New ITMA CD & Booklet

‘The Westmeath Hunt: William Mullaly: The First Irish Concertina Player on Record’, a CD and booklet of the historic 1926 & 1927 New York concertina recordings of William Mullaly from Westmeath

The most important recordings ever made of the concertina in Irish traditional music are undoubtedly those by the Westmeath virtuoso William J. Mullaly. His 10 tracks, recorded in New York in the golden age of Irish music in the 1920s, were the first ever released by an Irish concertina player, and they represented the Irish concertina on record for over three decades, until the 1960s. Mullaly’s superb playing was a decisive influence on the development of the concertina tradition in Ireland, and his recordings are the first sonic evidence we have of that tradition.

This publication contains the entire collection of William Mullaly’s recordings. Full justice is done to the importance of his place in the Irish tradition, with high standards of audio and accompanying information. For the CD, the recordings have been expertly remastered to a state of pristine clarity by Harry Bradshaw. The generously illustrated accompanying booklet presents detailed information about Mullaly’s life and career by Harry Bradshaw; full discographic information about his recordings by Nicholas Carolan; and expert descriptions of his playing style and his music repertoire, complete with detailed transcriptions of every piece he played on record, by Jackie Small.

This flagship reissue publication is a treasure not only for those interested in the concertina, but for all followers of the Irish music tradition.

Viva Voce & Irish Traditional Music Archive VV-ITMA CD 101 (10 tracks + 60-page booklet with 19 tune transcriptions).

For more detailed information please see the attached press release.
The book is available for purchase from the ITMA online shop.