING FISHERMAN
THE MASSACRE OF GLENCOE
SOME SAY THE DEVIL'S DEAD

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SIDE B:



THE LARK IN THE MORNING
THE ROSES OF PRINCE CHARLIE
THE PIKEMAN/BILL CLIFFORD'S HORNPIPE/JACKIE COLEMAN'S REEL/THE COPPER PLATE
NO MAN'S LAND

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Editor's note: some homespun Irish laments from a pack of emigres living in the Detroit area. Well, they were back at the time. I think. If not they should have been because well...what says Irish like Corktown?

6 comments:

John said...

I love these guys! Saw them a few times in Farmington Hills at Cowley's Old Village Inn. Man I miss them. I have the tape of "Some Say The Devil's Dead" but I want the album (vinyl lp) as it has a song or two the tape doesn't. Anyone help me out there? Also would LOVE the original album (again, vinyl lp) that was recorded at the Gaelic League in Detroit, MI back in 1975.

Anonymous said...

I have not heard this album in 20 some years, thank you. I saw Pat's People a few times as a youth, the Old Village Inn in Farmington on St. Patrick's day, it seemed like the whole town was crammed in there. My mother loved the song "No Man's Land", we had a personal connection to it, My Great, Great Uncle died in WW1, serving in the Scottish Army (where the family was living at the time, before coming to America) My mother would request that song, when we saw them play, She told Frank Kennedy that story, and he told her, he too had a relative die in that war.

M. kenney

Elaine O'Neill said...

Used to see them every week at Cowley's Old Village Inn in Farmington Hills, Michigan. They were the best! I have this album on cassette but no telling how long the tape will hold out before disintegrating. I'm so happy to be able to download it. All the members of the band were great people and very nice to all the fans that came to hear them every week. I was happy to see Wallace Ford went on to bigger and better things when he was asked to join The Irish Rovers. Love this band and this album.

webmaster said...

Wallace Hood played with the Rovers for a few years and has moved back to Ireland (2013).

Ray Maguire can still be playing at sessions around town but he works in Wayne County govt and Frank Kennedy plays occasionally with different Detroit based Irish bands.

You can see a YouTube of Frank Kennedy doing an amazing job on guitar singing "the Lakes of Ponchartrain" at a New Years gathering 2013. YouTube: http://youtu.be/wVb-qOGy4FU

Al Purcell passed away in 2001 but is still fondly remembered by the now large number of uilleann pipers in the SE Michigan area thanks to Al.

Anonymous said...

Wallace returned to Ireland in 2013. Ray can be seen around town at traditional Irish music sessons. Frank Kennedy can be seen on Youtube playing amazing guitar and singing "The Lakes of Ponchartrain" here: http://youtu.be/wVb-qOGy4FU

Al Purcell passed in 2001 and is fondly remembered by the many uilleann pipers in SE michigan who got their start with A. Al was inducted into the Michigan Irish Hall of Fame in Muskegon in the summer of 2013.

Anonymous said...

I don't say this lightly, Pat's People may have very well have been the Led Zeppelin of Irish music. I saw them at least 30-40 times back in the day. Ray McGuire was superb vocal and was brilliant on the flute of acoustic guitar. Wallace Hood was a master of the guitar,mandolin or any other string instrument he chose to tackle. He also could sing wonderfully. Frank Kennedy usually played bass and was equally amazing. They played incredible originals and owned any Irish standard they played. They haven't played together in over 16 years and I miss their music terribly. You haven't seen an Irish band blow the lid off a place like Pat's People. An Irish act that set the standard.