Farquahr

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Farquahr were mainstays on the Boston and New Haven folk scene in the 1960s and '70s; blending humor with music, they cut an album for Verve in 1968 as the Fabulous Farquahr, and shortened the name to Farquahr when they recorded their second and last album for Elektra in 1970. The group's deliberately silly stage names disguised the fact that three of the members of Farquahr were actually brothers -- Bobby McGowan aka Hummingbird Farquahr, Dennis McGowan aka Condor Farquahr and Frank McGowan aka Flamingo Farquahr, with Doug Lapham joining them as Barnswallow Farquahr -- and they also performed as a Celtic folk combo known as the McGowan Brothers. Unfortunately, Farquahr's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Farquahr were mainstays on the Boston and New Haven folk scene in the 1960s and '70s; blending humor with music, they cut an album for Verve in 1968 as the Fabulous Farquahr, and shortened the name to Farquahr when they recorded their second and last album for Elektra in 1970. The group's deliberately silly stage names disguised the fact that three of the members of Farquahr were actually brothers -- Bobby McGowan aka Hummingbird Farquahr, Dennis McGowan aka Condor Farquahr and Frank McGowan aka Flamingo Farquahr, with Doug Lapham joining them as Barnswallow Farquahr -- and they also performed as a Celtic folk combo known as the McGowan Brothers. Unfortunately, Farquahr's comic side often gets lost in the shuffle on this album, though "Dear John Deere" and "Holy Moses" display a keen wit. With Jerry Ragovoy producing the set, the polished arrangements often dotted with strings are prime examples of early-'70s folk-rock though "Dear John Deere" leans towards a ragtime flavor, with the quartet's harmonies and Lapham's songs clearly the main attraction here. While Farquahr's playful side is certainly visible, Lapham was an intelligent and perceptive lyricist when he had something to say, and the draft dodger's tale "Streets of Montreal" and the philosophical "My Island" are compelling stuff. Longtime fans looking for a reminder of Farquahr's days as the Clown Princes of New England Folk will have to wait for the Verve album to be reissued some day, but this set confirms that they were fine singers with a gifted songwriter in their ranks, and deserved wider recognition outside their home base.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140408326
  • Catalog Number: 4083
  • Sales rank: 96,929

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hanging on by a Thread (2:45)
  2. 2 My Island (3:30)
  3. 3 Peace in Mind (3:16)
  4. 4 Holy Moses (3:18)
  5. 5 Much Too Nice a Day (2:32)
  6. 6 Just for Kings (2:48)
  7. 7 Dear John Deere (3:04)
  8. 8 Babe in the Woods (2:52)
  9. 9 Start Living (2:42)
  10. 10 Moonrider (2:48)
  11. 11 Silver Spoons (2:37)
  12. 12 Streets of Montreal (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Farquahr Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Gary Chester Drums
Eric Weissberg Banjo
Barnswallow Farquahr Guitar, Vocals
Flamingo Farquahr Guitar, Vocals
Hummingbird Farquahr Guitar, Vocals
Joe Mack Bass
Jerry Ragovoy Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Condor Farquahr Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Farquahr Composer
Jon Child Engineer
Barnswallow Farquahr Composer
Keith Holzman Producer
Louis Mauro Contributor
Jerry Ragovoy Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
Edison Youngblood Engineer
Eddie Youngblood Engineer
Robert L. Heimall Art Direction
Charlie Callelo String Arrangements
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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    Ahh  The Farquahr the best Saloon Band to ever come out of New E

    Ahh  The Farquahr the best Saloon Band to ever come out of New England marvelously talented entertainers, with a prolific and talented song writer leading the group. This is a sample of some of there songs, however to really appreciate them you had to see them Live a fantastic display of creativity and vivacity never since duplicated. True entertainers with a flair for fun.

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