3 CDs, part 1 of a two-part set
Some of the most talented young traditional musicians from rural Ireland found themselves in London in the 1950s, working on the buildings and in heavy construction, away from home, but among hundreds of people like themselves. Music was played in pubs and dance halls and, for a decade or two almost every night of the week, Camden Town, Fulham and neighbouring boroughs were buzzing. Even as far as the outer suburbs, in some back-street pub or other, there was great music to be found, that is, if you knew where to look for it. Beyond the gaze of mainstream…
3 CDs, part 2 of a two-part set
Irish traditional music was well-established in pubs and dance halls and at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann meetings in Greater London by the mid-1960s, the ground work having been done by a generation of young musicians from rural Ireland, who came over in the 1950s to work in the building and construction trades. They set high standards of musicianship and subtle social values related to music-making, and their contribution to the music is presented in a companion 3-CD album, "It was mighty!" The Early Days of Irish Music in London (Topic TSCD679T). In an unbroken line of descent, the tradition continues,…
Early ballads in Ireland 1968-1985 Double CD
Originally published on cassette in 1985 for the Folk Music Society of Ireland.
Re-issued in 2015 on two CDs by Góilín Singers Club, Dublin.
Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts
ITMA welcomes the launch of a new CD by Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes, flute, whistle), Emer Mayock (flute, whistle) & Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle): TUNES FROM THE GOODMAN MANUSCRIPTS. The tunes are drawn from ITMA’s 1998 book publication Tunes of the Munster Pipers, edited by Hugh Shields from the 1860s music manuscripts of Canon James Goodman (a second volume of selections is nearing completion). One of the aims of the original publication was to provide contemporary musicians with ‘new’ traditional music which they might re-create for the present time, and many musicians, especially uilleann pipers, now include Goodman tunes in…
Johnny Doran : The Master Pipers. Volume 1
Johnny Doran has long been acknowledged as one of the greatest uilleann pipers known to traditional music. The influence exerted by his music on other players is incalcuable, and remarkable especially for a musician who never issued a commercial recording. The only recordings of Johnny Doran's music in existence consist of nine acetate discs made by the Irish Folklore Commission in 1947. These recordings are now held in the sound archive of the UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection.
The Westmeath Hunt: William Mullaly: The First Irish Concertina Player on Record
William Mullaly was the first and one of the best Irish concertina players to issue commercial records. His discs, made in the United States in the 1920s, have been immensely influential and have contributed greatly to popularising the concertina in Irish traditional music.
The entire collection of Mullaly's recordings has been newly remastered for this reissue CD by Harry Bradshaw. It is accompanied by 60-page illustrated booklet by Harry Bradshaw, Nicholas Carolan and Jackie Small.
Around the Hills of Clare: Songs and a Recitation from the Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie Collection
Songs and a recitation from the Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie Collection
Travellers and Fellow-Travellers: Keepers of the Flame
Music and song have always been important to Traveller life and culture. This collection, which includes some of the best examples of recorded music and song by Travellers, is being released as part of Pavee Point's twentieth anniversary celebrations
Live Recordings from the William Kennedy Piping Festival
Armagh Pipers Club presents Live Recordings from the William Kennedy Piping Festival. This CD is the first in what is hoped to be a series reflecting the richness and diversity of the world of piping taken from live recordings at concerts and recitals. It is thanks to the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Glenn Comiskey that we have this unique and valuable resource and it is thanks also to the generosity of the pipers over the years who have given us their permission to release these recordings and bring them to a wider audience than could ever attend the…
Whist: Irish Traveller Folktales and Songs / Cassidy Family
People have always told stories and sung songs, and always will. The sung and spoken narratives in this collection are international, all of them travellers in their own way, as Johnny Cassidy and his family were. Their tales and songs represent a vibrant oral tradition stretching back hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years. Collected by Alen MacWeeney from the Cassidy Family in Dublin, 1967