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

History of the Eagle
History of the Eagle Tavern and Blarney Star Concert Series Four decades of traditional music concerts in New York. Go to: Blarney History Blarney History

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 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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