Ryan's Fancy: Songs From The Shows
This collection came about rather by chance, when about two and a half years
ago, while scouring the CBC Radio archives in St. John's, I came upon a tape
that was catalogued as having three Ryan's Fancy tracks on it. Being curious, I
requested the tape and upon listening to it discovered that there were, in fact,
quite a number of tracks of good quality material on the tape that I felt were
worthy of reproduction. These recordings were from 'field tapes', which were
used in the production of their acclaimed CBC Television shows that were
broadcast nationally during the 1970s. The music for the shows was recorded at CBC Studios in St. John's and at the Audio Atlantic Studio in
A copy of the tape was secured and then I contacted Fergus O'Byrne via e-mail
asking him to meet with me, as I believed I had a CD project that we could work
on together. When he came to my office for the meeting I handed him a CD copy of
the tape. I recall that for a few seconds, and it seemed like minutes, he did
not or could not speak. When he finally spoke he asked me where I got the
material and then we listened to the music.
From that point on Dermot O'Reilly and Fergus O'Byrne set out to augment this
initial "find" with material from other archival resources. The many hours of
research and review have now culminated into an exciting package titled
Ryan's Fancy: Songs From The Shows. Of the fifteen re-mastered tracks,
thirteen songs have never previously been available on a Ryan's Fancy album.
Working on this project has been a labour of love for me. I remember early in
my career (1973) in the music business distributing the Ryan's Fancy catalogue.
At that time I had the privilege of meeting Ryan's Fancy on a regular basis when
they came into my warehouse to pick up product and check on the sales of their
LP's and Cassettes. It is a pleasure, once again, to be associated with this
great group and these outstanding individuals.