Mulligan Records was started by Donal Lunny in 1976 and was one of the most
important Irish independent labels. MD was Seamus O'Neill, the father of Blue In
Heaven's Shane O'Neill.
Most of the label's output is traditional or contemporary folk, but it also released a number of new wave singles during the late 70s and early 80s. Mulligan was inactive after 1982 until a flurry of releases in the early 90s (and a website www.mulligan.ie).
In a letter enclosed with a promo copy of LUN 053 (Jimmy MacCarthy's Song of the Singing Horseman) in 1991, the author states the album "...is the last Mulligan album to be released on vinyl. Regrettably, there is no longer a sufficient market for vinyl to warrant the origination costs for this format." The remaining titles were CD (or cassette) only. I have not explicity listed cassettes but Mulligan did issue them.
The 'Sráth' series [LUNA 000] consists of field recordings of unaccompanied singing collected by Diane Hamilton for the most part.
The retail shop in Galway continued to operate well into the 1990s but the vinyl archives had long been cleaned out by then. None of these releases are available on vinyl anymore. The Mulligan catalogue is currently owned by a US label.
The Mulligan label is crying out for a high quality reissue program.
Singles (LUNS Series) All 7" singles unless otherwise stated. LUNS 1 Nightbus - Face Down in the Meadow / Sweet Tastin' Moonshine  LUNS 2 Pumpkinhead - Are You Ready For The Country / Castle Kelly  LUNS 3 Nightbus - Sing Harmony / I'm Comin' Home  LUNS 4 Pumpkinhead - Pretend It Never Happened / Cowboy Waltz  LUNS 5 Sonny Condell - Skiddy Who / Sail On  LUNS 6 Bothy Band - Fionnghuala Music in the Glen / The Ballintore Fancy  LUNS 7 Stepaside - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl / Deep Feeling [April 1977] copies were also givenaway with some copies of Deke O'Brien's Nightbus LP. LUNS 7* LUNS 007 was originally allocated to a single by Andy Irvine & Paul Brady - Arthur McBride / Autumn Gold - in 1976-77. A 33rpm white label test pressing exists. Thanks to the Failed Bohemian for bringing this rarity to our attention. LUNS 8 Andy Irvine & Paul Brady - A Merry Christmas / A Merry Christmas  LUNS 9 Sonny Condell - Down in the City / Roll On Forever  LUNS 10 unreleased Stepaside single LUNS 11 The Boomtown Rats - Looking After Number One // Born To Burn / Barefootin' [12"] [August 1977] (PS) LUNS712 The Boomtown Rats - Mary of the Fourth Form / Do The Rat  LUNS713 Gay & Terry Woods - I've A Lady / The Reward  LUNS714 Gay & Terry Woods - We Can Work This One Out / Piece of Summer  LUNS715 The Boomtown Rats - She's So Modern / Lyin' Again  (PS) LUNS716 The Boomtown Rats - Like Clockwork / D.U.N.L.A.O.I.R.E.  LUNS717 The Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap / So Strange  LUNS718 The Vipers - I've Got You / No Such Thing  (PS) LUNS719 Bothy Band - Death of Queen Jane (live) / Slides (live)  LUNS720 Agnes Bernelle - Kitty Rickets [with The Radiators] / Things  (PS) LUNS721 Jimmy Crowley - Do You Want Your Old Lobby / The Meek Was At Mither  LUNS722 The Radiators - Let's Talk About The Weather // The Hucklebuck / Try And Stop Me  (PS) LUNS723 Girlschool [UK] - Take It All Away / It Could Be Better [red vinyl]  LUNS724 Barry Moore - Danny Boy / Girl  (PS) LUNS725 Michael O'Domhnaill & Kevin Burke - Lord Franklin / Jigs (The Reverend's Brother / Sean Ryan's)  (PS) LUNS726 The Atrix - The Moon Is Puce / Wendy's In Amsterdam  (PS) LUNS727 The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays / It's All A Rage  LUNS728 Spud - Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies / Darbys Chair  (PS) LUNS729 Bothy Band - Casadh an Tsugain  LUNS730 Jimmy Crowley - I Know My Love  LUNS731 Don Baker - Inner City / The One You Wrote Yourself  (PS) LUNS732 The Radiators - Kitty Rickets / Ballad of the Faithful Departed  LUNS733 The Boomtown Rats - Diamond Smiles / Late Last Night  LUNS734 Hot Press & The Silent Knights - The Gobbling Sone // Born To Roast +1  (PS) LUNS735 Tony Koklin - Cinderella / Living with the Times  (PS) LUNS736 The Boomtown Rats - Someone's Looking At You / When The Night Comes  LUNS737 Scullion - John the Baptist / Peelo  LUNS738 Scullion - The Cat She Went A Hunting / Flight of the Pretenders  LUNS739 Jimmy Crowley - Ain't Every Chap Doin' It But You / Johnny Jump Up  (PS) postcard LUNS740 Soul Survivors - Move On / Done