Show 008 – Women Gain the Upper Hand (2018-03-24)

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In just about all genres of music, songwriters have written about women treated badly, or killed, or left behind to weep in self-pity, or languish as they await a man to come rescue them. As members of a (mostly) all-woman Celtic band, Katie and Joe have always been on the lookout for songs where the opposite is true: female characters in songs outwitting their foes, toughing it out with their knuckles raw, and their rapier blades stained in vengeance with the blood of the hapless or cruel men who got in their way. The only problem is that songs like this are still far too rare, so we had to wander musically down into the Border country and England to gather some of them. We think that these songs are worth it! If you have some favorite “women gain the upper hand” songs, email the titles to us!We also discuss the Fair Pl? movement addressing gender inequality in Traditional Irish music, which was first started by Karan Casey after she looked around a festival lineup and noticed that she was the only female artist out of eighteen. Although there are many excellent female performers in Celtic-oriented music, the music festivals and large media outtlets still feature preponderantly male artists. Is it willful or just laziness?


# Track >Artist Release
1 Bedlam Boys Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, John Doyle Live
2 The Beehive Nollaig Casey The Music of What Happened
3 Óró Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones Let Ye All Be Irish Tonight
4 The Hut on Staffen Island Kathryn Tickell Debateable Lands
5 The Yellow Tinker / The Yellow Pantsuit Liz Carroll On the Off Beat
6 Martinmas Time/The Little Stack of Wheat Andy Irvine and Paul Brady Andy Irvine and Paul Brady
7 Nuala’s Bonnet-The Croton Dam Joanie Madden Song of the Irish Whistle 2
8 Maid on the Shore Stan Rogers Fogarty’s Cove
9 Sinead Maire’s Lúnasa Cas
10 Eddie Moloney’s-Micho Russell’s Bua Down the Green Fields
11 The Crafty Maid’s Policy-Fingal’s Cave-Sheepskins & Beeswax Lindsay Straw The Fairest Flower of Womankind
12 Willie Taylor The Voice Squad Many’s The Foolish Youth
13 Legend of Lisalway Cillian Valelly and Kevin Crawford On Common Ground
14 Sovay Pentangle Sweet Child
15 Outlandish Knight Danú Think Before You Think
16 Lovely Joan Martin Carthy With Dave Swarbrick Martin Carthy With Dave Swarbrick
17 Son Ar C’histr Navan Òran nan Tonn
18 The Female Drummer Goodwin and Gray As the Crow Flies
19 Geordie The House Band Stonetown
20 The Maids of Selma-Larry Redican’s-Dancing Tables Moloney, Keane, O’Connell Kilkelly
21 The Female Smuggler Silver Arm Never Despair
22 Fahey’s Reel/Finbar Dwyer’s Liz Carroll Kiss Me, Kate: Irish Fiddle and Accordion
23 The Wife of the Bold Tenant Farmer Joe Heaney Say A Song
24 Susanna Martin Calico Songdogs
25 May Morning Dew – Sporting Nel Mick O’Brien May Morning Dew
26 The Lions’ Den/The Burning House Nuala Kennedy Behave the Bravest