Tom Lenihan (1908–1990) was a well known Irish traditional singer from Milltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.
Tom and Margaret Lenihan (born Vaughan) lived in a farmhouse in Knockbrack, a few miles outside Miltown Malbay. He was a farmer and the local butcher.
According to the sleevenotes of the CD Around the Hills of Clare:
Tom had a very large repertoire and positive ideas about singing. He insisted that the story was most important aspect; the singer's involvement with the song was paramount. To him it was vital that the singer used speech pat-terns, made sense of the words, singing them as close as possible to the way one would speak; to fit the tune to the words, not to make the words fit the tune. One can appreciate why Tom had so many narrative songs in his repertoire; his attitude to singing is illustrated on the two tracks of speech.
Gerry "Fiddle" O'Connor is born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. Gerry is a traditional Irish fiddle player, and founding member of bands, Skylark and La Lúgh. He tours as a solo fiddle player and performs with a variety of projects
"The Maid and the Palmer" is an English language murder ballad with supernatural/religious overtones. Because of its dark and sinister lyrics, the song was often avoided by folk singers. Child's main text comes from the seventeenth century ballad collection compiled by Thomas Percy, supplemented by a nineteenth century fragment recalled by Sir Walter Scott, although scholars believe that the original English language version of the ballad is considerably older, and derives from a Continental original dealing with a medieval legend associated with Mary Magdalene. The ballad was present in oral tradition in Scotland in the early years of the nineteenth century but was subsequently lost there, however versions have since been recovered in Ireland, in particular among the Irish Traveller community, with an intervening gap of some 150 years. A small fragment of the ballad has also been claimed to have been recovered in the U.S.A., but the veracity of this record is disputed.
Johnny Doran was an Irish uilleann piper.
Cooraclare is a village near Kilrush, in County Clare, Ireland, and a Catholic parish by the same name.
Milltown Malbay, also Miltown Malbay, is a town in the west of County Clare, Ireland, near Spanish Point. The population was 829 at the 2016 Census.
The Suffolk Miracle is Child ballad 272 and is listed as #246 in the Roud Folk Song Index. Versions of the ballad have been collected from traditional singers in England, Ireland and North America. The song is also known as "The Holland Handkerchief" and sometimes as "The Lover's Ghost".
Tom Munnelly was an Irish folk-song collector.
John "Jacko" Reilly, (1926–1969) was a traditional Irish singer. He was a settled Irish Traveller who lived in Boyle, County Roscommon, but hailed originally from Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim. He was a profound influence on many popular folk and traditional singers, based largely on recordings of his singing by the Irish song collector Tom Munnelly which were however not released until after his early death in 1969 at the age of 44.
St Joseph's Miltown Malbay GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in Miltown Malbay in County Clare, Ireland. The GAA club was formed in 1892.
Len Graham is a Northern Irish traditional singer and song collector from County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He is a leading authority on Folk music in Ireland.
The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing is a festival held in Milltown Malbay and Spanish Point in the month of November. The aim of the festival is to promote unaccompanied traditional singing.
Nonie Lynch was an Irish traditional singer from Milltown Malbay, County Clare.
Kitty Smith Hayes was a well-known concertina-player in Shanaway, Milltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.
Muiris Ó Rócháin was a teacher, director of the Willie Clancy Summer School, president of Oireachtas na Gaeilge and folk collector.
The Laichtín Naofa Céilí Band is a former céilí band based in Milltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.
Garret(t) Barry (Irish: Gearóid de Barra was a blind Irish uilleann piper from Inagh, County Clare, among the most famous players of the 19th century.
Jimmy Ward was a well known Irish traditional banjo player and lilter out of Milltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.
Nora Cleary (1924-1988) was a well known Irish traditional singer and lilter from the hamlet "The Hand", near Milltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.
Cathal McConnell is a musician and singer best known as the mainstay of traditional band The Boys of the Lough, of which he was a founder member. His main instruments are the Irish flute and the tin whistle.