The Catholic Press Saturday 4th April, 1896
THE FUTURE OF IRISH MUSIC
The following is taken from a lecture recently delivered at Belfast by M George McSweeney:-
“Mr Arthur Percival Graves, the author of ‘Father O’Flynn’ has done a great deal for Irish music. He has written scores of songs to Irish airs, and his ‘Irish Song Book’ ought to be in every Irish home. But I think I will be doing no injustice to Mr Graves when I say that Mr Francis A Fahy is, in my humble opinion, the best Irish song-writer alive. As they say in the Irish language, he has more of the true blas on his lips than any singer who has appeared in our generation. I trust that Mr Fahy may continue to use his talents in the same direction.
Freeman’s Journal Thursday 14th November, 1907
Of interest to all lovers of Irish song is any information of the persons who compose the words and music. Reference to two of Ireland’s most gifted children in this respect was madce by Dr Annie Patterson in a recent lecture at Cork. She said;- “Happily, active, and in his prime is Francis A. Fahy. Cheery, bright and full of wit and sympathy are the lyrics he writes, many of which have been delightfully set to music by a gifted countrywoman of ours, Mrs Adelaide A. Needham. We want more poets like Mr Fahy, who is as modest as he is accomplished, and whose work is not only good literature, but is wholly racy of the son.(sic.)