1917 – 2004
‘You have a right to be happy’.
Of the three Russell brothers, it can be said
of Gussie that his was the life that was least changed by
the music, though he lived and breathed it as much as Micho
and Packie. He continued to farm the small family holding.
He also worked in the quarrying of the flagstone
in Doonagore. He fished off the rocks near the Cliffs of Moher,
and he travelled out on his Honda 50 motorcycle. His musical
instruments were the tin whistle and flute, which he played
with great accomplishment.
His repertoire of tunes was as extensive and
varied as his brothers, though his natural shyness and self-effacement
meant he was often the ‘forgotten’ brother. Yet his talent
was much admired.
Where and when he felt comfortable and at ease
he played but otherwise people did not intrude in his privacy.
As often he preferred to simply sit in on the
music sessions and listen; his upper body swaying to the music,
his eyes transfixed in some concentration of the tune as if
he was playing. Gussie Russell died May 18, 2004.
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Selected Tapes, Records, CDs, Videos
The Russell Family of Doolin, Co. Clare; Micho, Pakie and Gusie Russell.
Recorded by John Tams and Neil Wayne in O'Connor's Bar, Doolin January
1974. Published in 1975 by Topic Records.
Under the Cliffs of Moher. Producer: Pearse Gillmore. Xeric Records.
The Limestone Rock. Producer: Brian O'Rourke. GTD Heritage Recording
Co. Ltd, Galway.
Micho Russell, Traditional Country Music of Co. Clare. Producer: Neil
Wayne. Three Reed.
Ireland’s Whistling Ambassador - Micho Russell of Doolin, Co.
Clare, Producer: Bill Ochs, 1995 The Pennywhistler’s Press (Includes
a 28-page booklet)
Ireland's Whistling Ambassador, Micho Russell. 1993. Producer:
Bill Ochs. Pennywhistler's Press N.Y.