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December 2011 Archives

Remembering "What a Time" It Was

ryans fancy CD.jpgThey are cited as an influence and inspiration by countless traditional bands and musicians.

But for many years, most of the music of Ryan's Fancy was unavailable. The band made a dozen LPs between 1971 and 1983, all of them long since out of print.

That all changes earlier this year, with the release of What a Time: A Forty Year Celebration.

The two-CD set assembles 42 favourites from the days when Ryan's Fancy was a household name, renowned for their live shows and known to all as television stars who travelled and filmed across Newfoundland and the Maritimes.

This Saturday, the Performance Hour reviews the remarkable career of Ryan's Fancy. Surviving members Dennis Ryan and Fergus O'Byrne join me to talk about the new release and hear a few of the old tunes.

They'll recall their younger days, pay tribute to their late friend and colleague Dermot O'Rielly, tell a few stories, and remember what a time it was.