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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.

Stay Tuned.



Here's a clip of Ryan's Fancy's press scrum following the ECMA award presentation. Thanks To Shawn Fulford.


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 section. 

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 ryansfancy@yahoo.com



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 way.


The Crowd Of Bold Sharemen are currently touring Ireland. Check the Events  page for where they can be seen.


Atlanticseabreeze.com 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 With Bill.


As the shot at the top of the page can tell you Sunday night was truly something special. Click Here for a few details.

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 Tuned.

 Meanwhile check out this article from The Halifax Herald

Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram


Oh What a Night!!

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.tik.JPG (36189 bytes)

Click Here For A CBC Real Audio Report

Click 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 ryansfancy@yahoo.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.

  Check out the latest edition of The Newfoundland Herald for a lovely tribute to Ryan's Fancy just in time for their impending 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.


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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 section.


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.


Major Announcement:

Ryan's Fancy To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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:

RYAN'S 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 program.

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.

Click HERE for CBC coverage of the event.

Click HERE for an audio report from VOCM       

For more information and an excellent bio of the band, visit                         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 Events



A story from Ryan's Fancy TV alum Bill Murphy has been posted in the Comments section


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