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Jackie Roche

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Middle: Jackie Roche ; Right: James Morrison / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1930s - 1940s. Image courtesy Richard Nevins

In 1958, Avoca issued Irish Violin, an LP recording of Brooklyn fiddler (and James Morrison protégé) Jackie Roche, as well as Irish Violin and Accordion, Roche’s collaboration with box player Timmy Cronin. These were the first LP-format discs of purely traditional Irish music recorded in the U.S., though many tracks were initially released as 78s or, for juke box use, 45 rpm discs.  Roche also maintained a popular dance band in which saxophone, piano, drums joined his fiddle, Timmy Cronin’s accordion and Jack McKenna’s electric guitar with a repertoire that mixed foxtrots, quicksteps and waltzes with more traditional tunes.

Now playing: Loudon's bonnie woods, highland ; The highland maid, highland ; Money musk, highland / Jackie Roche, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, guitar ; unidentified, bass
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  1. Loudon's bonnie woods, highland ; The highland maid, highland ; Money musk, highland / Jackie Roche, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, guitar ; unidentified, bass

    Loudon's bonnie woods, highland ; The highland maid, highland ; Money musk, highland / Jackie Roche, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, guitar ; unidentified, bass

  2. Irish rambles, barndance ; If there weren't any women in the world, barndance / Jackie Roche and his Irish dance band, instrumental group

    Irish rambles, barndance ; If there weren't any women in the world, barndance / Jackie Roche and his Irish dance band, instrumental group

  3. The morning star, reel ; The musical priest, reel ; The swallow's tail, reel / Timmy Cronin, accordion ; Jackie Roche, banjo

    The morning star, reel ; The musical priest, reel ; The swallow's tail, reel / Timmy Cronin, accordion ; Jackie Roche, banjo

  4. Offaly favourite, barndance ; Twilight in Athlone, barndance / Timmy Cronin, accordion ; Jackie Roche, banjo

    Offaly favourite, barndance ; Twilight in Athlone, barndance / Timmy Cronin, accordion ; Jackie Roche, banjo

James Morrison and Jackie Roche / Unidentified photographer
James Morrison and Jackie Roche / Unidentified photographer
James Morrison ; Jackie Roche / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1930s - 1940s. Image courtesy Richard Nevins
 
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James Morrison and Jackie Roche / Unidentified photographer

James Morrison and Jackie Roche / Unidentified photographer

James Morrison and Jackie Roche / Unidentified photographer

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Jackie Roche, fiddle ; James Morrison, fiddle ; Paddy Sweeney, fiddle / Unidentified photographer
Jackie Roche, fiddle ; James Morrison, fiddle ; Paddy Sweeney, fiddle / Unidentified photographer
 
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Jackie Roche, fiddle ; James Morrison, fiddle ; Paddy Sweeney, fiddle / Unidentified photographer

Jackie Roche, fiddle ; James Morrison, fiddle ; Paddy Sweeney, fiddle / Unidentified photographer

Jackie Roche, fiddle ; James Morrison, fiddle ; Paddy Sweeney, fiddle / Unidentified photographer

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Irish Violin, LP Cover
Irish Violin, LP Cover
 
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Irish Violin, LP Cover

Irish Violin, LP Cover

Irish Violin, LP Cover

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