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Encyclopedia > Ryan's Fancy
Fergus O'Byrne, Dermot O'Reilly and Denis Ryan of Ryan's Fancy
Fergus O'Byrne, Dermot O'Reilly and Denis Ryan of Ryan's Fancy

Ryan’s Fancy was a conglomeration of three Irish emigrants to Canada, that rose out of the folk music scene of the late 1960's. Denis Ryan, Fergus O’Byrne, and Dermot O’Reilly, were originally members of the Sons of Erin. The original Sons of Erin line-up featured Dermot and Fergus along with Gary Kavanagh and band leader Ralph O'Brien. When the band broke up Dermot, Fergus and Gary continued on for one tour as O'Reilly's Men and upon returning to Toronto met up with Don Sullivan to form the original Sullivan' Gypsies. Ralph O'Brien reformed The Sons Of Erin with new members Johnnie Lynn, John Cameron and Denis Ryan and recorded a self-titled LP. Shortly afterward Denis left to join Sullivan's Gypsies. Ryan's Fancy came to be when Sullivan's Gypsies parted ways. The trio relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1971 to attend Memorial University of Newfoundland. The group became popular on the local music scene and regular performers at the Strand Lounge. Shortly after meeting CBC television producer Jack Kellum the trio became stars of their own national TV series and travelled throughout Newfoundland and Maritime Canada highlighting the areas rich cultural and musical heritage. Ryan's Fancy had their own syndicated series called Ryan's Fancy (January 1972 to April 1972) and the pub-styled Tommy Makem and Ryan's Fancy (July to September 1974). Plus, in 1980, they starred and performed in the CBC-TV movie Pirate's Gold. Image File history File links Ryans Fancy File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Ryans Fancy File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... St. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Memorial University of Newfoundland, popularly known as MUN, is a comprehensive university located in St. ... CBC redirects here, as this is the most common use of the abbreviation. ... Newfoundland (French: Terre-Neuve; Irish: Talamh an Éisc; Latin: Terra Nova) is a large island off the north-east coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... The Maritimes or Maritime provinces are a region of Canada on the Atlantic coast, consisting of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1983 after many successful recordings and a long run on television the three members of Ryan’s Fancy decided to disband in favour of individual pursuits but their effect on the Atlantic Canadian music scene resounds strong to this day. Denis Ryan moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia and became an investment banker and businessman while Fergus O'Byrne and Dermot O'Reilly remained in St. John's. Fergus completed a degree in education and began a successful career as a teacher and lecturer while Dermot open a music recording studio. Both are still regular performers and can be seen performing weekly on George Street at O'Reilly's Pub in St. John's. 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Please note, former Halifax, Nova Scotia content has been moved to the Halifax Regional Municipality page. ...


The current popularity of Newfoundland music owes a lot to the achievements of Ryan’s Fancy. In 2004, Ryan's Fancy were awarded the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award of the East Coast Music Association. Newfoundland and Labrador is a maritime province of Canada. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Denis Ryan (vocals, fiddle, tin whistle)
  • Fergus O'Byrne (vocals, banjo, concertina, bodhran)
  • Dermot O'Reilly (vocals, guitar, mandolin)

Discography

  • Ryan's Fancy Sung by Sullivan's Gypsies (1970)
  • Curraghs, Minstrels, Rocks and Whiskey (1971)
  • An Irish Night At The Black Knight Lounge (1971)
  • Dark Island (1971)
  • Looking Back (1972)
  • Newfoundland Drinking Songs (1973)
  • Times To Remember (1973)
  • Ryan's Fancy Live (1975)
  • Brand New Songs (1977)
  • A Time With Ryan's Fancy (1979)
  • Sea People (1980)
  • Dance Around This One (1981)
  • Irish Love Songs (1982)
  • Songs From The Shows (2001)

See also: 1969 in music, other events of 1970, 1971 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music Events Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... See also: 1971 in music, other events of 1972, 1973 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at... See also: 1972 in music, other events of 1973, 1974 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January-February January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The... See also: 1972 in music, other events of 1973, 1974 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January-February January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The... See also: 1974 in music, other events of 1975, 1976 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 2 - New York City US District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration... See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events In this year, the St. ... See also: 1978 in music, other events of 1979, 1980 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events Disco reigned supreme in 1979, with several #1 hits from The Bee Gees and Donna Summer that year. ... See also: 1979 in music, other events of 1980, 1981 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January January 1 - Cliff Richard is appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. The only other pop music acts to be created MBEs are the Beatles and... See also: 1980 in music, other events of 1981, 1982 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music Events January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14... See also: 1981 in music, other events of 1982, 1983 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... See also: 2000 in music, 2001 in music (UK), other events of 2001, 2002 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Hum disbands. ...

Sounds Samples

  • The Galway Shawl
  • Now I'm 64
  • Yarmouth Town
  • Harbour LeCou
  • Gallant Forty Twa
  • Nancy Whiskey
  • The Star of Logy Bay
  • Seven Old Ladies

External Links

  • Ryan's Fancy Official Website
  • Ryan's Fancy: Songs from the Shows

 
 

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