Irish Barn Dance Boys

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Biographical information on the Irish Barn Dance Boys seems as rare as a functioning blarney stone, but at least this '30s group reveals both nationality and gender within its name, perhaps choice of…
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Biographical information on the Irish Barn Dance Boys seems as rare as a functioning blarney stone, but at least this '30s group reveals both nationality and gender within its name, perhaps choice of venue as well. Although in stark contrast to that notion, a presumably Irish musician blogging on the subject of St. Patrick's Day makes the following relevant comment: "On the contract it called us an Irish Barn Dance Band. Only an English agent could have thought this one up."

It may have also been an English agent responsible for crediting the group under discussion here as the Irish Barn Dance Band; at any rate, collectors sifting through sides from the '30s and '40s may come across the material recorded by this outfit credited to either band or boys, likewise for references in auction lists and discographies of budget labels such as Varsity and the Montgomery Ward house label.

Of great appeal to the Irish immigrants among America's record-buying public, this group's recordings of traditional Irish material was licensed and relicensed through a series of label transactions including a block sale known as the "Record Syndicate Trust/Scranton Record Company deal." These were masters that had been the property of various record labels that had gone under, much of which became desirable when the second World War recording ban largely halted the creation of new material. Irish titles in this list recorded by the Irish Barn Dance Boys include "Quinn's Barn Dance," "Highland Hornpipe," the punishing "Floggin' Reel," and the respectful "Cherish the Ladies."