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John Lyons, Newmarket-on-Fergus (b. 1934)

John Lyons

Photo: John Howson

John Lyons is originally from Millstreet, County Cork and in 1961 moved to Newmarket-on-Fergus, following spells in England and Wales, where he worked as an electrician. From a musical family, he picked up the melodeon and developed an interest in songs, learning them from many sources, including RTE’s ‘Balladmaker’s Saturday Night’. The majority of these recordings were made when John stayed with us in London while on a tour we had organized for him in 1974; the rest were recorded at various singing sessions during Willie Clancy Summer Schools. John’s first album, ‘May Morning Dew’, instigated by us through Topic Records, was recorded while he was on tour in London and he has made several albums since, the most recent being ‘Easy and Bold’ (Veteran Records, 1912), with his brother, Tim.
Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie

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