Boys Of The Lough

Genres: World
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Formed in 1967 this folk unit is well known for its arrangements of Celtic music. The original line-up of Robin Morton (24 December 1939, Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland; vocals, concertina, bodhrán), Cathal McConnell (b. 8 June 1944, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland; flute, vocals, whistle), and Tommy Gunn (b. Derrylin, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, d. 6 October 2001; fiddle, bones, vocals) adopted the name Boys Of The Lough during a recording session for a television programme. After a tour of Scotland and England, Gunn left the trio, leaving McConnell and Morton to continue as a duo. In 1968, at the Aberdeen Folk Festival, they performed with another duo, Aly Bain (b. 15 May 1946, Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland) and Mike Whelans. This became the new line-up of the group. Dick Gaughan (b. Richard Peter Gaughan, 17 May 1948, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland) then replaced Whelans in 1972, and in this guise appeared at the...

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