Anakana Schofield – Award Winning Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

The Rainey’s/ Ita Kane

The Rolling Wave have a feature on The Rainey’s — a travelling family who played traditional music around County Galway fifty years ago. They were recorded only on one day in 1956 in Letterfrack. The lovely Ita Kane made a documentary for Radio Connemara, where she traced relatives of the Rainey’s, having been inspired years earlier on hearing the only recording of them.

The piece starts 43.13 into the programme if you want to scroll to it. The recordings of the Rainey’s are particularly atmospheric and unique because you can hear people shuffling around nearby and you feel like you could be sitting at the table with them.

There is some other interesting stuff before it about a man who makes flutes, as I recall.

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