If There Weren’t Any Women In The World ★★★ Old­time Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - SIOBHÁN LONG

Lost gems abound on this col­lec­tion of women who recorded dur­ing the golden era of tra­di­tional mu­sic from 1916 to 1945, none of which have ever been re­leased on vinyl, cas­sette or CD. This is a trea­sure trove: full of charis­matic play­ers whose styles range from the de­fi­antly hearty to the vi­va­ciously play­ful and witty. Rar­i­ties such as ac­cor­dion player Katie McLaugh­lin’s The Five Pound Note (orig­i­nally re­leased on the tech­ni­cally ground break­ing Au­to­graph Records in 1924) si­dle up along­side the de­li­cious duet lilt­ing of The Thrush On The Hedge by two of the great­est con­trib­u­tors to the tra­di­tion. A re­minder of how our tra­di­tion is in­debted to the fore­sight of Amer­i­can record­ing houses from the early 20th cen­tury. old­timere­

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