The Bothy Band - Ireland's finest traditional folk ensemble - rip it up in 1977. (SLYT) The Bothy Band may well be the finest Irish traditional folk band you never heard of (some history from Folk World). Releasing three albums between 1975 and 1979 (The Bothy Band, Old Hag You Have Killed Me, Out of the Wind Into the Sun), their mix of technical virtuousity and attack was highly influential. Previously mentioned here, but never YT'd here, until now. "Genius and Joy," says one of the YouTube commenters, and you can't argue with that.