Irish Music In London Pubs
I hadn’t known about the existence of this record until it came up on eBay a few months back. It features live performances by Margaret Barry, Michael Gorman, Seamus Ennis and Joe Heaney, among others. I’ll post "who plays what" later.
There’s another track, making 17 in all :
17 - "Colonel Rodney / The Tempest" - played by Michael Gorman, with "unfortunate" banjo accompaniment by Margaret Barry.
I always had the impression Ennis played a tune and then immediately cleared off to avoid the racket. On the plus side though, the original had a photograph by Henri Cartier Bresson on the cover, possibly the only Irish music album to do so.
I got my own copy out which is the Folkways edition (not the one with the Cartier Bresson pic on the cover but a drawing of a bunch of shamrocks growing in front of a Union Jack) from 1965. it lists the second tune as Rakish Paddy (it is the Collier’s) and the third tune as ‘Tralee Jane’.
The record I have has a cover with a photo looking onto a pub table from directly above, showing a fiddle and bow, a few pint and half-pint glasses, a few beer bottles and a rather busy ashtray. Would not be looked on favourably by the marketing men in the year 2011, methinks.
The sleeve notes on the back say that the record was " licensed from Moses Asch, Folkways Records, USA" and "Cover by Brian Shuel".
Players are :
Michael Gorman [ fiddle ]
Margaret Barry [ vocals & 5-string banjo ]
Seamus Ennis [ uilleann pipes ]
Tommy McGuire [ melodeon ]
Paddy Breen [ flageolet ]
Pat Howley [ flute ]
Joe Heaney [ vocals ]
using initials, the players on each track are as follows :
1 - MB - MG
2 - MG - SE - MB - TM
3 - MG - MB - PB - PH
4 - JH
5 - SE
6 - MG - MB - TM
7 - MB - MG
8 - MG - MB - PH - TM
9 - JH
10 - MG - MB - TM
11 - MG - MB - TM
12 - MG - MB - PB
13 - JH
14 - MG - MB - TM
15 - MG - MB - PH - TM
16 - MB - MG
17 - no details, but certainly MG & MB
The recordings were made at "The Bedford Arms" in Arlington Road, and also "The King’s Arms" in Kentish Town, using "equipment provided by Ewan MacColl". The date on the LP I have is 1969.
Record number is "Transatlantic XTRA 1090".
In listing the tracks here, I corrected the 2 titles mentioned by "The Prof" above.
And good that you did, I remember a few instances of groups who recorded ‘Tralee Jane’ during the eighties.
Folkways had a few of those miss-hearings that made it onto the covers. Willie Clancy playing the ‘Shakescone’ reel for example.
I’ve noted the mistake in the comments.
The original Shakescone appeared on one of the Folkways albums that was recorded at a Fleadh in Ballyheige, Co Kerry. Apparently, to go by your link, it’s another mistake that was subsequently used on other albums.
It easy to laugh at but if you’re not aware of the proper name it can be tricky catching it sometimes. We’re all aware, I assume, of the ‘Culfadda’ = ‘Cruel Father’ one that is alive and well all over the internet. Or the migration from ‘Tuttle’s’ to ‘The Turtle’
Re: Irish Music In London Pubs
This album was also issued by XTRA, Transatlantic’s cheapo label, in 1969 and has one of the worst covers I’ve ever seen - https://www.discogs.com/Margaret-Barry-Michael-Gorman-Seamus-Ennis-Joe-Heaney-Irish-Music-in-London-Pubs/release/12885131.
I have a 1990 cassette version, released by Cló-Iar Chonnachta (though, oddly, it also bears a GTD catalogue number). If anything, the cover’s even worse, as it features a rather primitivist painting of a pig playing the bagpipes. Who on earth thought that was appropriate?