Ryan's Fancy.Com Has Arrived. In the coming weeks
the site will be subject to a major revision as well as some substantial
updates. There will also be more interactive features such as polls, a
message board and a mailing list. There will be substantial updates to the
articles section as well featuring many recent writings on the group.
Any suggestions are more than welcome. As well I
encourage everyone with stories or pics to submit please do so.
Here's a clip of Ryan's
Fancy's press scrum following the ECMA award presentation. Thanks To
Thanks to all who keep checking back to the page
for new stuff. I promise there is an update on the way featuring a totally
revamped collection of articles ranging from the sixties to 2004 as well
as a few new pics. I also encourage anyone who may have anything to contribute
to this site to feel free and do so - weather it be a picture, a story or
just a brief anecdote there will be a place found for it on this site. I'd
also like to add comments to the various Recordings
pages so if you've got a favorite Ryan's Fancy or Ryan's Fancy related
album tell me which one, and why, and I'll post it in that particular
That goes for the television shows as well. If
anyone is fortunate enough to have some of the old shows and would like to
throw together a summary and/or review let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fergus is again on the road with Jim Payne. Check
The Events section to see where they're headed.
Hello all. sorry I've been out of the loop for a
while but check back this weekend as I have a pretty substantial update on
The Crowd Of Bold Sharemen are currently touring
Ireland. Check the Events page for where
they can be seen.
has been added to the links page. The artist of
the month is Crowd Of Bold Sharemen
There's a great new entry from Bill Murphy. This
one relates to the Stan Rogers clip I recently posted. Check it out in Adventures
As the shot at the top of the page can tell you
Sunday night was truly something special. Click Here for a few
Click Here for a few
snapshots of the event.
Click Here for the latest
from Bill Murphy.
Here's a clip
of the late great Stan Rogers singing his classic Barrett's Privateers
while being accompanied by Ryan's Fancy . (From The
Stan Rogers Page)
To say that a few of you may be slightly
frustrated in your attempts to find some Ryan's Fancy recordings would be
a huge understatement. Hopefully your quest will be aided by a trip
to the Links page. Scroll to the bottom for a list of recent Ryan's
Fancy auctions. Enjoy
Hello folks. I know I promised a
piece on the party today but unfortunately
the recovery process is still ongoing and it should be up tomorrow. Stay
Meanwhile check out this
article from The Halifax Herald
Oh What a
Well the 2004 ECMAs have come and gone and what a
time it was. Ryan's Fancy received their much deserved lifetime achievement
award from Great Big Sea and Honored the capacity crowd with a stirring chorus
of The Tiree Love Song in still-perfect three part harmony leaving hardly
a dry eye in the house.
After the show, a party was held in honor of the lads at
O'Reilly's Pub in downtown St. John's... details of which well be posted
in this space tomorrow. Be sure and check back then as it was truly a
night to remember.
Here For A CBC Real Audio Report
Here For A CBC Real Video Report
If anyone has any comments regarding the Ryan's Fancy appearance at the
awards show or were in attendance at O'Reilly's and have photos and/or
stories to share, drop me a line at email@example.com
Have a look at the Events section
to know where you can check out members of Ryan's Fancy in St. John's and
around the world.
out the latest edition of The Newfoundland Herald for a lovely
tribute to Ryan's Fancy just in time for their
ECMA honor. On sale now throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
And for those who haven't heard - A Crowd
Of Bold Sharemen has been added to the line-up of performers at the ECMA
awards show. Sounds like a show not to be missed.
Great big Christmas
There was a great time had at the Delta Ballroom
in St. John's last Saturday night when Great Big Sea hosted their annual
holiday event. Opening
for the group was none other than misters O' Reilly
and O'Byrne. Congratulations boys, a good time was had by all.
