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Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:

GUEST,Martin Foster 01 May 09 - 11:02 AM
GUEST,DWR 01 May 09 - 11:35 AM
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Subject: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Martin Foster
Date: 01 May 09 - 11:02 AM

Hi,

There is a thread on here about the one and only, the great Irish ballad singer Bridie Gallagher. Bridie was a huge star in the 50s and 60s and she paved the way for all Irish singers to follow with her hits like "The girl from Donegal", "Goodbye Johnny dear" and the biggest hit of all "Boys from the Co Armagh".
However, does anybody out there remember any of Bridie's contemporaries like Eileen Donaghy, Ruby Murray, Teresa Duffy and Maisie McDaniel? Also Carmel Quinn, Anna McGoldrick, Delia Murphy, Sheelagh Warde, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Rose Brennan, Nita Norry and Margaret Barry?
Please come back and let me know.
Thanks.
Martin in Manchester
(Email mrtnfos@msn.com)


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 01 May 09 - 11:35 AM

I was a big Teresa Duffy fan, I even bought several of her albums. They haven't been played in years, though.

Delia Murphy is an underated GEM.

I think I also have a Ruby Murray album somewhere. Carmel Quinn and Anna McGoldrick I have heard of but not the rest of them. Of course, living in the middle of the US might have something to do with that!


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 May 09 - 11:43 AM

I saw Ruby Murray at the Theatre Royal in Brighton in a "Variety" show around 1981 or so - she was on the bill with old music hall stars like Lesley Sarony of "Pete The Piddling Pup" fame. Her big hit was "Softly, Softly".

Do you remember Dana?


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Emma B
Date: 01 May 09 - 12:00 PM

Ruby Murray toured theatres in the UK and I once, as a schoolgirl in the 1950s, was thrilled to share a train compartment with her.

This is the song I will always associate most with her


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Emma B
Date: 01 May 09 - 12:05 PM

and Margaret Barry singing one of my favourite songs in 1955 with her banjo accompaniment


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 01 May 09 - 01:34 PM

Fill Campbell did a series of documentaries for RTE some time ago featuring the life and songs of Delia Murphy, Margaret Barry, Mary O'Hara, Bridie Gallagher and Ruby Murray.

DVD here


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 01 May 09 - 01:38 PM

Wasn't Rose Brennan one of the resident singers with Joe Loss?


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: ard mhacha
Date: 01 May 09 - 02:35 PM

A lot of those singers were singing long before Bridie Gallagher, notably Delia Murphy who was singing long before some of those singers were born, also Ruby Murray whom I seen singing in the late 1940s at a concert,Teresa Duffy and of course Margaret Barry were on the scene before Bridie.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST
Date: 06 May 09 - 02:20 PM

Hi guys,

Thank you for the replies all of you. I often think it is a shame that there isnt a website for these great singers. The only one I know is www.rubymurray.org and Fil Campbell's songbirds website of the TV series.

ard mhacha yes you are right about Delia Murphy. She started her recording career in 1939 I think. One of my favourite tracks of hers is "The Bantry girls lament" but she had many great songs. The problem with Bridie is that she was discovered quite late on. I think she was about 35 at the time and was singing in a concert in Derry which resulted in her recording contract and big hit. But what must her voice have sounded like when she was 25?

Was it in the Ulster Hall you first saw Ruby in the late forties?

Best wishes.

Martin


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST
Date: 07 May 09 - 12:39 PM

Ruby Murray sang in concerts throughout the north in the late 40s and 50s, I heard her singing in a variety show in Lurgan town hall.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Louise
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 05:15 PM

In answer to Martin's last query the answer on Sheelagh Warde is very easy for me. Yes I remember her well and still am privileged to know her to this day. Sheelagh is my mum!

I first saw her on tv as a very small child when I was lifted out of bed to watch mummy sing in The Melody Lingers On series when she sang "Oh play to me gypsy"
I couldn't understand as I got older how I knew that the dress my mum wore on the tv was green since it was only black and white in those days.
I later figured it out. I knew the emerald dress from seeing it hanging with Mum's props on the wardrobe in her bedroom.
Mum sang all over Ireland and I believe in England too. She was pregnant with me when she went to North America to sing there.

