John Griffin "The 25th Avenue Busman"

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According to Reg’s Hall notes for the Topic ‘Voice of People’ series:

”The 5th Avenue Busman’ as he was billed on his records, was from around Ballaghadereen in the west of Co. Roscommon. During the 1920s (at least) he worked as a driver for the 5th Avenue Bus Company in New York. He was recorded extensively by several record companies for the Irish-American market, and though he made some dance-music records, his forte was the comic song with song verses interspersed with choruses of lilting and flute playing. His home area was flute country and he has a characteristic breathy and pulsating style. His recording of ‘The Real Old Mountain Dew’ was issued in Britain soon after it was made and it sold very well in Ireland and among the Irish in Glasgow, London and Liverpool and other large towns with Irish populations.’

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Whoops, ‘Reg’s Hall’ sounds like one of the better-run borstals.

It should have been ‘Reg Hall’s’.

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Deadly,
Thanks for the link.

Re: John Griffin "The 25th Avenue Busman"

There’s a track of him singing, lilting and playing flute on the newly-released "Flute Players Of Roscommon Vol.2"CD. He may be mentioned in Grey Larsen’s "Essential" flute book - I’ll have a look.

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