Irish music - the Flanagan Brothers
By Judy Evans
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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• United Kingdom
@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.
• Bunbury, Australia
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.