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70s group MacMurrough feature on new 'acid folk' compilation CD

Published 23/07/2013 | 05:34

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The members of MacMurrough during their heyday in the 1970s: Paul Kavanagh, Josephine O’Neill, and Mary O’Neill.

A NOTED Wexford ballad group from the seventies features on a new compilation CD that brings back fond memories of the acid folk and ballad boom of the era.

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MacMurrough, comprising Paul Kavanagh and sisters Mary and Josephine O'Neill, are included on the new the Gael Linn album 'Báidín Fheidlimí' performing 'Cuan Bhaile na Cuirte', a song released as a single on the label in 1974.

The CD, subtitled 'Selected Gael Linn Singles 1968-80' celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Gael Linn label and also includes the likes of seventies folk giants Emmet Spiceland, The Johnstons (featuring Paul Brady), We 4, Clannad and Seán O Sé with his classic 'An Poc Ar Buile'.

MacMurrough formed in Ferns originally as Shades of MacMurrough. They recorded three albums for Polydor, now regarded as classics of the folk era. Pristine versions of MacMurrough LPs are now in high demand by collectors worldwide and command high prices when they come up for sale on auction sites.

Josephine O'Neill left MacMurrough before the recording of the third album and Paul and Mary, who were by then husband and wife, continued performing as MacMurrough through the late seventies and eighties, memorably releasing Tom Williams' 'Cuchulainn's Son' - a tribute to Wexford hurling great Nickey Rackard - as a single in 1984.

Both Paul and Mary Kavanagh were teachers by profession, but Paul swiched careers in the nineties, becoming a barrister.

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