Evening Echo, Ireland, Monday, November 6, 1967
The Mexican market place was a blaze with colour. Gabbled voices rang out their messages of sale. Bright eyed children scampered among the stalls, oblivious to the admonitions of the street merchants. It was like another day in Acapulco.
Then the sound of music killed the backround bedlam. The Mexicans stopped and stared - at first glance of an Irish folk group. The Wolfe Tones had flown into Acapulco from Santa Maria, California where they were appearing for three nights in their nation-wide North American tour. They felt like singing in the streets, Derek Warfield said afterwards "because it was such a happy place". And how the Mexicans loved the songs from Ireland - "Black Velvet Band", "Muirsheen Durkin", "The Man form Mullingar", "Dicey Reilly", "The Merry Ploughboy".
They ringed the Tones and danced and clapped delightedly to every number. It was a great triumph for the four man group - and what appeared to be just a bit of Mexican madness could lead to hefty pay packets for the Dublin balladeers next year.
Night Club Appearance
A club owner in Acapulco was in the market place and heard the music. He later asked the boys to appear in his night-spot; they did, were enthusiastically received and will be going back there for two weeks next March. The Wolfe Tones have returned home from the U.S. And were quickly into their stride on the home circuit. In the three weeks since they've been back they have attracted over 4,000 at ballad sessions throughout the country.
New Single and L.P.
There will be a new record for Christmas, a third L.P. for the New Year and a bill-topping performance at the annual Saint Patrick's Day concert in Carnegie Hall, New York. It was said recently that the logical follow-up group to the Dubliners on an international scale would be the Wolfe Tones. That could be sooner than anyone expected.
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