Sullivan's Gypsies – The Leprachaun - 1969 Ryan's Fancy - Canada Celtic Folk LP
Sullivan's Gypsies – The Leprachaun
hi-lite – HI-2211, hi-lite – 2211
Vinyl, LP, Album
Cover in Shrink VG++
Folk, World, & Country
A1 The Leprechaun 2:59
A2 Whiskey In The Jar 2:34
A3 Badin Phelim 2:35
A4 Mushin Durkin 2:20
A5 Danny Boy 4:03
B1 Rovin' Irish Beau 2:11
B2 A Tinker's Poteen 3:13
B3 Paddy Doyle The Poacher 1:30
B4 The Nightingale 3:00
B5 As I Roved Out 2:24
B6 The Parting Glass 1:31
Recorded At – Sound Canada Recording Centre
Manufactured By – Keel Record Mfg. Of Canada Limited
Banjo, Harpsichord, Organ – Fergus O'Byrne
Bass, Vocals – Don Sullivan (2)
Coordinator – Martin Hurst
Engineer – Ray Lawrence
Executive-Producer – Art Snider
Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Bass – Dermot O'Reilly
Vocals – Garrett Kavanagh
This album marks the 1969 North American debut of a new Irish folk singing group, Sullivan's Gypsies. There is no formula, as such, for success in the entertainment world. To shine among the many, a group must have that "unknown quality", elusive to the average but not to Sullivan's Gypsies.
They have all the assets necessary for fame as this album proves beyond doubt. Yet, they have that "unknown quality" as well. On or off the stage they have a presence that commands the attention of everyone that comes in contact with them. Those who have experienced a performance by Sullivan's Gypsies agree that they restore songs to the folk sources they came from.
Gypsy Don Sullivan, the leader, unlike the other lads was reared among the bushes of Tyrone. With facial scars, earrings, curly hair and beard, once can easily see the extraordinary life that this rugged individual must have led. He never ceases to amaze to those who come in contact with him. One is always surprise by the fact that he sings sings for a living and that he has a passion for writing, poetry and songs — three of which he wrote especially for this album.
Ryan’s Fancy was an Irish folk music group active from 1969–1983, all three of whose members were Irish immigrants to Canada.
Denis Ryan, Fergus O'Byrne, and Dermot O'Reilly, were originally members of the Sons of Erin. The original Sons of Erin line-up featured Dermot and Fergus along with Gary Kavanagh and band leader Ralph O'Brien. When the band broke up Dermot, Fergus and Gary continued on for one tour as O'Reilly's Men and upon returning to Toronto met up with Don Sullivan to form the original Sullivan's Gypsies. Ralph O'Brien reformed The Sons Of Erin with new members Johnnie Lynn, John Cameron and Denis Ryan and recorded a self-titled LP. Shortly afterward Denis left to join Sullivan's Gypsies. Ryan's Fancy came to be when Sullivan's Gypsies parted ways.