Hope this adds to the stories!


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Tiger
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 05:52 PM

I remember Carmel Quinn from American radio and TV in those days.

I was not impressed.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 10:03 PM

Check out Anne Byrne on you tube. mg


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Alice
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 10:10 PM

Delia Murphy and Margaret Barry have been mentioned quite often in the last 10 years in Mudcat discussions. Do a forum search and you will find more threads.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Fiolar
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 08:48 AM

Martin: Type in "Irish Singers" in Google and when the list opens click on the first entry. It's packed with information.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Brakn
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 09:01 AM

My mother played piano for Ruby Murray in the late 40s when Ruby was in her early teens. They toured Ireland along Ruby's mother.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 12:27 PM

Hi Louise,

Lovely to hear from you on here. I have been trying to find out information on Sheelagh for ages but to no avail. Please could you email me and give me some more information on your mum as I am a huge fan of her singing. My addy is mrtnfos@msn.com

Thanks

Martin


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Anne-Marie
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 02:10 PM

Hello there,
thought you might be interested.
Teresa Duffy the irish singer is my aunt.
She is very well and living in London.
My Son is her Nephew David Pickett is in a folk band
called The Flowing from The Medway Towns in Kent.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 02:23 PM

Ottilie Patterson fits the bill very nicely. Born in Comber, Co. Down in 1932, she was knocking them dead as the singer with the Chris Barber Band for a large part of the 50s and 60s.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,keith sullivan
Date: 26 Jan 11 - 10:10 AM

dear sir/madam i have been for the last couple of years trying to find an album by Teresa duffy i dont think it has a title but i remember the cover i am sure it had the irish flag with a picture of teresa Also some of the songs were called "kevin Barry,We are the boys from wexford,Will my soul pass through old ireland they are the ones i can remember Is there anyway i can get this album on C.D thank you for your time yours keith sullivan


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 26 Jan 11 - 10:19 AM

Have you tried here?

http://www.musicstack.com/records-cds/teresa+duffy


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: JHW
Date: 26 Jan 11 - 04:06 PM

The Grehan Sisters. Francie, Bernie and the middle one I can't remember just now, might be Marie


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 11:12 PM

I am looking for any information on Teresa Muphy a Irsh singer in the 40 or 50 even 60 please can someone help me find any thing on her
from Brenda may.
Date 7 Mar 2011.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: framus
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 08:55 PM

Nobody got a good word to say about Jane Cassidy? Don't know if she ever recorded, but she had a,sadly unsuccessful, appearance on a National TV talent show a few years ago. VERY fine singer, but wasn't presented to her best advantage. Played in sessions with her hubby Maurice years ago.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: harmonic miner
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 05:32 AM

The singing styles and instrumentation can be hard to take for those acquainted with "modern" "folk" music. It's kind of morphed into that strange beast called "country 'n' irish". Margaret Barry was out on her own though...


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 06:08 AM

Can I be a tad mischevious here,(heh,heh) and suggest Clodagh Rodgers!? "Biljo" - a classic.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 07:23 AM

I remember many of those from growing up in Ireland and saw a few live. Other names worth mentioning, Daniel O'Donnells sister Margaret or was it Margo? Ann Breen takes some beating too, and Mary Duff has a fine Voice. My personal favourite is Mary Black


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jun 11 - 03:47 PM

It's nice to know that Teresa Duffy is still around. I have 3 of her LPs and I think she has a fantastic voice. I guess she will be about the same age as me. I bought her 'Songs of Freedom' when it first came out. Best wishes to her.

Rick Wilmot


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 10 Jun 11 - 08:34 PM

"girl" singers?? these are all women, surely? none under 18?


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Marje
Date: 11 Jun 11 - 05:28 AM

I have a book from the 1970s in which the writer describes Margaret Barry as "an old woman of 56".

Standing where I am now, that is a worrying description!



Marje


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Mary
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 08:19 PM

I have a Teresa Duffy album(vinyl) from 40 or so years ago. Ireland Songs of Freedom. What a voice! Are there any others available?


