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Dunmore East

The Lonesome Hobos

Dunmore East is a small fishing village on the south-east coast of Ireland, 16kms from the city of Waterford. It sits on the western side of the Waterford Harbour Estuary, 4.8kms from Hook Head in Wexford.
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland

SONGS:

Sam Stone

Red River Valley

Recorded in Beau St.

Studios, Waterford and

engineered by Martin Murray.

Jesse Lonergan: Vocals on

both songs.

Ringo Regan: Harmony on

Sam Stone, lead acoustic on

both songs and dobro on

Sam Stone.

Carrie Crowley: Harmony on

Red River Valley.

Martin O' Connor: Squeeze

box on Red River Valley.

Geraldine Cullen: Cello on

Red River Valley.

Niall O'Brien: Fiddle on Sam

Stone.

Gerry Madden: Mandolin on

Sam Stone.

I Wonder how the Old Folks

are at Home

(Older recording))

21st October, 1988.

From left to right: Mick Dower,

Jesse Lonergan, Niall O'Brien,

Mick Kinseala and Ringo Regan

The band began in 1987 when Jesse Lonergan and Ringo Regan returned from a

year in Australia . John Gray RIP, secured the boys a Sunday afternoon session at

the Candlelight for Charlie Boland, and that was more or less the beginning. The

initial sessions involved sitting around a table playing guitar, five string banjo, and

dobro. The boys covered old Bluegrass classics from Bill Munroe, Ralph Stanley,

Doc Watson etc, with a reasonably healthy mix of tunes and songs.

Fergus Tyrell from Dublin (whose brothers had a country band called Tyrell's Pass)

joined on bass and each Sunday the size of the crowds started to increase. Most

people just liked the music which at the time was new to Dunmore , and the

Candlelight.

In the spring of 1988 it was decided to have a go at launching the band proper.

Fergus had moved on, so some new recruits had to be found and a much better

sound system etc. needed to be purchased. Ringo enlisted the services of Mick

Dower from Waterford on bass, and Jesse contacted an old drummer friend of his,

Mick Kinsella, a former drummer with the Dave Prim band from Kilkenny. Mick

Kinsella was also an excellent Blues Harp player. Then they needed a good fiddle

player, so a search of the music department of Waterford Regional was conducted

and it produced a very talented young Waterford musician Niall O'Brien who became

the youngest member of The Lonesome Hobos. Last but not least Gerry Madden

joined on the mandolin and so the Lonesome Hobos began.

The Lonesome Hobos travelled and played throughout the country for a few years.

Most who heard the band loved the sound and the image. The sound was an

American Bluegrass cross-over into country folk. The image was of a bedraggled

bunch of old travelling Men taken from the very name The Lonesome Hobos.

The band played many festivals and venues, including The Killarney Folk Festival

where they shared the bill with Altan, and the Dublin City Folk Festival. They

appeared on RTE television with Shay Healy and The Nighthawks, and also on RTE

radio with Ronan Collins. One famous double bill with The Waterboys at CJ's in Salt

Hill Galway, will always be remembered when the more illustrious fiddle player with

The Waterboys was at a loss to deal with the young Hobo on the fiddle from

Waterford. The boys also played (believe it or not) at the Candlelight one winter's

night with one of America 's foremost singer song writers John Prine, in the company

of Phillip Donnelly.

Throughout all the gigs and the travelling the Hobos always came back to town and

especially to Dunmore where it had all begun. Some people will remember taking the

Bus on a Saturday night to Katie Reilly's Kitchen on the Tramore road to enjoy the

band and the old Bluegrass classics including “Blue Moon of Kentucky ”, and “Will

the Circle be Unbroken”

The Lonesome Hobos played many bluegrass and country tunes and received a lot

of support from the people of the South East. One song in particular however will

always stand out in the minds of many in Dunmore as being the signature tune of

“The Lonesome Hobos” - “Sam Stone”

To this day it is still requested on country radio programs.

“ There's a hole in Daddy's arm where all the money goes, and Jesus Christ died for

nothing I suppose”.

“The Lonesome Hobos” Thank you for the memories.