Thomas McCarthy | Herself and Myself

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Herself and Myself

by Thomas McCarthy

The most significant singer to emerge from Irish Traveller culture in the last fifty years sings rare, traditional songs in this collection dedicated to his mother, Mary McCarthy.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Herself and Myself
2:19 $0.99
2. The Girl I Left Behind Me
2:34 $0.99
3. Moving Us On Again
2:40 $0.99
4. Lady Margaret
6:46 $0.99
5. The Draighneán Donn
2:01 $0.99
6. I Must Away
4:30 $0.99
7. Little Mary Cassidy
1:34 $0.99
8. My Heart's in Old Erin
3:07 $0.99
9. Growling Old Woman
2:06 $0.99
10. The Mass Bell Has Rung
2:21 $0.99
11. Hannah McKay
5:03 $0.99
12. The Escape of John Mitchel
3:18 $0.99
13. Nell Flaherty's Drake
3:31 $0.99
14. I'm Sitting On the Stile
3:50 $0.99
15. She Is My Joy
3:06 $0.99
16. The Grasp of Time
2:38 $0.99
17. Young Willie
2:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Thomas is a last bastion of the oral tradition, an Irish traveller who comes from a long line of singers and musicians, from whom he learned many fine and previously unknown versions of traditional songs, which he sings unaccompanied. 'Herself and Myself' is dedicated to Thomas McCarthy's mother, Mary McCarthy, a fine singer who died nearly four years ago.

Thomas was born in Ireland but travelled back and forth between the UK and Ireland, growing up on the travellers site under the Westway and in flats near Ladbroke Grove. Neighbours loved to hear Mary singing blues songs through her kitchen window. Every Sunday she would play music for the children to dance as children, hop around the floor, and then she’d sing some songs and teach them songs.

The most significant singer to emerge from the Irish traveller community for fifty years, Thomas brings the hidden songs and culture of this misunderstood and ignored community to a wider audience, taking the debate about travellers beyond the racist stereotypes of ‘Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’.

Thomas has an unforgettable voice and his performance has been described as “outstanding”, “a rare delight” and “profoundly moving”. Thomas has held audiences spellbound at many folk clubs and festivals in the UK and Europe.



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