Flying Column (music group)

Flying Column (Music Group)

Flying Column (music group)

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Flying Column was the name adopted by a group of Irish traditional musicians and singers who formed a folk band in Belfast around 1967/68. They took their name from the small tight cells that comprised the IRA active service units during the Anglo-Irish war of 1916-1921.


Sammy Largey, the father of the lead male vocalist with the group, Eamonn, had been a member of a flying column during the War of Independence and was also imprisoned on the prison ship The Argenta. It was through his father's active service within the rank of the Irish Republican Army's Flying Columns that prompted Eamonn to name the group.


The main contributors to the band were West Belfast couple Eamonn and Kathleen Largey (née McCready). This pair were the main vocalists - Although on the album Tony Lynch (the guitarist) sang both "Johnstons Motor Car" and also "The Castle of Dromore" on the "Four Green Fields" album. Completing the folk band were Benny on the banjo and Paul on the fiddle.


The band toured Ireland during the late 60's and early 70's, playing pubs, clubs and school halls. Although their seminal album "Four Green Fields" was one of the best selling Irish folk albums of all time, none of the members of the band received any royalties for this album or any of their other albums or concerts as all proceeds went to the "Green Cross", a charity for Irish political prisoners.

The "Four Green Fields" album was...
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