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Title Sheet Music for Where the River Shannon Flows
Dates of Creation 1906
Scope & Content The sheet music for "Where the River Shannon Flows". Words and music by James I. Russell. Published by M. Witmark & Sons, New York, Chicago, London and San Francisco. Sung by John Russell. Also sung by Matt J. Keefe, of George Evans "Honey Bot Minstrels".
James Russell wrote the song "Where The River Shannon Flows" in 1904 to brighten up The Irish Servant Girls sketch that he, and his brother John, had put on the stages of the theatres of New York since 1870. The Irish Servant Girls sketch, also known as Maids to Order, was a knockabout in which the brothers were dressed as housemaids. The sketch was little more than a sequence of blabbering, throwing household objects and smutty insinuations, but nevertheless it was the highlight of several short plays of The Russell Brothers for over three decades.
In 1904 the song "Where The River Shannon Flows," rendered by John Russell, who was gifted with a rather feminine voice and physique, was added to The Female Detectives, the first full evening's play of the Irish-American Russell brothers.

Year Range from 1906
Year Range to 1906
Subjects Music sheet covers
Sheet music covers
People Russell, James I.
Russell, John
Keefe, Matt J.
Witmark, M.
Collection History Museum Music Collection
Imagefile 016\20063220.JPG
Number of images 1
Object Name Music, Sheet
Catalog Number 2006.32.20
Extent of Description 1-sheet music, 9" x 12"