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Check back regularly for new articles and other cool stuff. Articles by Don Meade.

Kitty O'Neil and Her "Champion Jig": A Forgotten Irish-American Variety Theater Star
A look at the life and times of a celebrated Irish-American stage dancer of the 1870's and '80's, and a history of the marvelous tune that bears her name. Go to: Kitty O'Neil

Kitty Sharpe: Circus and Stage Sand Dancer
Kitty O'Neil's great contemporary and rival, namesake of "Kitty Sharpe's Champion Jig." Go to: Kitty Sharpe

Muldoon the Solid Man
For more information on Ned Harrigan's great song, go to: Muldoon

Since the Soup House Moved Away: Irish Melody and New York Lyrics
The story behind another Ned Harrigan song set to a traditional Irish air. Go to: Soup House

The Irish Tenor Banjo
History of the tenor banjo and its use in Irish traditional music, updated May 2014: go to: Banjo

Irish Traditional Music on the Harmonica
History of the mouth organ/harmonica and its use in Irish traditional music, updated March 2016: Harmonica

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