Her Mantle So Green

By Margaret Barry And Michael Gorman

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This recording is great!

A friend gave me this CD as he knows I like unusual singers. I love this CD, the playing and the songs are authentic and the interview is fascinating. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in true old-style singing.

What little I’ve heard of these two on samplers has been marvellous. Haunting, daunting are words I’d use of Margaret Barry’s singing; her mid-c20 female peers in other countries and styles might include Edith Piaf and the Greek Rebetika singer Sotiria Bellou. One could argue she was the greatest Irish traditional singer ever to be recorded.

Her Mantle So Green

I think Track 12, which is a guest solo by Martin Byrnes on fiddle, finishes with St. Ruth’s Bush, not the Corner House, as listed on the album.

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Released by Topic in 1994, this consists of tracks recorded by Ewan MacColl and Bill Leader in the years 1955 to 1957.

Margaret Barry - vocals and/or banjo (all except tracks 3, 5, 9 and 12)
Michael Gorman - fiddle (tracks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 15)
Willie Clancy - uilleann pipes (5).
Paddy Breen - flageolet (7)
Tommy Maguire - button accordion (7 and 15)
Patsy Goulding - piano (7)
Martin Byrnes - fiddle (12)

An excellent album.

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The CD version came out in 1994. The LP vinyl version was released in 1965.

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Yep, I should have spelled that out, Kenny, and mentioned that tracks 5,9, and 12 had not been previously issued before the 1994 CD release.

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