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Thomas Stern 2020 Obit: Mary McPartlan (5) RE: 2020 Obit: Mary McPartlan 06 Apr 20


Below about her part in tribute to Margaret Barry = not sure
if this is clipped from Celtic Connections ????

Margaret Barry: wild Irish woman of the British folk scene

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. From one corner of the stage Irwin reads out her life story in a demure, fond, beautifully researched and endearingly un-thespian delivery. Actor Ruby Campbell gives a spry performance as Barry and other bit parts, while John Wheeler is more laboured as the men who crossed her path: Alan Lomax, who “discovered” her; David Attenborough, who put her on telly; Cliff Michelmore, who interviewed her there. A four-piece band underpins it all nicely: McPartlan can’t summon Barry’s raw power but brings simple poignancy to songs including Goodnight Irene, Loving Hannah and Freeborn Man. A musical highlight is John Carty, a fiddler of unfussy grace and immense style.

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