Jim: I think Peggy's husband Louis Thompson had a lot to do with getting
Billy and Brendan down to D.C. No question that they were a huge reason for
the resurgence in interest in traditional music. Before their arrival,
there was music at Matt Kane's Little Bit O' Ireland on Vermont Avenue and
later at the Four Provinces. One of the ballad groups that came through had
a very good whistle player who showed a number of us some of his tricks.
The O'Flaherty brothers were regulars at the early Dubliner. One of them
went on to found the Poor Clares and to open a bar in New Orleans.
Peggy handled her medical condition -- a severe form of scleroderma
called CREST -- with real grace and good humor. After she was unable to
play fliddle, she continued to teach step dancing. I believe Jean Denney
got her start from Peggy.
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>Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 01:20:36 EST
>In a message dated 3/21/06 9:08:22 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
> > 8. How long have Irish Sessions been around in your area of the United
> > States? I grew up in D.C., where there was a major revival of Irish
> > in the 70s. Ellen's Irish Pub on Connecticutt Avenue held weekly
> > and frequent live music. When I moved to Baltimore in 1979, there was
> > at the Harp (later Kavanaugh's) the Gandy Dancer, and especially at Joe
> > Patrick Byrne's Locust Point bar, J. Patrick's. Today, J. Patrick's
> > some of the best sessions anywhere. I moved to Davenport in 1997. We
> > a monthly session at Mac's Pub, and another 'circle session' at the
> > Music Experience, a club and museum of local music heroes. The RME
> > is set up the way many house parties used to be, and the way Jim Coogan
> > a session (right, Jim?) : each member of the 'circle' gets to start a
> > of tunes or sing a song. It has been very successful here, attracting
> > players from Iowa City and Cedar Rapids
>Hello Frank et.al.,
>Yes, It gives every one a break and I think makes the session more
>Re: the 70's revival (or should I say uprising) of Irish music in DC - I
>understand it was Billy's wife Annie who worked with Peggy Riordan that
>Billy and Brendan down to DC to start their long running stint at the
>that was the start of the whole thing.
>I lost track of Jack & Peggy (God be good to both of them) when I left the
>metro scene in '65 but met Peggy in East Durham a sort while before she
>died, Jack had already passed and her hands were so effected by whatever
>she had, she was no longer playing the fiddle.
>;-) Jim C
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