Ray Dolan

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Ray Dolan
Born Dublin, Ireland
Genres folk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, singer
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1960s – 1970s
Labels EMI
Associated acts James Connolly
Tír na nÓg
Anne Byrne

Ray Dolan was an Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist. He began his career in the early 1970 by playing folk clubs in Dublin with James Connolly as a duo, contributing to the success of the Universal Folk Centre at Parnell Square.[1] In 1973, they were involved in the five-member band Heir.[2] The two musicians also participated in the final Anne Byrne album Come by the Hills, published in 1974, and containing a cover of the Dolan's song "Constantly Changing".[3] He went solo that year,[1] and recorded an album on EMI label in 1975, Restless Night, but he remains mainly known for the Tír na nÓg version of his song "Hey Friend" from their eponymous album released by Chrysalis Records in 1971.[4] The Irish duo contributed to his solo album with Leo O'Kelly as producer, and among other guests like Philip King, future Scullion founder with Sonny Condell. The same year, he did a brief screen appearance in an episode of the BBC Two documentary series The Camera & The Song, dedicated to O'Kelly and Condell.




Guest appearances[edit]

  • Anne Byrne – Come by the Hills (1974)


  1. ^ a b Insert from Restless Night
  2. ^ www.irish-showbands.com: "Heir [Dublin] (1973 five piece – Tony Boland, James Connolly, Terry Hanlon, George Brady and Ray Dolan)"
  3. ^ Anne Byrne / Come By The Hills: GUITARS (...) Ray Dolan.
  4. ^ O'Regan, John, RTÉ broadcaster. Liner note to In the Morning album from Tír na nÓg (1999).