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Patrick Galvin

Patrick Galvin

Biographical

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Patrick Galvin (1927-2011) — Patrick Galvin was most famous as a poet, but was also an acclaimed playwright, satirist and memoirist and was a member of Aosdána. In his early career he was a well known folk singer, songwriter and song collector and traveled as a ballad singer throughout Europe. He recorded seven volumes of Irish folk songs in the UK and USA. He was mentored by famous uilleann piper Séamus Ennis. His ballad James Connolly was taken up by Christy Moore to become one of the best-known modern Irish ballads. Patrick Galvin suffered a stroke in 2003, and passed away on May 11, 2011, at the age of 83.

Discography

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  • Topic Releases
    • She Moved Through the Fair & The Bonny Boy: 1953 - Topic TRC.67 (78rpm)
      • Accompanied by Al Jeffrey (guitar)
    • The Brown Girl & My Love Came to Dublin: 1953 - Topic TRC.68 (78rpm)
      • Accompanied by Al Jeffrey (banjo)
    • Football Crazy & The Wild Colonial Boy: 1953 - Topic TRC.69 (78rpm)
      • Accompanied by Al Jeffrey (banjo)
    • Johnson's Motor Car & Whack Fol De Diddle: 1953 - Topic TRC.70 (78rpm)
      • Accompanied by Al Jeffrey (banjo)
    • The Women are Worse than the Men & Whisky in the Jar: 1954 - Topic TRC.83 (78rpm)
      • Accompanied by Al Jeffrey (banjo))
    • Irish Songs of Resistance - Part One: 1956 - Topic T3 [8"] LP [1]
    • Irish Songs of Resistance - Part Two: 1956 - Topic T4 [8"] LP [1]
  • Stinson Releases
    • Irish Rebel Songs - Volume I: 1957 - Stinson SLP 83 [10"] LP [2]
      • re: Irish Rebel Songs - Volume I: 1962 - Stinson SLP 83 [12"] LP [2]
    • Irish Rebel Songs - Volume II: 1957 - Stinson SLP 84 [10"] LP
      • re: Irish Rebel Songs - Volume II: 1963 - Stinson SLP 84 [12"] LP
    • Irish Rebel Songs - Volume III: 1957 - Stinson SLP 85 [10"] LP
      • re: Irish Rebel Songs - Volume III: 1963 - Stinson SLP 85 [12"] LP
    • Irish Rebel Songs - Volume IV: 1957 - Stinson SLP 86 [10"] LP [3]

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  • Notes
    1. Covers from Mainly Norfolk Topic discography.
    2. To my knowledge, the Patrick Galvin Stinson records were first released as 10" LPs in 1957 (perhaps 1956).
      • The albums were subsequently re-released in 1962 & 63.
      • Accurately dating Stinson records is a bit tricky — not unlike TopicStinson released several versions of the same albums — with completely different covers, and in certain cases, 10" & 12" LP versions — with some on red vinyl.
      • Based on other Stinson LP releases, I assume there were at least 3 different releases of each Patrick Galvin (above Stinson) albums.
      • However, 2 versions of Volume One are the only (Galvin) Stinson records currently in my collection.
    3. In addition, according to a thread at mudcat.org, there was a Irish Rebel Songs - Volume IV — SLP 86 [10"] LP — that was later "absorbed" into the Volume III [12"] LP re-release.

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