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I Sang Through the Fairs
Margaret Barry, Alan Lomax
I Sang Through the Fairs
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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Alan Lomax on recording traditional singers such as Margaret Barry: "There arises an intimacy close to love." And so too might we describe listening to this collection, the definitive portrait of the nomadic Irish balladee...  more »

      
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All Artists: Margaret Barry, Alan Lomax
Title: I Sang Through the Fairs
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Select
Original Release Date: 9/15/1998
Re-Release Date: 11/13/2001
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011661177420

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Alan Lomax on recording traditional singers such as Margaret Barry: "There arises an intimacy close to love." And so too might we describe listening to this collection, the definitive portrait of the nomadic Irish balladeer and banjo player whose life was song and song alone. Barry's vocal style--deep lamentation transfused with tremendous vigor--was honed in the streets and pubs of Dublin and the whole of Ireland, where she drifted, much as her family of travelers did, regaling and busking for anyone who'd listen. She can sing with a deep, muscular slur, and then shift to a tingling softness--her command of vocal registers is awesome. Barry's repertoire combines familiar material such as "She Moved Through the Fair" (Barry helped make such songs standards during the British folk revival) with more obscure lyrics, songs that might be forgotten were it not for her. Don't turn to this collection for easy Celtic pleasantries: the raw, poetic soul will stun you. --Roy Kasten

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CD Reviews

Essential Irish.
J. Turley | 02/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The tracks are remastered and sound rather good considering the source tapes. Almost as entertaining as the music, are the interview tracks with Maggie herself. This Portrait Series is a beautifully done compilation, complete with an informative booklet and brilliant photos.As for the music on the disc, it's pure, raw and true. Bare bones banjo playing accompanies a voice that comes from deep within that woman's soul. Critics love to compare such heartfelt singing to Janis Joplin, but she even doesn't compare to Margaret Barry.Highly recommended."