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 06:56 AM

hi does anyone know a male from 1950 to 1960 singing an irish song with a rocking chair in


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 07:12 AM

Can you remember any of the lines from the song, or even fragments of the words? Was he an Irish singer, or just a singer performing an Irish song?


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 04:52 PM

VAL DOONICAN, used to sing in a rocking chair.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 05:42 PM

Yeh, I thought of him too - but did he ever sing *about* a rocking chair?


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 08:07 PM

re Teresa Duffy.   Hello Annne Marie. I would be interested to know if Teresa married my good friend William CHESNEY. I know they were close friends in the 60's,but then we lost touch. My email is bighenners@yahoo.com.au


Would love to get in touch again,if you know his whereabouts.

Regards   Charlie Higgins Brisbane Australia


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Shaun
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 11:20 PM

By the way teresa duffy the irish singer is my aunt too.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 05:41 AM

No Names No Pack Drill , but a younger friend of mine 'Back Then' told me he wanted to learn some 'good' Irish songs so I invited him to listen to some old vinyl . When I played some Margaret Barry he asked " What language is she singing in?"


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Shaun
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 05:59 AM

Hi Anne-Marie
I just wonder if you were still in touch with teresa
Thanks
Shaun


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Sally Ann Mew nee Duffy
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 05:22 PM

Teresa Duffy was a cousin of my late father, William Duffy. I have fond memories of Teresa staying with us when she was performing in Glasgow, probably the early 1960's. I always thought she was so glamorous & used to watch in wonder as a 5 or 6 year old at her applying her make up for a concert. We still listen to her music now. Please give her our love.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Alo.F.
Date: 13 Oct 13 - 03:36 PM

Hi Anne-Marie,
Having lived in Bundoran in the mid fifties I knew Teresa's parents and
her brother Pat and recall how well Teresa could sing before she became
well known.She came to visit with my brother Brendan in the late sixties
or early seventies and she looked ever so good;that was when we lived in Yarton Oxon.I am happy to know that she is well and should love to get in touch.I came across a nice photo of her which is now on my f/b.
We have some of her records but I'm planning to get some of her cds.
My E/M is:foleyalo@yahoo.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Guest - Lin
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 02:52 AM

My favourite Irish female singer from the 1960's is Anne Byrne. I live in California and actually found one used LP by Anne Byrne in a record shop here many years ago but was lucky to find more when I visited London in the 1980's. There were some great record shops in London and I found more Anne Byrne albums then. Also another Irish singer I liked was Jane Cassidy and bought two of her Lps when I visited Dublin, Ireland in 1983.
I have listened to other Irish singers from the 1960's but Anne Byrne by far is my favourite.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 08:24 AM

In the sixties My dad had an album from an Irish Female singer, but I cant remember the title or her name. Songs on the album included: foggy dew, off to dublin in the green, old rustic bridge, bonnie boy is young but is growing, Nell Flaherty's drake,and others. I am in Australia. Anyone know that album and who the singer was?


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 10:04 AM

A few more female singers from the time when all the world was young:
Alma Carroll, Ann Keaveney, Maire Brennan & Enya,Geraldine Doyle, Adrienne & Lucy Johnston, Maeve Mulvany, Margaret O'Brien, Maxi Dick & Twink,Anna McGoldrick,Nita Norry, Christine & Dorothy Patterson, Suzanne Murphy.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: eftifino
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 10:47 AM

Geraldine Doyle ( Danny's sister) has had a great career in Australia. She has a great voice, and sings many comedic songs as well as the classic ones. I have a


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: eftifino
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 10:52 AM

.....Oops moment!    I have a CD that she produced with Danny called 'Emigrant Eyes". fabulous from both. Produced by Possumk records in 1993.


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: eddie1
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 11:59 AM

Song being sought about 2 years ago!
Was this it? Written by Bob Mills but sung by many.

Rockin' Alone In An Old Rockin' Chair


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: eddie1
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 12:04 PM

I've been trawling the net for any info on Eilidh Moore, sister of Christy. No reference anywhere, not even under "Family" on Christy's Wiki page. Eilidh was doing folk clubs and festivals in the UK in the 60s/70s. A great singer!

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 02:29 PM

it's Eilis (h?)- try that


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