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"Bonny Brave Boys"



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"Bonny Brave Boys" self-produced, 2003.
Rick Stanley on vocals and self-built solid pecan Tara McFall-style harp, Robin Pfoutz on a century old birdseye maple/spruce cello, Pat Egan on Santa Cruz guitar and harmony vocals, and Tim Britton on wooden flute, Copeland whistle, and bodhran. All arrangements by Border Lord. Produced and engineered by Tim Britton.

Traditional and contemporary ballads and airs performed on vocals, harp, cello, guitar, bodhran and whistle. Included in this collection are three airs written by Ireland’s greatest 18th century harper, Turlough O’Carolan; two contemporary ballads written by Scotland’s Andy Stewart and Ireland’s Andy Mitchell; a contemporary air written by Thomas Walsh; plus three original ballads written by Rick Stanley. Features Border Lord’s most inspired and subtle artistry, captured live using no overdubbing, mixing, compression, EQ, reverb, or other artificial enhancement by producer and engineer Tim Britton, who also joins in on flute and whistle. Chulrua’s Pat Egan is also featured on his beautiful Santa Cruz guitar and harmony vocals.

Review (Dirty Linen)
"The good news is that Rick Stanley never left music at all. His latest effort is with his new band Border Lord, a traditional Celtic folk group with Irish harp, cello, guitar, flute, and whistle. Influenced by the old airs and tunes of Scotland and Ireland, Border Lord's music combines the harp (Stanley) and cello (Robin Pfoutz) in unique and clever arrangements using counter-melodies and rhythms. Stanley also sings on songs like "Beauty Is" and "Queen Ann's Lace." and his voice is rich and evocative. The standout track, perhaps, is "Bonny Brave Boys," a song inspired by Stanley's tour of Vietnam in 1965 and the numerous mothers awaiting their sons who never returned from battle." (Dirty Linen, #116, February/March '05)

Review (Green Man Review)
"...Border Lord's Bonny Brave Boys is, well, a bit different. 'Although it's very much a traditional instrument, I am sure some people still think the Harp is a bit limiting as to what you can do with it, - ditto the Cello! But after listening to this album, I think you might very well change your mind. This is a very nice, traditional based album, which should suit the traditional folk purists down to the ground.' Not sure about you, but I'm curious!"
(, January '05.)

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More information on Border Lord.

Track Titles Samples*
  The Light Dragoon4 listen  
  Road to Lisdoonvarna4    
  Stewball and the Monaghan Grey Mare4    
  Carolan's Dream2 listen  
  Bonny Brave Boys1 listen  
  The Princess Royal2 listen  
  Take Her in Your Arms3    
  Innisheer7 listen  
  Outlandish Knight1,4    
  Morrison's Jig 4 listen  
  Queen Anne's Lace5 /
Sidney Smith's March
  Lord Inchiquin2    
  Beauty Is8    
  Additional Samples from  
  1 - Words and music © Rick Stanley
2 - Turlough O'Carolan
3 - A.M. Stewart
4 - Traditional
5 - Rick Stanley & Caroline Divoky
6 - A. Mitchell
7 - T. Walsh
8 -Words by Brendan Stanley, music by Rick Stanley
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