The Johnstons

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This mid-60s Irish close harmony group enjoyed immense success in their homeland. The original line-up, which used to play in the family pub in Slane, consisted of Adrienne Johnston (vocals), her sister Luci (vocals), and brother Michael (guitar). Their debut single, a cover version of Ewan MacColl’s ‘The Travelling People’, reached number 1 in the Irish charts. Michael left the trio, and the sisters were joined by traditionalist Mike Moloney (Co. Limerick, Eire; guitar/banjo/vocals), and shortly after by Paul Brady (b. 19 May 1947, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland; guitar/vocals). Brady and Moloney had met earlier while at University College, Dublin. While The Barley Corn was traditionally based, Give A Damn saw the band working with contemporary material, by writers such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, and Dave Cousins. Both albums were unusually released on the same day. By the time of Bitter Green Luci had left the group,...

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