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Thread #80805   Message #1477515
Posted By: Snuffy
03-May-05 - 08:51 PM
Thread Name: Grehan Sisters Recordings
Subject: RE: Grehan Sisters Recordings

The LP is entitled On The Galtymore Mountains on Transatlantic TRA 160. Recorded by Nathan Joseph and Bill Leader 1967.

There is a dedication: We dedicate this LP with thanks to Jeff and Des; and,since, to the memory of Jeff.

As well as notes on the individual songs the sleeve notes also have this to say about the sisters:
The Grehan Sisters, Marie, Francie and Bernie come from Boyle in County Roscommon. Marie is 23 years old, Francie 22 and Bernie 18. Their parents own a pub 'Grehans Bar' in Boyle and the sisters started their folk singing career by entertaining the customers in the bar. Francie is the main instrumentalist and what an instrumentalist! At the age of 15 she came second in the miscellaneous instruments section of the All Ireland Fleadh, beaten by the winner by one mark and after that she was placed first or second in four other All Ireland Fleadhs. Bernie plays guitar and is also a phenomenal spoons player. Marie also plays the spoons and is the main vocal strength of the group.
For about two years The Grehans established a reputation singing and playing professionally around the Dublin area. Early in 1967 they came to stay in England and are now based in Manchester where they are building up a tremendous following, appearing at folk clubs and concerts and also on radio and television.
In both their material and their presentation, The Grehan Sisters are one hundred percent genuine.There is none of the false slickness of the city performer who adopts folk music second hand. The Grehans have lived and grown up with their material and they have too much respect for it to try and gloss it over with surplus trappings. They are natural singers, natural performers and natural musicians and their feeling and enthusiasm for their music is infectious. Under the circumstances we'll go so far as to say that they are also likely to be naturally successful-and we think that you'll agree when you've heard this record.

You say that the record sleeves refer to Helen as Bernie, for reasons unknown: on my copy "Helen" wrote Lots of love & lots of Good Wishes, Bernie x. And although the sleeve always says Francie, she signed herself Francey

-HENRY JOY -THE ORANGE & THE GREEN - I have these on a 1989 Castle Communications compilation Best of Irish Folk CCSCD221, which I see from the sticker cost 6.99 at Our Price. This includes tracks by such well-known Irish acts as Royston and Heather Wood (sic), Hamish Imlach, John Renbourn and Dave Swarbrick!