'BEST OF GAY AND TERRY WOODS' RELEASED AT LAST !
Lake Songs From Red Waters : The Best of Gay and Terry Woods has finally been released by Hux Records. The album is the culmination of over a year of effort by the label to extract the tracks from the licence holders Polygram who issued them originally on Polydor back in the 1970's.This big twenty track compilation features the very best cuts from the first three albums - 'Backwoods', 'The Time Is Right' and 'Renowned' as selected by John O'Regan, the Irish journalist and writer in conjunction with the duo themselves. John, a lifetime fan of Gay and Terry's music, has also added some very extensive and incisive sleeve notes and the CD is illustrated by the photographs of an old friend of the couple. The cover image portrays the two walking by the 'red river' of the title.
The release of the disc is a major step for the pioneering folk/rock duo, not least because it covers the early part of their career that has not been available anywhere on CD before. The remastering of these classic tracks leaves them "naked and raw" according to Gay Woods herself and listening to the album should be a whole new experience to those used to the lower grade vinyl records originally released. Both artists are thrilled with the reissue - Terry Woods (now back on the road again with the original Woods Band line-up) admitted he had personally tried to make the catalogue available but unsuccessfully." Since these recordings were made, much has changed and I've been suprised at how well the tunes still sound. Hux have done a very good job with the mastering". The fact that both artists had a big input into the release and that a high profile writer and fan like John O'Regan was prepared to give the project his support shows how well the collection has been handled. Hux, as they did previously with Gay's Auto Da Fe reissue, have taken infinate time and care both with the recordings themselves (in selection and remastering) and the packaging. This is a long-awaited compilation and no one will be disappointed.june2003
To celebrate the arrival of the album, we have put together three pages about it with comment from John O'Regan and Gay herself.
Check out the tracklisting and buy CD online
Read Gay's memories of the times
Read John O'Regan's memories of Gay and Terry
NEW BBC DOCUMENTARY
The BBC is working on a new three part TV documentary on the history of English and Irish folk music. The series will feature contemporary interviews with the major players on the scene,past and present. Gay has recorded an interview for it and we are just waiting for news of transmission dates.
June 2005 updated August 2005
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With Gay less active in the music industry than previously there are correspondingly less stories to report. However, it is hope that this site will increase in size as a resource celebrating her great career. We are therefore constantly on the look-out for your old pictures, record sleeves, memories etc from any of the bands she has been in. Please keep sending them in. Gay personally checks the guestbook as well so please feel free to leave your messages for her there.
PHIL LYNOTT STATUE UNVEILED
After many years of fundraising and campaigning by his fans, the statue of Phil Lynott, frontman with Thin Lizzy, was unveiled in Dublin on 19th August. Gay Woods was invited to the ceremony and joined a large crowd and other special guests including his former band members and Philomena on Grafton Street in Dublin. In addition a huge number of fans followed the event via the Roisin Dubh website - so many in fact that the website became unavailable for a long time afterwards due to the huge amount of traffic on its server. Gay, who worked with Phil during her time with Auto Da Fe, commented to this site -
"The statue is to remind us of the existence of the life of Phil Lynott, God be good to him, a fantastic person fondly remembered - never could be forgotten. I knew him when he was so young and when I was young too, (about nineteen years of age) and then later on when we worked together on the ADF songs. We did have great times recording those songs, such laughs and a very interesting cross over of indeas and styles. He taught me a lot and helped me pursue areas of singing I had not been familiar with up until I sang with him behind the same microphone. so love you Phil and how on Earth could your life ever be forgotten. In Dublin there is a rock night to rock us up to waking/shaking point to remember his life and songs. All the best, I'll be there, thanks". Gay Woods.
HAMBURG SITE FOLDS
The German Steeleye/Folk site that gave comprehensive breakdown of individual band members work including Gay's back catalogue, has been removed from the net for the owners own 'personal' reasons. Reinhard Zierke's site was highly regarded and used by many other editors as a standard reference point for clarifying release dates and artwork.This leaves a hole in our discography details for the Gay/Terry period so any contributions will be much appreciated !