Four Men and a Dog
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Widely acclaimed for bringing freshness and vitality back to traditional Irish music, Four Men And A Dogs debut album in 1991, the aptly titled Barking Mad, was a spectacular distillation of the new and the old, earning comparisons to the Bothy Band at their peak. It became Folk Roots magazines Album Of The Year, despite being recorded in rushed circumstances and at minimal expense. Including everything from jigs and reels to probably the first ever Irish folk rap song, it entranced almost all who heard it. It featured three musicians who subsequently left the band, Dónal Murphy (1970, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; accordion), Brian McGrath (mandolin/banjo) and vocalist Mick The Black Dog Daly, and by 1993 the line-up had changed radically to include original members Gino Lupari (b. Magherafelt, County Derry, Northern Ireland; bodhrán/bones) and Cathal Hayden (b. 13 July 1963, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; fiddle), plus...