Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 07 December 2019

McNulty Familylocked

  • Ted McGraw


The McNulty Family was the most popular Irish entertainment group in the United States from the 1930s through the 50s. Based in New York City, the group was led by Ann “Ma” McNulty (b Kilteevan, County Roscommon, Ireland, 2 Dec 1887; d New York, NY, 1970) who played Irish button accordion. Her husband, John McNulty, died in 1928. By this time their American born children, Peter (b Dobbs Ferry, NY, 28 April 1917; d New York, NY, 1960), who played violin, piano, danced and sang, and Eileen (b Attleboro, MA, 25 Feb 1915; d Milwaukee, WI, 22 Sept 1989) who danced and sang, were already accomplished entertainers. “Ma” organized this lively, energetic trio as a means of supporting her family.

Their style was an Irish form of vaudeville in which acting and dancing were part of the delivery of a song. Their act included comic skits as well as songs, and even a short play, ...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.

Journal of the Society for American Music