Little need by said about this second album from Jimmy and his friends:it is as lively, refreshing and
fruity as a bottle of Beaujolais Primeur—one of the most highly reccommended albums of the year.
" Tomás Mac Ruaidhrí, Irish Press
Well, it’s real Cork!
" Fo’c’s’le,Folk Music Magazine of Western Australia
Camphouse Ballads takes its name from an old camphouse near the Irish army base at
Kilworth outside Fermoy in the county Cork .It has, what Crowley calls, ’a great smell of the fifties’
about it. Like its predecessor, the album contains a share of songs hankering after the old days.
It has a strong Cork flavour including the mysterous Con Shine.It is spiced with Northern and
even American traditional songs.Stokers Lodge on the record consist of Chris Twomey on
autoharp and concertina, Eoghan Ó Riabhaigh on pipes and whistles, Johnny Murphy on harmonium
and guitar and Mick Murphy on mandolin,guitar and vocals.
" Brian O’ Connor, the Irish Press
This album marks a change from its predecessor in that it is much more of a group effort and
all the more succesful for that .Stokers are a damn fine band and its gratifying to hear them work
to great effect on this massive album which I hope sells in vast quantities.
" Oliver P. Sweeney, Hot Press
The track that must haunt Jimmy still was an almost throw-away music-hall song he picked up
from John O’ Shea (The Singing Fireman) in Cork, Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down,Con Shine?
A journeyman on the showband circuit, Brendan Shine, picked up on the number and had a huge hit single with it.
" Colin Irwin, Folk Roots, June 1986