Patsy Touhey, Irish-American Piper on Cylinder, 1900s

Patsy Touhey, Irish-American Piper on Cylinder, 1900s

Now playing: The Munster gimlet, jig / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
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  1. The Munster gimlet, jig / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  2. The dandy reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  3. The pretty girl milking her cow, air / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  4. The sword in hand, reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  5. Poll Ha’penny, hornpipe ; The swallow’s tail, reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  6. The humours of Ennistymon, jig ; Molly from Longford, reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  7. Cunningham’s fancy, reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  8. The humours of whisky, reel ; The reel of Bogey / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  9. Fasten the leg in her, jig ; Jenny dang the weaver, reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  10. My love is in America, reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  11. Garryowen, march ; The Fermoy lasses, reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes
  12. Brian the brave , air ; Gardiner’s Daughter, reel / Patsy Touhey, uilleann pipes

Patsy Touhey, Irish-American Piper on Cylinder, 1900s

The uilleann piper Patsy Touhey was the most celebrated Irish traditional musician of his day. Born in 1865 in Co Galway, he flourished in the USA as a professional entertainer and became a prime mover of the Gaelic music revival in the States. Today his music is a byword for unsurpassed virtuosity.

His crucial importance to the history of Irish traditional music is that he is the earliest traditional musician of whom we have a substantial body of sound recordings, giving us a unique insight into the incredibly rich world of traditional music making in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The largest single collection of recordings of Touhey’s music is the Busby-Carney collection, which is now held at the Irish Traditional Music Archive. This collection contains private cylinder recordings made by Touhey himself and often featuring spoken introductions by him. A remastered selection from the collection is given here.

JS, HB & DD, 1 August 2008