Cork, County Cork, Munster, Ireland (1917 – 1989)
1917-1990 Margaret Barry is perhaps the best known and most prominent of the early generation of banjo-wielding "tinkers."
Born in Cork into a family of travellers/street singers, she taught herself how to play the zither banjo and the fiddle at an early age. At the age of 16 she left on her own after a family row and started her career as a street singer.
In the early 1950s she moved to London and joined forces with fiddler… read more
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