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Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:

01 May 09 - 11:02 AM (#2622635)
Subject: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Martin Foster

Hi,

There is a thread on here about the one and only, the great Irish ballad singer Bridie Gallagher. Bridie was a huge star in the 50s and 60s and she paved the way for all Irish singers to follow with her hits like "The girl from Donegal", "Goodbye Johnny dear" and the biggest hit of all "Boys from the Co Armagh".
However, does anybody out there remember any of Bridie's contemporaries like Eileen Donaghy, Ruby Murray, Teresa Duffy and Maisie McDaniel? Also Carmel Quinn, Anna McGoldrick, Delia Murphy, Sheelagh Warde, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Rose Brennan, Nita Norry and Margaret Barry?
Please come back and let me know.
Thanks.
Martin in Manchester
(Email mrtnfos@msn.com)


01 May 09 - 11:35 AM (#2622658)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,DWR

I was a big Teresa Duffy fan, I even bought several of her albums. They haven't been played in years, though.

Delia Murphy is an underated GEM.

I think I also have a Ruby Murray album somewhere. Carmel Quinn and Anna McGoldrick I have heard of but not the rest of them. Of course, living in the middle of the US might have something to do with that!


01 May 09 - 11:43 AM (#2622661)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Will Fly

I saw Ruby Murray at the Theatre Royal in Brighton in a "Variety" show around 1981 or so - she was on the bill with old music hall stars like Lesley Sarony of "Pete The Piddling Pup" fame. Her big hit was "Softly, Softly".

Do you remember Dana?


01 May 09 - 12:00 PM (#2622673)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Emma B

Ruby Murray toured theatres in the UK and I once, as a schoolgirl in the 1950s, was thrilled to share a train compartment with her.

This is the song I will always associate most with her


01 May 09 - 12:05 PM (#2622677)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Emma B

and Margaret Barry singing one of my favourite songs in 1955 with her banjo accompaniment


01 May 09 - 01:34 PM (#2622729)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Peter Laban

Fill Campbell did a series of documentaries for RTE some time ago featuring the life and songs of Delia Murphy, Margaret Barry, Mary O'Hara, Bridie Gallagher and Ruby Murray.

DVD here


01 May 09 - 01:38 PM (#2622732)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Terry McDonald

Wasn't Rose Brennan one of the resident singers with Joe Loss?


01 May 09 - 02:35 PM (#2622760)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: ard mhacha

A lot of those singers were singing long before Bridie Gallagher, notably Delia Murphy who was singing long before some of those singers were born, also Ruby Murray whom I seen singing in the late 1940s at a concert,Teresa Duffy and of course Margaret Barry were on the scene before Bridie.


06 May 09 - 02:20 PM (#2625629)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

Hi guys,

Thank you for the replies all of you. I often think it is a shame that there isnt a website for these great singers. The only one I know is www.rubymurray.org and Fil Campbell's songbirds website of the TV series.

ard mhacha yes you are right about Delia Murphy. She started her recording career in 1939 I think. One of my favourite tracks of hers is "The Bantry girls lament" but she had many great songs. The problem with Bridie is that she was discovered quite late on. I think she was about 35 at the time and was singing in a concert in Derry which resulted in her recording contract and big hit. But what must her voice have sounded like when she was 25?

Was it in the Ulster Hall you first saw Ruby in the late forties?

Best wishes.

Martin


07 May 09 - 12:39 PM (#2626365)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

Ruby Murray sang in concerts throughout the north in the late 40s and 50s, I heard her singing in a variety show in Lurgan town hall.


04 Jun 09 - 05:15 PM (#2648537)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Louise

In answer to Martin's last query the answer on Sheelagh Warde is very easy for me. Yes I remember her well and still am privileged to know her to this day. Sheelagh is my mum!

I first saw her on tv as a very small child when I was lifted out of bed to watch mummy sing in The Melody Lingers On series when she sang "Oh play to me gypsy"
I couldn't understand as I got older how I knew that the dress my mum wore on the tv was green since it was only black and white in those days.
I later figured it out. I knew the emerald dress from seeing it hanging with Mum's props on the wardrobe in her bedroom.
Mum sang all over Ireland and I believe in England too. She was pregnant with me when she went to North America to sing there.

Hope this adds to the stories!


04 Jun 09 - 05:52 PM (#2648561)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Tiger

I remember Carmel Quinn from American radio and TV in those days.

I was not impressed.


04 Jun 09 - 10:03 PM (#2648703)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,mg

Check out Anne Byrne on you tube. mg


04 Jun 09 - 10:10 PM (#2648705)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Alice

Delia Murphy and Margaret Barry have been mentioned quite often in the last 10 years in Mudcat discussions. Do a forum search and you will find more threads.


05 Jun 09 - 08:48 AM (#2648984)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Fiolar

Martin: Type in "Irish Singers" in Google and when the list opens click on the first entry. It's packed with information.


05 Jun 09 - 09:01 AM (#2648986)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Brakn

My mother played piano for Ruby Murray in the late 40s when Ruby was in her early teens. They toured Ireland along Ruby's mother.


