Maggie Boyle

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Maggie Boyle (24 December 1956 – 6 November 2014) was an English, London-born folk singer, who also played flute, whistle and bodhrán.[1]

As a youngster she joined the Fulham branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Later she became an events organiser. She was a member of John Renbourn's group "Ship of Fools" (1988), which released one album on the "Run River" label, owned and operated by her then husband and fellow group member Steve Tilston.

Christopher Bruce's ballet "Sergeant Early's Dream" was made in 1984. Six musicians performed English Irish and American folk songs at the back of the stage, while a dancer interprets them at the front. The 1994 CD version had the group Incantation plus the "Sergeant Early Band", including Maggie Boyle and Steve Tilston.[2]

She also performed most of the music used in the movie Patriot Games, based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. She is mother to Joe Tilston, guitarist of the band Random Hand. Much of the Boyle family continue to make music today, including Ms Boyle's brother Kevin, who released his second CD since Bon Cabbage, to which Maggie contributed, in the summer of 2009. Kevin Boyle also continues to tour and record with his band, Le Cheile.[3]

In 2012, Boyle began a website-based travelogue-style project to capture performances and collaborations with various folk songwriters she admired. Entitled Kitchen Songs, it includes performances and duets with Ralph McTell, Jez Lowe, Pete Coe and Steve Tilston - all recorded in their respective kitchens when she visited their homes.[4] Also in 2012, Boyle released a solo album, Won't You Come Away, on Wild Goose Records.[5] with Paul Downes on guitar, mandocello and mandolin and Jon Boden on fiddle.

Maggie Boyle died from cancer on 6 November 2014.[6][1]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Reaching Out (1987)
  • Gweebarra (1998)
  • Won't You Come Away (2012)

Duck Baker, Maggie Boyle and Ben Paley[edit]

  • The Expatriate Game (2005)

Grace Notes (including Maggie Boyle)[edit]

  • Down Falls the Day (1993)
  • Red Wine and Promises (1998)
  • Anchored to the Time (2001)
  • Northern Tide (2008)
  • 20 (2012)

John Renbourn's Ship of Fools (including Maggie Boyle)[edit]

  • Ship of Fools (1988)

Incantation (with Maggie Boyle)[edit]

  • Sergeant Early's Dream/Ghost Dance (1994)


  • Patriot Games (1992)
  • Legends of the Fall (1994)

Albums – with Steve Tilston[edit]

  • Silently the Snow Falls (1988)
  • Swans at Coole (1990)
  • Of Moor and Mesa (1992)
  • All Under the Sun (1996)
  • And So It Goes (1996)

Other albums[edit]

  • When the Circus Comes to Town (with Bert Jansch) (1995)
  • Between our Hearts (with John McCormick) (1998)
  • A Festival of Folk (Various Artists)
  • A Distance from the Town (with Gordon Tyrrall) (1998)
  • Michael is Leaving Las Vegas (with John Drury) (1998)
  • Trawlertown (with John Conolly Pete Summer) (1998)
  • Wake the Vaulted Echoes (with Peter Bellamy) (1999)
  • At Long Last (with Mike Deavin)
  • The Surprise (with Pauline Cato and Tom McConville) (1999)
  • Bon Cabbage (The Movies CB) (1999)
  • The Furrowed Field (with Damien Barber) (2000)
  • Soldiers Three (with Peter Bellamy) (1990)


  1. ^ a b Derek Schofield (10 November 2014). "Maggie Boyle obituary". the Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Incantation". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kev Boyle". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to Maggie Boyle's Kitchen Songs Project - traditional singing and contemporary songwriters". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to WildGoose Records". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Obit: Maggie Boyle R.I.P.". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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