After almost twenty years of writing, recording, producing
music and fronting such bands as The Punters and The 8
Track Favourites Larry Foley has emerged to put his stamp on
a body of work which is quickly establishing him as a solo
His new, self-produced recording "Free & Easy" is a reflection of his roots and
his love of a good song.
Here is how Larry describes the process in recording this CD:
"One real nice day last fall (2011), I put on the tape of my
grandfather singing. It's not always easy to do. Here I was, just
turned forty, with a boy of my own, sitting in my own recording
studio. Towards the end of side B, “Sweet Forget Me Not”
appears in the speakers and as I absorb the beauty of his
rendition, the tape cuts off. I was again poisoned. Then I
figured, I'd just fix it. I managed to get his voice into my
computer and set to accompanying him and making a duet of
the unfinished work.
That was the beginning of this recording. I added the odd song
that was a favourite around our house and stuff that I just
heard and liked that seemed to fit. I heard “Medals Galore” (as
I call it) at the St. Patrick's concert in St. Mary's (where my wife
is from). Dad always like “McClory”. My Aunt Rose-Marie
always sings the “Port Royal Song” at family gatherings.
cousin Ger in Grand Falls gave me a tape of Wat Brien, that's
where “Free and Easy” came from. I wrote “Spyglass” in the
midst of making this recording after a conversation with my
father. That's how it came together. So it is very much a
collection of folk songs with personal connections. I'm sure
many people have similar ties to some of these songs. "
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