12 January 2006
PAT'S CD RELIVES AN ERA WHEN HE WAS KING OF THE
FORTY years of
showbiz memories are featured on the new CD from Cork
man Pat Lynch.
The Bantry native,
who retired from the showband scene in 1975, has just
re-issued for the first time on CD the original
recordings of 24 songs from back the years.
Pat fronted the Clipper Carlton for a time in 1964 and
early '65 before joining the Airchords. He recorded his
first single, Noreen Bawn, in that year but it never
made it in to the public domain. Now, 40 years on, it is
included in the new compilation.
scored his first chart success in 1966 with The Leaving
of Liverpool. The following year saw him hit the jackpot
with two hugely successful records, The Irish Soldier
which reached No.3 and Treat My Daughter Kindly which
spent four weeks at No.1.
he entered the National Song Contest with a number
called Kinsale. It was arranged by Johnny Tate and to
this day remains a special favourite with many of that
generation. It is among the songs included on the new
Pat said: "It was around
1970 that I recorded Hush A Bye Bye. This track will
always hold a special place in my heart as my reluctant
five year old daughter accompanied me on this up-tempo
lullaby. A song my grandchildren now sing for me."
When We Were Young was the song that took Pat to the top
of the charts for the second time. He was working with
the Airchords in 1971.
"Originally, the lead guitarist in the band, Fergie
Burke, was going to sing the track but, before we got to
record it, the band had gone its separate ways and so I
ended up recording this song as a solo artist. It stayed
at the top for six weeks while I searched for another
"Most of the songs were
arranged by my great friends, Jack Bayle and Noel
Keelehan and all have a story to tell. I am sure many
who hear them again will have memories of their own."
Pat acknowledges the special contribution made by Eddie
and Peggy Kelly in Longford to the issue of the current
"Without their input,
many of these tracks would have been lost in the sands
of time. I would also like to acknowledge all the
musicians, technicians, and producers I worked with over
"A special mention
has to go to Liam Hurley who, as the musical director
for the Airchords in the early days, was a major
influence in the success of the band."
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG is sure to find favour with many who
remember Pat from the 1965 to 1975 era. Songs from the
album look set to become firm favourites all over again
for the genial Cork man.