The Grehan Sisters

Ireland The Grehan Sisters

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#1 the-grehan-sisters-on-the-galtymore-mountains.jpg 1967 [11, 40:26] The Grehan Sisters - On The Galtymore Mountains (Transatlantic Records TRA-160) studio • new music 7.34 “Really good” Folk
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notes.png The end. Band split late 60s.


There were, and indeed still are three Grehan Sisters, in order of age Marie, Fracie and Helen (the record sleeves refer to Helen as Bernie, for reasons unknown!) Their parents owned a pub in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, called Grehan’s bar which is where the girls started their folk career, entertaining the customers.(The pub still exists, but is now called ’The Moving Stairs’ having been sold by the family in the late 1990’s). Francie played the mandolin and ukelele banjo (she won the All Ireland Fleadth award on a number of occasions). Helen played the guitar and spoons and Marie played the spoons and was the main vocalist of the group, although all three sisters sang. For about two years in the mis 60’s they lived/played around Dublin, often at O’Donaghue’s. The recorded output was sparse - an EP, a few singles, the odd track on compilations, and one full-length LP, released on Transatlantic in 1967. Early in 1967 they moved to Manchester and became well known on the English folk scene. I believe they finally split up in the early 1970’s, with Marie settling in Manchester, Francie in Dublin and Helen returning to Boyle.

Mick O'Farrell
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