Town Of Ballybay, The

Ballybay (Irish: Béal Átha Beithe, meaning "mouth of the ford of the birch") is a town in County Monaghan, Ireland. It is centered on the crossroads of the R183 and R162 regional roads.


The Town Of Ballybay (C)(WORD)
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The Town Of Ballybay (F)(WORD)
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YOU CAN PLAY IN THE SAME KEY AS THE RECORDINGS USING THE (C) SONGSHEET! On BUG night, if I'm leading the song, we'll be using the (F) songsheet.

After initially achieving fame with The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem began a solo career in 1969. After Tommy left, the Clancy Brothers began scaling back their busy touring schedule to the point that, by the mid-70s, they were touring only part of the year. When not touring with his brothers, Liam Clancy started performing solo. In late 1974, suffering financial setbacks because of misreported taxes, Liam filed for bankruptcy and moved his family to live with his in-laws in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Liam's brother-in-law, Leo Cote, began producing a series of successful local solo gigs for Liam. Liam's concerts in Calgary caught the attention of a television producer, who signed him for thirteen episodes of his own syndicated music and talk show for the Spring season of 1975. The show was a hit and was renewed for twenty-six more episodes for the 1975-1976 season. At the same time, Makem was also achieving success in releasing seven solo albums, sold-out concerts, and television appearances, including a Canadian television series of his own. Clancy invited Makem onto his Canadian television series, "The Liam Clancy Show." On the final show of the season, Makem appeared as a guest; this hit episode, which won a Canadian Emmy Award for 'best half-hour entertainment in a variety show,' led to the two of them being signed together for twenty-six additional episodes on television in the 1976-1977 season. Their series was called "The Makem & Clancy Show."

Their debut self-titled album, Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy, released in December 1976 on their own record label, Blackbird Records. Makem and Clancy followed their debut studio album with a live record recorded at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin in July 1977, the double LP The Makem & Clancy Concert. The record introduced many songs that were to become staples in their repertoire, including another of their signature numbers, Gordon Bok's story-song, Peter Kagan and the Wind, as well as Mary Mack, Rambles of Spring, the Irish language song Ar Éirinn Ní Neosainn Cé Hí, and The Town of Ballybay.  (Wikipedia)

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