08 Jun 09 - 12:27 PM (#2651400)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

Hi Louise,

Lovely to hear from you on here. I have been trying to find out information on Sheelagh for ages but to no avail. Please could you email me and give me some more information on your mum as I am a huge fan of her singing. My addy is mrtnfos@msn.com

Thanks

Martin


23 Jan 11 - 02:10 PM (#3080819)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Anne-Marie

Hello there,
thought you might be interested.
Teresa Duffy the irish singer is my aunt.
She is very well and living in London.
My Son is her Nephew David Pickett is in a folk band
called The Flowing from The Medway Towns in Kent.


23 Jan 11 - 02:23 PM (#3080828)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Fred McCormick

Ottilie Patterson fits the bill very nicely. Born in Comber, Co. Down in 1932, she was knocking them dead as the singer with the Chris Barber Band for a large part of the 50s and 60s.


26 Jan 11 - 10:10 AM (#3082697)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,keith sullivan

dear sir/madam i have been for the last couple of years trying to find an album by Teresa duffy i dont think it has a title but i remember the cover i am sure it had the irish flag with a picture of teresa Also some of the songs were called "kevin Barry,We are the boys from wexford,Will my soul pass through old ireland they are the ones i can remember Is there anyway i can get this album on C.D thank you for your time yours keith sullivan


26 Jan 11 - 10:19 AM (#3082702)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Manitas_at_home

Have you tried here?

http://www.musicstack.com/records-cds/teresa+duffy


26 Jan 11 - 04:06 PM (#3082901)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: JHW

The Grehan Sisters. Francie, Bernie and the middle one I can't remember just now, might be Marie


07 Mar 11 - 11:12 PM (#3109363)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

I am looking for any information on Teresa Muphy a Irsh singer in the 40 or 50 even 60 please can someone help me find any thing on her
from Brenda may.
Date 7 Mar 2011.


08 Mar 11 - 08:55 PM (#3110062)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: framus

Nobody got a good word to say about Jane Cassidy? Don't know if she ever recorded, but she had a,sadly unsuccessful, appearance on a National TV talent show a few years ago. VERY fine singer, but wasn't presented to her best advantage. Played in sessions with her hubby Maurice years ago.


09 Mar 11 - 05:32 AM (#3110204)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: harmonic miner

The singing styles and instrumentation can be hard to take for those acquainted with "modern" "folk" music. It's kind of morphed into that strange beast called "country 'n' irish". Margaret Barry was out on her own though...


09 Mar 11 - 06:08 AM (#3110222)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby

Can I be a tad mischevious here,(heh,heh) and suggest Clodagh Rodgers!? "Biljo" - a classic.


09 Mar 11 - 07:23 AM (#3110265)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Desi C

I remember many of those from growing up in Ireland and saw a few live. Other names worth mentioning, Daniel O'Donnells sister Margaret or was it Margo? Ann Breen takes some beating too, and Mary Duff has a fine Voice. My personal favourite is Mary Black


10 Jun 11 - 03:47 PM (#3168553)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

It's nice to know that Teresa Duffy is still around. I have 3 of her LPs and I think she has a fantastic voice. I guess she will be about the same age as me. I bought her 'Songs of Freedom' when it first came out. Best wishes to her.

Rick Wilmot


10 Jun 11 - 08:34 PM (#3168692)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Suegorgeous

"girl" singers?? these are all women, surely? none under 18?


11 Jun 11 - 05:28 AM (#3168827)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Marje

I have a book from the 1970s in which the writer describes Margaret Barry as "an old woman of 56".

Standing where I am now, that is a worrying description!



Marje


20 Dec 11 - 08:19 PM (#3277485)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Mary

I have a Teresa Duffy album(vinyl) from 40 or so years ago. Ireland Songs of Freedom. What a voice! Are there any others available?


05 Feb 12 - 06:56 AM (#3302430)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

hi does anyone know a male from 1950 to 1960 singing an irish song with a rocking chair in


05 Feb 12 - 07:12 AM (#3302433)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Bonnie Shaljean

Can you remember any of the lines from the song, or even fragments of the words? Was he an Irish singer, or just a singer performing an Irish song?


05 Feb 12 - 04:52 PM (#3302714)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: The Sandman

VAL DOONICAN, used to sing in a rocking chair.


05 Feb 12 - 05:42 PM (#3302748)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Bonnie Shaljean

Yeh, I thought of him too - but did he ever sing *about* a rocking chair?


14 Feb 12 - 08:07 PM (#3308649)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

re Teresa Duffy.   Hello Annne Marie. I would be interested to know if Teresa married my good friend William CHESNEY. I know they were close friends in the 60's,but then we lost touch. My email is bighenners@yahoo.com.au


Would love to get in touch again,if you know his whereabouts.

Regards   Charlie Higgins Brisbane Australia


13 Jul 13 - 11:20 PM (#3537171)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Shaun

By the way teresa duffy the irish singer is my aunt too.


