Sunday, September 19, 2010

Margaret Barry

My Lagan Love

Margaret Barry was a real street singer in the Irish traveling tradition, she played on the streets and in markets and fairs and for impromptu house parties. Her powerful singing can be extremely expressive even while it's declamatory. Her primitive banjo playing never got in the way of her singing, which is the mainstay of her music. The story goes that she made her own strings out of bicycle break cables. [Anthony McCarthy]


OK, I just listened to this one and it is irresistible.

Aine Fitzgerald

The Chicago Reel" and "The Providence Reel