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Margaret Barry - I Sang Through The Fairs flac album Performer: Margaret Barry
Title: I Sang Through The Fairs
Style: Interview, Ballad, Vocal, Folk, Spoken Word
Released: 1998
MP3 album: 1592 mb
FLAC album: 1506 mb
Rating: 4.9
Other formats: WAV MP1 AC3 MP4 AHX WMA DTS
Genre: Folk / World music

Introspection Affection/Fondness Reflection. I Sang Through the Fairs - The Alan Lomax Portait Series. Part of the Alan Lomax Portrait Series, this volume is devoted to Irish street singer Margaret Barry, whom Lomax recorded in London, England in 1953. Her high, keening voice and percussive banjo work are featured here on 20 traditional Irish tunes, both vocal and instrumental, being augmented on some by her long time accompanist, fiddler Michael Gorman. Highlights include "Let Maguire Sit Down," "Breakdown," "Me Mother Is Dying," "Bally Jamesduff," two versions of "Her Mantle So Green" and the title track

I Sang Through the Fairs. 1917-1990 Margaret Barry is perhaps the best known and most prominent of the early generation of banjo-wielding "tinkers. Born in Cork into a family of travellers/street singers, she taught herself how to play the zither banjo and the fiddle at an early age. At the age of 16 she left on her own after a family row and started her career as a street singer. In the early 1950s she moved to London and joined forces with fiddler Michael Gorman.

Margaret Cleary Barry née Thompson. Profilo: Traditional Irish singer and banjo player, born 1917 in Cork; died 1989. Margaret Barry And Michael Gorman - Street Songs And Fiddle Tunes Of Ireland ‎(10", Album). Topic Records, Topic Records. I Sang Through The Fairs ‎(CD). Rounder 11661-1774-2.

The story of fearless balladeer Margaret Barry is told on stage in a gentle and poignant tribute, and Leveret bring the finest of traditional folk today. So I wonder what Barry would have made of She Moved Through the Fair, the low-key, eulogistic theatre piece co-written by veteran folk critic (and Guardian contributor) Colin Irwin and Irish singer Mary McPartlan. Possibly, she would have found it touching if a little tame. A third album is on the way, but catch Leveret live for full convivial immersion. Celtic Connections festival continues until 6 February. Box office: 0141-353 8000.

The keening voice and rattling banjo of Irish street singer Margaret Barry were mainstays of the traditional music scene in England and Ireland from the 1950s until her death in 1989. She was born in Cork, in 1917, into a family of Travelers and street musicians. Her grandfather had been a prize-winning uilleann piper, and Margaret taught herself to play banjo and fiddle. After her mother’s death, Margaret took off and began singing in the streets, at fairs, and at football matches, sociables, and private homes

Margaret Barry - She Moves Through the Fair. Margaret Barry - The Flower of Sweet Strabane. She Moved Through the Fair. Top Songs By Margaret Barry. 1. She Moved Through The Fair (Long Version). 124. 2. 92. 3. She Moves Through The Fair (Our Wedding Day).

Album · 1975 · 13 Songs. The Alan Lomax Collection: I Sang Through the Fairs. Songs From the Travellin' People. Queen of the Gypsies. Travellin' People from Ireland.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 My Lagan Love 4:24
2 The Factory Girl 2:53
3 Me Mother Is Dying
Interviewee – Margaret BarryInterviewer – Alan Lomax
4 The Galway Shawl (Oranmore) 3:40
5 Breakdown 1:46
6 Keening, Diddling, And Lullabies
Interviewee – Margaret BarryInterviewer – Alan Lomax
7 She Moved Through The Fair (Our Wedding Day)
Lyrics By – Paidric Colum*Music By – Herbert Hughes
8 I Sang Through The Fairs
Interviewee – Margaret BarryInterviewer – Alan Lomax
9 The Blarney Stone 2:38
10 Moses Ritoora-Li-Ay 2:40
11 Let Mr. Maguire Sit Down 1:45
12 The Bard Of Armagh
Music By – Herbert Hughes
13 Ballyjamesduff 3:27
14 Eileen McMahon / Green Grow The Rushes 3:16
15 Her Mantle So Green 3:55
16 Going To Mass Last Sunday
Vocals – Isla Cameron, Jean Ritchie, Jeannie Robertson
17 Lovin' Hannah
Vocals – Jean Ritchie
18 Gra Machree 4:04
19 The Flower Of Sweet Strabane 2:31
20 When You're Fond Of Music
Interviewee – Margaret BarryInterviewer – Alan Lomax
21 She Moved Through The Fair (Long Version)
Lyrics By – Paidric Colum*Music By – Herbert Hughes
22 And There's Music Coming Into My Head
Interviewee – Margaret BarryInterviewer – Alan Lomax
23 The Strayaway Child
Fiddle – Michael Gorman
24 Her Mantle So Green
Fiddle – Michael Gorman


  • Design, Art Direction – Luzzi Limited
  • Engineer [Disc Transfers] – Adrian Cosentini
  • Liner Notes, Compiled By – Matthew Barton
  • Mastered By – Phil Klum
  • Mastered By [Sound Restoration / Mastering Producer] – Steve Rosenthal
  • Photography By – George Pickow
  • Producer [Collection] – Anna L. Chairetakis, Jeffrey A. Greenberg
  • Recorded By, Producer – Alan Lomax
  • Recorded By, Producer, Photography – Peter Kennedy
  • Vocals, Banjo – Margaret Barry


Part of "The Alan Lomax Collection / The Portrait Series".
Issued with a 36pp booklet of notes, lyrics and photographs.
Recorded in 1953 by Alan Lomax in London; and in 1952 in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, by Peter Kennedy.
24 recorded live at The Bedford Arms.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 11661-1774-2 0