Here's a story
for the season from Bill Murphy
It's a busy week
for Fergus And Dermot! Check out where YOU can check them out in the Events
Check out the Albums
section for short sound clips for select Ryan's Fancy songs. My apologies
for the quality of some clips but as any collector of this material knows
it is often difficult to secure a perfect version. Clips will be updated
as better versions are obtained.
Ryan's Fancy To Receive Lifetime Achievement
A press conference was held today by the
organizers of the East Coast Music Awards where it was announced that the
recipient of the 2004 Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime achievement award
will be Ryan's Fancy. The Award will be presented at the 16th annual
ECMA's which will be held at Mile One Stadium in St. John's NL on
Feb. 15. and broadcast nationally on CBC.
The Announcement was followed by a splendid video
presentation documenting the influence that the group has had on the
modern East Coast music scene. The official press release follows:
FANCY Named Recipient of ECMA's
Lifetime Achievement Award for 2004
(St. John's, NL) - During a press conference held today at the Delta St.
John's Hotel and Conference Centre, the East Coast Music Association
proudly announced Newfoundland supergroup RYAN'S FANCY as the recipient of
the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award for 2004. This award
recognizes an individual or group who has had a profound and lasting
effect on the Atlantic Canadian music industry. The Board of Directors of
the ECMA determines the recipient of this award.
"Ryan's Fancy has been a bridge connecting generations,
musical styles and cultures. They have given the region a rich musical
contribution and have created in the process a deserved legacy," says
ECMA Vice-Chair and Newfoundland and Labrador board member Robert Buck.
"They adopted the culture they found here, reveled in it and took an
active role in uncovering the rich tapestry of poems and music created by
the people of Atlantic Canada."
In addition to recording several successful albums, Ryan's Fancy
also hosted regional, national and international television broadcasts
that took the music of the East Coast across Canada and around the world.
Their on-location shoots took the band to dozens of communities in every
province on the East Coast.
Ryan's Fancy will be honoured at the East Coast Music Gala
Awards Show on Sunday, February 15, 2004, in St. John's,
Newfoundland and Labrador. The Gala is broadcast nationally on CBC
Television and simulcast on CBC Radio Two. Tickets for the
Awards Gala are $39.50 and will go on sale, November 20, 2003 at Mile One
Stadium, St. John's.
The ECMA Event Organizing Committee also announced its partners and
sponsors who are helping to make the 2004 ECMAs possible. The Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Human Resources Development Canada,
and the City of St. John's are the supporting government partners. The
ECMA is also very grateful to their platinum sponsors are CBC Television,
The Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre, Labatt's Breweries, and
FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record). The gold sponsors
are CBC Radio, Starmaker Fund, MC2 Communications Inc., Warner Music
Canada, and Steele Communications. The silver sponsors are Yamaha Music
Canada, Minolta, Avalon Convention and Visitors' Bureau, Galaxie - CBC's
Continuous Music Network, Telefilm Canada, EMI Music Canada. And the
bronze sponsors are Budget Car and Truck Rental and Universal Music
Canada. ECMA is also delighted to have the support of SOCAN as a music
industry partner and Dominion Stores as a sponsor of the Soundwaves school
The East Coast Music Awards and Conference is an annual event, organized
by the not-for-profit organization East Coast Music Association, held in a
different Atlantic community each year. The Awards and Conference 2004 is
celebrating its 16th anniversary in St. John's.
For more information please contact Robin Bartlett, Marketing and
Communications Co-ordinator, at (709) 576-8131.
for CBC coverage of the event.
for an audio report from VOCM
For more information and an excellent bio of the
ECMA Web Page
The new site is finally up and running.
There may be a problem here and there for the first little while but all
will be fine in time. The new page features better organization and a much
improved Guest-Book. Take the time to have a poke
around and enjoy.
Another story from Ryan's Fancy TV alum Bill Murphy has been posted in the Comments
section. This Time we hear about adventures in Labrador
The latest dates
for former Ryan's Fancy members are available in Upcoming
A story from Ryan's Fancy TV alum Bill Murphy has been posted in the Comments