14 Jul 13 - 05:41 AM (#3537216)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Leadfingers

No Names No Pack Drill , but a younger friend of mine 'Back Then' told me he wanted to learn some 'good' Irish songs so I invited him to listen to some old vinyl . When I played some Margaret Barry he asked " What language is she singing in?"


14 Jul 13 - 05:59 AM (#3537218)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Shaun

Hi Anne-Marie
I just wonder if you were still in touch with teresa
Thanks
Shaun


13 Sep 13 - 05:22 PM (#3558731)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Sally Ann Mew nee Duffy

Teresa Duffy was a cousin of my late father, William Duffy. I have fond memories of Teresa staying with us when she was performing in Glasgow, probably the early 1960's. I always thought she was so glamorous & used to watch in wonder as a 5 or 6 year old at her applying her make up for a concert. We still listen to her music now. Please give her our love.


13 Oct 13 - 03:36 PM (#3566606)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Alo.F.

Hi Anne-Marie,
Having lived in Bundoran in the mid fifties I knew Teresa's parents and
her brother Pat and recall how well Teresa could sing before she became
well known.She came to visit with my brother Brendan in the late sixties
or early seventies and she looked ever so good;that was when we lived in Yarton Oxon.I am happy to know that she is well and should love to get in touch.I came across a nice photo of her which is now on my f/b.
We have some of her records but I'm planning to get some of her cds.
My E/M is:foleyalo@yahoo.co.uk


14 Oct 13 - 02:52 AM (#3566690)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Guest - Lin

My favourite Irish female singer from the 1960's is Anne Byrne. I live in California and actually found one used LP by Anne Byrne in a record shop here many years ago but was lucky to find more when I visited London in the 1980's. There were some great record shops in London and I found more Anne Byrne albums then. Also another Irish singer I liked was Jane Cassidy and bought two of her Lps when I visited Dublin, Ireland in 1983.
I have listened to other Irish singers from the 1960's but Anne Byrne by far is my favourite.


10 Aug 14 - 08:24 AM (#3649808)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Jim

In the sixties My dad had an album from an Irish Female singer, but I cant remember the title or her name. Songs on the album included: foggy dew, off to dublin in the green, old rustic bridge, bonnie boy is young but is growing, Nell Flaherty's drake,and others. I am in Australia. Anyone know that album and who the singer was?


10 Aug 14 - 10:04 AM (#3649831)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,Gealt

A few more female singers from the time when all the world was young:
Alma Carroll, Ann Keaveney, Maire Brennan & Enya,Geraldine Doyle, Adrienne & Lucy Johnston, Maeve Mulvany, Margaret O'Brien, Maxi Dick & Twink,Anna McGoldrick,Nita Norry, Christine & Dorothy Patterson, Suzanne Murphy.


10 Aug 14 - 10:47 AM (#3649842)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: eftifino

Geraldine Doyle ( Danny's sister) has had a great career in Australia. She has a great voice, and sings many comedic songs as well as the classic ones. I have a


10 Aug 14 - 10:52 AM (#3649844)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: eftifino

.....Oops moment!    I have a CD that she produced with Danny called 'Emigrant Eyes". fabulous from both. Produced by Possumk records in 1993.


10 Aug 14 - 11:59 AM (#3649864)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: eddie1

Song being sought about 2 years ago!
Was this it? Written by Bob Mills but sung by many.

Rockin' Alone In An Old Rockin' Chair


10 Aug 14 - 12:04 PM (#3649868)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: eddie1

I've been trawling the net for any info on Eilidh Moore, sister of Christy. No reference anywhere, not even under "Family" on Christy's Wiki page. Eilidh was doing folk clubs and festivals in the UK in the 60s/70s. A great singer!

Eddie


10 Aug 14 - 02:29 PM (#3649908)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

it's Eilis (h?)- try that


22 Feb 21 - 01:41 AM (#4094225)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST

You all seem to forget the girl that, I Believe, still holds the record for having 5 hits in the Top 10 all at the same time. I'm talking FEMALE not Beatles!!! RUBY MURRAY


22 Feb 21 - 09:15 AM (#4094273)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: GUEST,#

"From: eddie1
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 12:04 PM"

Eilish Moore will do it.


22 Feb 21 - 03:31 PM (#4094322)
Subject: RE: Irish girl singers from 1950s and 1960s:
From: Felipa

Carmel Quinn has had a very long career
http://www.carmelquinn.net/Carmel_Quinn/Welcome.html lists performance dates in 2015

Wikipedia: "She began her career in Dublin singing with local bands, the most prominent of which was the Johnny Devlin Orchestra in the Crystal Ballroom, although her singing had been recorded as early as 1942, when she was a teenager. She also sang at Dublin's Theatre Royal with the house orchestra and Jimmy Campbell. She was noted for one of her first songs, "The Isle of Innisfree".[citation needed]

2After coming to the United States in 1954, she appeared on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts radio program in 1955 and won the contest.[3, Emblen, Frank, "New Jersey Guide", The New York Times, 23 February 1986.] Her voice and performing style was compared to that of Judy Garland and other popular singers. She became a regular on the show, appearing daily, singing and telling funny anecdotes about her life...."