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Thread #159372   Message #3784917
Posted By: keberoxu
12-Apr-16 - 01:20 PM
Thread Name: 'All the dear Spinning Eileens' (Irish harpists)
Subject: RE: 'All the dear Spinning Eileens' (Irish harpists)
I have before me a copy of Gael-Linn's "Amhráin Ghrá" compact disc album. It is dated 2011. Previous posts (late March) in this thread provide links to online info about this CD.

A nice little CD-sized booklet accompanies the album because the notes are too copious to print on the album sleeve itself. The packaging is definitely, erm, trying to please.

Plainly every track on this album is Gael-Linn label material. There are some archival tracks that were not previously released, but they were definitely in the Gael-Linn archives -- "cartlann Gael Linn 1960." These three "new" tracks are for the singer quoted in a previous post, Marjorie Courtney, another Dublin-born, convent-educated "spinning Eileen." Here are the booklet sentences on Ms. Courtney:

" Marjorie was, for many years, a leading light with the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society. She passed away in 2008 and, in her memory, the prestigious Marjorie Courtney Rose-Bowl for Musical Theatre is presented each year."

From another page in the same booklet:
The singers featured were not from the native tradition of singing, but each with their distinctive style succeeded in bringing an Irish song repertoire to a wide music audience.
This album is a tribute to a style of singing which has been rather overlooked in recent times. It is hoped that this album will re-awaken an interest in, and an appreciation of, the beauty that lies in this evocative Irish singing tradition.