The Music and Songs our Fathers Loved presented by Shaskeen and The Wingers

The Music and Songs our Fathers Loved presented by Shaskeen and The Wingers

Friday, 20 April 2018, 8.00pm

Shaskeen and The Wingers are delighted to return for another magical performance in 2018, with a nostalgic homage to the early recording pioneers of Irish music and song, from the first decades of the 20th century through the development and growth of Irish broadcasting to the internationally celebrated platform that is now occupied by Irish music.

It is difficult to imagine in the present robust and exciting world of Traditional Music that we now enjoy, that a mere century ago this tradition was in danger of being lost forever. Generations of deprivation and emigration had brought Ireland to her knees, yet it was this very scourge of emigration that would provide the spark to ignite the passion for our native music with the arrival of the first 78rpm recordings from the United States. James Morrison, Michael Coleman and the Flanagan brothers became household names. This excitement would be re-generated at the emergence of new state and the advent of broadcasting with the establishment of 2RN the National Radio Service.

The struggle to have Irish music regularly broadcast up to the emergence of Radio Eireann continued with the lack of available recordings posing a particular problem, until Ciaran MacMathuna embarked on his job of journey work. There have been many landmark Radio programmes over the decades but one, which provides the inspiration for this performance was the Walton’s programme presided over by Leo Maguire and transmitted on Saturdays as part of a sponsored programme schedule from 1952 to 1981.
The programme featured artists from Walton’s own label, Glenside Records, and included Joe Lynch, Charlie Magee, Mary McConigle and Delia Murphy together with many others.\

Leo Maguire’s persistent message to the listeners was:
“A weekly reminder of the grace and the beauty that lies in our heritage of Irish song, the songs our Fathers loved”.

Tickets €20/€18 conc. from glór box office on 065 6843103 &


Published on 25 January 2018

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