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Larry Redican, 1908–1975

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Job of Journeywork recording for RTÉ [Back row: Larry Redican, fiddle ; Ciarán Mac Mathúna, presenter. Front seated: Charlie Mulvihill, accordion ; unidentified, guitar ; Joe Madden, accordion ; Jack Coen, flute ; unidentified, fiddle] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1960s.

Roscommon-born Larry Redican (1908–1975) joined flute players John McKenna and Eddie Meehan, and pianist Frank Fallon on a few 1937 recordings by the “Rosaleen Quartet.” Most of Redican’s music making, however, was heard in private sessions, at Gaelic League céilidhe or step dancing feiseanna.

While he enjoyed a brief career as a 78 rpm recording artist before the war, his real heyday was in the 1950s and 1960s. Redican was particularly in demand to play for dancers. The world of New York step dancing was upended in the 1950s with the arrival from Belfast of teachers Peter and Cyril McNiff, who introduced a new style that radically slowed the tempo to allow for more fancy footwork. To play for this kind of dancing required rock-solid tempo and precision, and Larry Redican was the one recruited by the McNiffs (along with Louis and Sean Quinn) to play with them on a 1961 tour of Ireland. He also joined Andy McGann to play for the McNiff dancers on St. Patrick’s Day-themed television programs hosted by Arthur Godfrey or Ed Sullivan. Redican also played the tenor banjo. He delighted in unearthing old tunes from printed collections and composed a few himself that are still popular with today’s traditional players. He passed away doing what he loved best, playing the fiddle, at the Irish American Society in Mineola, Long Island.   

Now playing: Ostinelli's hornpipe [comp. Louis Ostinelli] / Larry Redican, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano
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  1. Ostinelli's hornpipe [comp. Louis Ostinelli] / Larry Redican, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    Ostinelli's hornpipe [comp. Louis Ostinelli] / Larry Redican, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

  2. King of the clans, reel ; Golden keyboard, reel [comp. Martin Mulhaire] ; The peeler's jacket, reel / New York Céilí Band [Paddy O'Brien, accordion ; Andy McGann, fiddle ; Larry Redican, fiddle ; Jack Coen, flute ; Gerry Wallace, piccolo ; Felix

    King of the clans, reel ; Golden keyboard, reel [comp. Martin Mulhaire] ; The peeler's jacket, reel / New York Céilí Band [Paddy O'Brien, accordion ; Andy McGann, fiddle ; Larry Redican, fiddle ; Jack Coen, flute ; Gerry Wallace, piccolo ; Felix

  3. The New York jig ; Contentment is wealth, jig ; The Killimor jig [comp. Seán Ryan] / New York Céilí Band [Paddy O'Brien, accordion ; Andy McGann, fiddle ; Larry Redican, fiddle ; Jack Coen, flute ; Gerry Wallace, piccolo ; Felix Dolan, piano]

    The New York jig ; Contentment is wealth, jig ; The Killimor jig [comp. Seán Ryan] / New York Céilí Band [Paddy O'Brien, accordion ; Andy McGann, fiddle ; Larry Redican, fiddle ; Jack Coen, flute ; Gerry Wallace, piccolo ; Felix Dolan, piano]

Larry Redican /  Unidentified photographer
Larry Redican / Unidentified photographer
 
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Larry Redican / Unidentified photographer

Larry Redican /  Unidentified photographer

Larry Redican / Unidentified photographer

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Larry Redican, Seán McGuire and Louis Quinn / Unidentified photographer
Larry Redican, Seán McGuire and Louis Quinn / Unidentified photographer
 
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Larry Redican, Seán McGuire and Louis Quinn / Unidentified photographer

Larry Redican, Seán McGuire and Louis Quinn / Unidentified photographer

Larry Redican, Seán McGuire and Louis Quinn / Unidentified photographer

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Quinns, Redicans and McNiff dancers / Unidentified photographer
Quinns, Redicans and McNiff dancers / Unidentified photographer
Quinns, Redicans and McNiff dancers [Mary Lou Quinn ; Jim Buckley, Peggy Buckley ; Larry Redican ; Jimmy Erwin ; Hannah O'Sullivan ; Catherine Erwin ; Nick Erwin ; Seán Quinn ; Geraldine Mulvihill ; Louis Quinn ; Charlie Mulvihill ; Mary Quinn ; Tom Hynes ; Tommy Mulvihill ; Sally Quinn Hynes] / Unidentified photographer. New York, 22433. Image courtesy Seán Quinn.
 
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Quinns, Redicans and McNiff dancers / Unidentified photographer

Quinns, Redicans and McNiff dancers / Unidentified photographer

Quinns, Redicans and McNiff dancers / Unidentified photographer

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New York Céilí Band /  Unidentified photographer
New York Céilí Band / Unidentified photographer
Felix Dolan, piano ; Paddy Reynolds, fiddle ; Paddy O'Brien, accordion ; Chris Darcy, drums ; Andy McGann, fiddle ; Steve Quinn, accordion ; Michael Dorney, flute ; Larry Redican, fiddle ; Gerry Wallace, piccolo / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1960s. Image courtesy Eileen O'Brien.
 
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New York Céilí Band / Unidentified photographer

New York Céilí Band /  Unidentified photographer

New York Céilí Band / Unidentified photographer

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The wedding of Felix and Joan Dolan / Unidentified photographer
The wedding of Felix and Joan Dolan / Unidentified photographer
Paddy O'Brien, accordion ; Jimmy Geraghty, tin whistle ; Felix Dolan, piano ; Andy McGann, fiddle ; Gerry Wallace, piccolo ; Larry Redican, fiddle, performing at the wedding of Joan and Felix Dolan / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1960s.
 
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The wedding of Felix and Joan Dolan / Unidentified photographer

The wedding of Felix and Joan Dolan / Unidentified photographer

The wedding of Felix and Joan Dolan / Unidentified photographer

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