The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25557   Message #1549263
Posted By: GUEST,DB
25-Aug-05 - 07:31 AM
Thread Name: My Lagan Love
Subject: RE: My Lagan Love
Surely, the most extraordinary version of this song is from the amazing Irish traditional singer, Margaret Barry. In the recordings of 'Lagan Love', made in the 1950's, she accompanies herself on the tenor banjo; I know of no other performance like it.
Apparently, Maggie Barry was a Traveller and street-singer from Cork who came to the attention of such luminaries as Sean O'Boyle, Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy in the early 50's. She became quite well known on the festival and folk club circuits of the 50s and 60s often in the company of the fiddle player, Michael Gorman. It is to my great regret that I never got to hear her live.

There are (at least) two CDs available:

'I Sang Through The Fairs', The Alan Lomax Collection, Rounder 11661-1774-2, 1998

'Her Mantle So Green', Margaret Barry & Michael Gorman, Topic TSCD474, 1994

Both have 'Lagan Love' on their list of tracks and both are highly recommended.