The Raineys - Traditional Musicians

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Handwritten Inscription
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The Rainey musicians
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This framed article was discovered on display in ‘Tigh Coili’, Mainguard Street, Galway City. The handwritten inscription reads as follows:

“The Raineys were a family of travelling musicians from near MILLTOWN, Tuam,who wandered the roads and byways playing music in north Connemara, north Galway and Co. Mayo during the 1930’s up to the 1960’s.
The music of Rainey (Big Rainey) and Stephen (Spareparts) pictured here, was recorded by an English professor, Tony Knowland in 1959 and these photos were taken by the late music professor Brian Boydell on a trip to Ballyconnelly fair in 1959.
The Raineys live on in the musicians who continue to hear about them and who encounter the music recordings. – Ita Kane.”

See also: https://the session.org/recordings/2422 for examples of their music.

This page was added on 21/07/2016.

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