Mrs. Galvin's Barndance


The fiddle playing of Mrs. Ellen Galvin, who was born in the 1880s, certainly did sound as though it were from an earlier time in history. I remember seeing her perform in a concert in West Clare in the late 1950s. I was enthralled with her music then, and I still am. The tune transcribed here was recorded and collected from Mrs. Galvin, and a copy of the tape was passed along to me by accordion master Tony MacMahon. Thanks, Tony! My friends Barbara MacDonald Magone and Kevin McElroy helped out on the recording you are about to hear.

We shall hear Barbara play some of her own compositions (‘Ashcraft-Fraser House’, ‘The Reel Bus’, and ‘A Riverview Cabin’) as we venture through this collection.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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McElroy, Kevin (banjo), Connolly, Séamus (fiddle), and Magone, Barbara MacDonald (piano), “Mrs. Galvin's Barndance,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 16, 2024,