Irish music - the Flanagan Brothers

@JudyEv (214357)
Bunbury, Australia
June 29, 2020 8:03pm CST
I recently had a comment on one of my older posts about a 78 record that I have. The record is by the Flanagan Brothers, an Irish American band. In their day, the three (Joe, Louis and Mike) were a household name in both Irish homes and the homes of Irish emigrants throughout the world. The brothers came from a family of seven children. The Flanagans were born towards the end of the 19th century, but in 1911, the family moved from Waterford, Ireland, to Albany in New York. Music was always a part of the boys’ lives. They later moved to New York City and developed their own distinctive sound, becoming proficient on accordion, banjo and guitar. Their first recording was released in 1921 by the M&C New Republic Irish Record Company. They joined Columbia in 1923 and their records were soon selling throughout Ireland. There was a resurgence of interest in the past history of the brothers in 1981 when Celtic group De Dannan had a top-ten hit with ‘My Irish Molly-O’ which the Flanagan Brothers had first recorded in 1928. Lou died in the mid-1930s. Joe in 1940 and Mike in 1990. Mike had continued his musical career well into the 1980s. The brothers’ childhood home in Waterford is marked with a plaque. Much Australian music too has its roots in the music of migrants who took the big step and moved halfway across the world to start a new life. This information is taken from Wikipedia.
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@RasmaSandra (34219)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
30 Jun
I have not heard about The Flanagans. Very interesting I love Irish music. I see that they have some of their music on YouTube I will take a listen, Thank you for the information.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
They were active a long time ago but apparently had quite an influence on the music scene in their time.
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@DianneN (177064)
• United States
30 Jun
I was wondering where you were. I love Irish music, but haven’t heard of them until now.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
I seem to have run out of things to talk about. I need a roo to turn up in the lounge or something.
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@DianneN (177064)
• United States
30 Jun
@JudyEv YOU? Running out of things to talk about? Never! I'm sure you will come up with something soon.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
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@Orson_Kart (5113)
• United Kingdom
30 Jun
I've never heard of them. I do like a bit of the Irish myself, to be sure, and none better than The Dubliners - Seven Drunken Nights.
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• United Kingdom
1 Jul
@JudyEv I can't fault your maths. Sounds like they were way before my time and never played on the golden oldies music channels I listen to. I go back as far as Dana and Val Doonican in the Irish genre. All Kinds of Everything and Paddy McGinty's Goat. Top tunes.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
@Orson_Kart I remember when Val Doonican had his own TV show and Mum especially loved it. We took her to see him in Perth and he signed an LP for her. They shared a birthday too.
@bunnybon7 (46252)
• Holiday, Florida
30 Jun
I never looked them up but loved their music so much. I had a collection of several cassettes redone I bought in the 90's. wonderful talent
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jul
I replied to this but it's gone. It seems they were a big part of the music scene way back when.
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@bunnybon7 (46252)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Jul
@JudyEv I thought so too. here and in your areas
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul
@bunnybon7 They were really before my time but their records must have been available or we wouldn't have one.
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@DocAndersen (24431)
• United States
30 Jun
i love Irish music! going to add this to my rotation!
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
I'm not sure that you'll find any of their stuff - but you might.
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@DocAndersen (24431)
• United States
30 Jun
@JudyEv There is a record store in the next town over, that has everything. The guy has been there for more than 45 years. I asked him for an LP i haven't seen in 30 years and he had one!
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
@DocAndersen We really need to get rid of our LPs but I don't know what to do with them. I bet there are some interesting records in that store.
@LindaOHio (40652)
• United States
30 Jun
Thank you very much for this interesting bit of music history. I looked up Bunbury on the map. Interesting. Not many towns in that area.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
I wouldn't have said that but I'm used to Australian distances I guess. Bunbury is half an hour from Donnybrook where we live but Donnybrook wasn't an option when I filled in my profile page. Bunbury was the nearest city. Donnybrook is much smaller.
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@LindaOHio (40652)
• United States
30 Jun
@JudyEv Oh. I see.
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@Adie04 (6649)
30 Jun
Now why this Flanagan Brothers ring my bell....
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
There might be other musicians with the name 'Flanagan' that you are remembering.
@Adie04 (6649)
30 Jun
@JudyEv maybe
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@BelleStarr (51455)
• United States
1 Jul
Irish music always touches my soul, it brings out the Irish in me.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
There is certainly something about the jigs and reels in particular.
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@SHOHANA (11549)
• Bangladesh
1 Jul
Old music touch my heart most of the time, most of them are soulful
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
Some of the older music has beautiful melodies. They really knew how to write songs back then.
@snowy22315 (93488)
• United States
1 Jul
Never heard of them, but I know the Clancy Brothers.
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@Corbin5 (193561)
• United States
30 Jun
The Flanagan Brothers are new to me. Migrants continue to bring some wonderful music to a wide variety of places.
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@bunnybon7 (46252)
• Holiday, Florida
30 Jun
I was reading on down and am shocked so many have not heard of them
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
It's lovely to find someone who knows their music. They obviously had a big influence on the music scene in their time.
@just4him (210647)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Jun
I haven't heard of them, but I've always loved Irish music.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
They've been gone a long time now so it's not surprising you don't know of them.
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@jayanth_77 (5934)
• India
30 Jun
I haven't heard about the Flanagan Brothers but looks like their music was very popular among the Irish people who immigrated around the world. Hope their music albums are still available for people to listen.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
I'd be a bit surprised if they were but they did influence a lot of other people.
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@sallypup (39147)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Jun
This is a new one for me. Thanks for the information. I'm sure you know about The Clancy Brothers.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun
Oh yes, the Clancy Brothers are a great group.
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