Sheridan and Flynn, “Down Went McGinty”


Erin Go Bragh! Sure and ’tis another St. Patty’s Day post!

Frank B. Sheridan and Joe Flynn were a stereotypical Irish comedy team of the 1870s through the 1890s, who became best known for the song represented above, about a fella named Dan McGinty who keeps falling down! They were old school variety (pre-vaudeville) men of the same stripe as Harrigan and Hart and the Kernell Brothers. They toured with Muldoon’s Variety Players and in New York at such venues as Brooklyn’s Hyde and Behman’s.

Here’s the only performed version of the song I could find online:

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.


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