The Housekeepers

By Doireann Glackin & Sarah Flynn

  1. Spike Island Lasses
    Pride Of Rathmore
  2. Nora’s Fancy
    John Dwyer’s
  3. The Ace And Deuce Of Piping
  4. Farewell To Éireann
    Man Of The House
  5. Paddy Lyons’
    Mollie Myers’
  6. Pigot McGee’s
    The Leac Rua
  7. Sonny’s Delight
    The Star Of Munster
  8. The Housekeepers
    Brian O’Lynn
    Allistrum’s March
  9. Mrs Galvin’s
    Grace’s Favourite
  10. The Butcher’s March
  11. Toss The Feathers
    Jenny Picking Cockles
    Drowsy Maggie
  12. Behind The Ditch In Parkanna
  13. Rolling In The Ryegrass
    Aggie Whyte’s

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Re: The Housekeepers

Doireann Glackin (fiddle) and Sarah Flynn (concertina) with John Francis Flynn (guitar). Nice relaxed pace, just simple, wonderful pure drop. Available here:

https://thehousekeepers.bandcamp.com/album/the-housekeepers

Excerpt from the ‘about’ info:

This album shines a light on the music and lives of five remarkable early 20th Century Irish Traditional Musicians: Ella Mae O’Dwyer, Nora Hurley, Aggie Whyte, Ellen Galvin and Mollie Myers Murphy.

With the exception of a small number who recorded commercially, female musicians of previous generations tend to be remembered as peripheral figures in the tradition. This isn’t a true reflection of their musicality, instrumental proficiency, or the esteem in which their contemporaries held them.

In the course of this project, we delved into the lives of these women and discovered how they occupied a place at the heart of traditional music communities. Some played in dance halls, at house parties and community events whilst others were céilí band leaders, educators and composers.

As a result of family commitments and the social norms of the day, their music-making was largely confined to the home, a state of affairs which goes some way towards explaining why many never got the recognition they deserved. We want to acknowledge this under-representation and our album strives to preserve their artistic legacy for generations to come.