Flanagan Brothers

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The Flanagan Brothers was an Irish music duo in New York composed of brothers Mike on banjo and Joe on diatonic accordion, who recorded extensively in the 1920s and 1930s,[1][2] and performed in America's Irish dance halls.[3] At times the band also included a third brother, Louis, on guitar[4][5] or sometimes harp guitar.[6]


Mike was born in Philadelphia[7] in 1894 and the family subsequently returned to Ireland.[7] Louis was born in 1896 and Mike in 1897, both in Waterford.[7] The whole family emigrated to America in 1911 and settled in Albany in New York State.[6][7]

In 1918 Joe and Mike moved to New York City, Joe working as a clerk and Mike as a Furrier in the Hells Kitchen district.[7] Other members of the family moved there later.


The Group[edit]

  • 1979 The Flanagan Brothers - Topic
  • Tunes We Play on Paddy's Day - Copperplate[8]

Compilations with Others[edit]

  • 2010 Irish Dance Music - Topic
  • 2010 Past Masters of Irish Dance Music - Topic
  • 2010 Round The House and Mind The Dresser - Topic

In 2009 My Irish Molly O from The Flanagan Brothers was included in Topic Records 70 year anniversary boxed set Three Score and Ten as track seven on the third CD.


  1. ^ Fintan Vallely (1999). The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. NYU Press. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-0-8147-8802-8. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Joseph J. Lee; Marion R. Casey (2006). Making the Irish American: The History And Heritage of the Irish in the United States. NYU Press. pp. 709–. ISBN 978-0-8147-5208-1. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Malcolm Miller (2001). The accordion in all its guises. Harwood Academic Publishers. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Geoff Wallis; Sue Wilson (2001). The Rough Guide to Irish Music. Rough Guides, Limited. ISBN 978-1-85828-642-6. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  5. ^ P. J. Curtis (1 February 1994). Notes from the heart: a celebration of traditional Irish music. Torc. ISBN 978-1-898142-07-2. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b New Hibernia Review. Center for Irish Studies, University of St. Thomas. 1998. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Hall, Reg (2010). Past Masters of Irish Dance Music (booklet). Topic Records. p. 21. TSCD604. 
  8. ^ Chandler, Keith (16 March 1997). "Review of The Tunes we Like to Play on Paddy's Day on Musical Traditions". Retrieved 28 February 2015.