Stayin' Around  (PS) LUNS741 The Radiators - Stranger Than Fiction // Paddy Guitar / Who Are the Strangers  (PS) LUNS742 The Radiators - The Dancing Years // Enemies / Sunday World / Electric Shares  (PS) LUNS743 LUNS744 New Versions - Like Gordon of Khartoum / What Do You Want  (PS) LUNS745 The Fuze - Stone Age Man / Zealano  LUNS746 LUNS747 The Boomtown Rats - Banana Republic / Man At The Top  LUNS748 Jimmy MacCarthy - Miles of Eyes / Shuffle of the Buckled  (PS) LUNS749 Jimmy Crowley - If I Didn't Have A Dime / The Breathalyser  LUNS750 Freddie White - Tenderness on the Block / Ol' Buttermilk Sky  LUNS751 Jimmy MacCarthy - Like in the Movies / Cherry Blossom Blue  LUNS752 Jimmy Crowley - The Fox And The Hare / Postcards  LUNS753 Sonny Condell - The Fruit Smelling Shop / Down In The City  (PS) LUNS754 LUNS755 Jimmy Crowley and The Electric Band - The Boys from Fairhill / So Scared  LUNS756 Freddie White - Just Another Town / She's Got Aces  LUNS757 Jimmy Crowley - Salonika / Reels  LUNSCD911 Jimmy MacCarthy – Mystic Lipstick / On My Enchanted Sight / A Hard Man To Follow CDS  Albums (LUN series): LUN 001 Pumpkinhead  LUN 002 The Bothy Band - s/t  LUN 003 Deke O'Brien - Nightbus  some copies included a free copy of LUNS 007. LUN 004 Matt Molloy - s/t  LUN 005 Mick Hanly – A Kiss In The Morning Early  LUN 006 Liam Weldon – Dark Horse on the Wind  LUN 007 The Bothy Band – Old Hag You Have Killed Me  LUN 008 Andy Irvine & Paul Brady - s/t  LUN 009 Supply Demand & Curve - s/t  LUN 010 Sonny Condell – Camouflage  LUN 011 Midnight Well - s/t  LUN 012 The Boomtown Rats - s/t  LUN 013 The Bothy Band – Out of the Wind, Into the Sun  LUN 014 Jimmy Crowley – The Boys of Fair Hill LUN 015 The Woods Band - s/t (orig:1971)  LUN 016 LUN 017 Matt Molloy, Paul Brady & Tommy Peoples - s/t  LUN 018 Bobby Casey – Taking Flight  LUN 019 Denis Doody – Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music  LUN 020 Gay & Terry Woods – Tender Hooks LUN 021 Kevin Burke – If the Cap Fits  LUN 022 Barry Moore – Treaty Stone  LUN 023 Various – The Pipers Rock  LUN 024 Paul Brady – Welcome Here Kind Stranger  LUN 025 Frank Harte – And Listen to My Song  stickered copies of unsold Ram Records release (RMLP 1013) from 1974-75. LUN 026 The Boomtown Rats - A Tonic for the Troops  LUN 027 Máirtín O'Connor – The Connaughtman's Rambles  [Irish melodeon player, with Donal Lunny] LUN 028 Kevin Burke & Micheál Ó Domhnaill – Promenade  LUN 029 Alison Kinnaird - The Harp Key  licensed from Shillinghill Records (Scotland), housed in a stickered Shillinghill sleeve LUN 030 The Bothy Band – After Hours: Live in Paris  LUN 031 Jimmy Crowley – Camp House Ballads  LUN 032 Freddie White – Live Tour 1978  LUN 033 Reel Union with Dolores Keane & John Faulkner – Broken-Hearted I'll Wander  LUN 034 Jim Donoghue - s/t  *unreleased* (source: P.J.Curtis) LUN 035 Fred Finn - s/t  *unreleased* test pressings exist (source: P.J.Curtis) LUN 036 The Radiators - Ghostown  LUN 037 Scullion - s/t  LUN 038 The Boomtown Rats - The Fine Art Of Surfacing  LUN 039 Jackie Daly & Kevin Burke – Eavesdropper  LUN 040 Mick Hanly – As I Went Over Blackwater  LUN 041 The Bothy Band – The Best of ... LUN 042 Various – Irish Festival LUN 043 Dolores Keane, John Faulkner & Éamonn Curran – Farewell to Éirinn  LUN 044 Freddie White – Do You Do  LUN 045 Jimmy Crowley – Some Things Never Change  LUN 046 Kathleen Behan – When All the World Was Young  LUN 047 Matt Cranitch/Dave Hennessy/Mick Daly - Any Old Time  LUN 048 LUN 049 LUN 050 Vinnie Kilduff – The Boys from the Blue Hill LUN 051 Gerry O'Connor – Time to Time  also on CD LUN 052 Tommy Keane – The Piper's Apron  LUN 053 Jimmy MacCarthy – Song of the Singing Horseman  LUN 054 LUN 055 Tommy Hayes – An Rás  LUN 056 Brendan O'Regan – A Wind of Change  LUN 057 Fisherstreet LUN 058 The Texas Kellys – Stay All Night LUN 059 Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O'Sullivan – Scéal Eile LUN 060 Seán Smyth – The Blue Fiddle ??? LUN 053 Jimmy MacCarthy – Mystic Lipstick / On My Enchanted Sight / Hard Man to Follow CDS  LUNA 001 Various – Songs from Ulster  LUNA 332 Virginia Stevens - Tiocfaidh an Samhradh  [originally planned as LUN 016 ??] LUNA 333 Sinéad Caher – The Flower of Magherally  LUNA 334 Paddy Tunney – Lough Erne Shore  LUNA 335 LUNA 336 David Hammond – The Singer's House  See also Harp HPE 607. Thanks to Alistair Banfield & John Byrne for their help.