Lucy Farr

b. c.1912, Ballinakill, County Galway, Eire. An active member of the Rakes for 25 years, venerable Irish fiddler Lucy Farr worked regularly with folk artists such as Bob Davenport, Margaret Barry, Bobby…
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b. c.1912, Ballinakill, County Galway, Eire. An active member of the Rakes for 25 years, venerable Irish fiddler Lucy Farr worked regularly with folk artists such as Bob Davenport, Margaret Barry, Bobby Casey, Jimmy Power and Julia Clifford at a time when Irish traditional music was not achieving the attention it now enjoys. A founder member of the Comhaltas Ceoltiri Eireann organisation, including a span of seven years as its vice-chairman, she has contributed greatly to the advocacy of Irish tradition in music and arts. She began playing at the age of 12 at Saturday night "house dances" at her father's residence, and from then has concentrated on ceilidhs and pub sessions rather than pushing her able technique into the concert limelight. Never one to seek fortune other than enjoyment from her musical talent, she contributed four songs to the 1967 compilation, Paddy In The Smoke. This was later used as the inspiration for Globestyle's 1994 album, In The Smoke, which included another of her compositions, "The Mother Reel". Indeed, her tunes have been widely admired and documented, notably in Pete Cooper's book on fiddling, All Around The World. Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey also interpreted Farr's "Music On The Wind" as part of their 1989 release. In 1992 an album was recorded to celebrate her 80th birthday, Heart And Home, which revealed her technique to be undiminished by her advanced age.