New Aggie Whyte (1920‑1979) CD now available from ITMA online shop

Aggie Whyte (1920-1979) was an accomplished and highly regarded traditional Irish fiddle player, who hailed from Ballinakill, Co. Galway. Her grandson, fiddle-player Michael Harrison has compiled and now released a new double album and 16 page booklet celebrating the life and music of this iconic player.

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Aggie Whyte: Traditional Irish Fiddle Music from East Galway
available to purchase online at ITMA

Aggie came from generations of musicians; her father, Tommy Whyte, was a founding-member of the famous Ballinakill Céilí Band. She was awarded the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition in Cavan in 1954 and the Gold Medal in the competition for traditional fiddle playing at the Oireachtas in 1958.

The collection is made up of solos and ensembles featuring Fr. PJ Kelly, Eddie Moloney, Peadar O’Loughlin, Joe Burke, Elizabeth Crotty, Micho Russell, Paddy Carty, Séamus Connolly, Paddy Fahey, Jack Coughlan, Áine Hynes, The Ballinakill Céili Band and her husband Séamus Ryan singing alongside her twin daughters Kathleen and Maureen.

ITMA is delighted to have played its role by digitising the reel-to-reel recordings used by Michael in this album.

Coming soon on ITMA Blogs will be a special feature on the project written by Michael. Keep in touch.