3 CDs, part 2 of a two-part set

Irish traditional music was well-established in pubs and dance halls and at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann meetings in Greater London by the mid-1960s, the ground work having been done by a generation of young musicians from rural Ireland, who came over in the 1950s to work in the building and construction trades.  They set high standards of musicianship and subtle social values related to music-making, and their contribution to the music is presented in a companion 3-CD album, "It was mighty!" The Early Days of Irish Music in London (Topic TSCD679T).  In an unbroken line of descent, the tradition continues, and this later period of fifty years or so is portrayed in this follow-up collection of archive recordings on three CDs.  Many of those early pioneers, great artists by any reckoning, are represented here at the height of their ability.  Most surprising, perhaps, are the many grown children and grandchildren of that original 1950s generation, who retain the original reasons for playing and keep the old styles going, fully integrated into their daily lives. 

Product Type:  CD