Flanagan Brothers

Flanagan Brothers

As many will know the above was an Irish group operating in East Coast USA in 1920s and 1930. They were very popular and sold a lot of records. I’m reading up on them and would like to learn a few tunes, that they would have been well known for ( in particular any barn dances). Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.

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What is the date of the interview mentioned above? Does anybody know? Mike Flanagan mentions "just playing for the Governor of NY," Cuomo, who was Governor from 1983-1994. So probably early 80s….?

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It isn’t a barn dance, but their recording of "Paddy In London" (ie "A Mug of Brown Ale,"The Claire Jig") is a CHOICE cut and sadly not on YouTube- it’s on Spotify if you’ve got access to that.

"Paddy In London"
https://thesession.org/tunes/888

Not really a tune as such, but they popularized this before DeDannan’s worthy cover:
https://youtu.be/514I0lSGqls


If anyone knows where to find their version of "The Bucks" I’d be intrigued to hear it!

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Our band back in the 1980s played a very nice, and strange, reel that our accordionist learned off a Flanagan Brothers recording. I don’t remember the name, it could have been Ryan’s Dream. The Flanagan Brothers did record that but I can’t find it anywhere online to listen to it, and the printed versions here on The Session are rather different from the version I recall.

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As part of his Fiddle Tune a Day, 2019, Fergal Scahill and his brother Enda just featured a jig recorded by the Flanagan Brothers, “Erin go Bragh”, with Enda playing Mike Flanagan’s banjo on the tune. From Fergal’s post a couple of days ago while in Albany, NY:

Day 81: "Erin Go Bragh"
Today I’m joined by my brother Enda and he’s playing the banjo that belonged to Mike Flanagan of the Flanagan Brothers. It was a huge honour and pleasure to meet all of Mike’s family here in Albany, New York tonight.

https://www.facebook.com/FergalScahillMusic/videos/1201311176712985/

For those of you who don’t know the Flanagan Brothers here’s a brilliant article by Mick Maloney detailing their life.https://wardirishmusicarchives.com/WIMA-Blog/the-story-of-the-magnificent-flanagan-brothers.htm?fbclid=IwAR255G4V9twi9UWoxDPRojuRGF0xZjh02ER0WZzRxTRrKEYkOhsyLMBWIAk