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Established in 1992, the Ward Irish Music Archives houses the largest public collection of Irish music in America. It is named after John J. Ward Jr., father of Irish Fest founder Ed Ward. The archive currently consists of more than 40,000 Irish music recordings and pieces of memorabilia ranging from rare 78 rpm's, LP's and sheet music to song books, instruments, and concert memorabilia. Many of the archives items are extremely difficult to find today, and our diverse collections focus on subjects such as Irish traditional music, Irish folk songs, Scottish music, and Irish contributions to American popular music.

Website: http://irishfest.com/Music-Archives.htm
Dunn Family Collection: http://archives.irishfest.com/dunn-family-collection.htm

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Myles O'Malley: The Swallow's Tail/The Heather Breeze (reels)

Posted on November 17, 2015 at 20:00 0 Comments

Here's another digitized 78 rpm disc of Myles O'Malley. This set features a set of reels on solo whistle with piano accompaniment by Eileen White (who also recorded sides with Frank Quinn).

We detailed O'Malley's personal background back in June of 2014, which you can review here: …


Edward Cronin - Cylinder Recordings

Posted on May 16, 2015 at 12:00 0 Comments

Edward Cronin’s performances on the O'Neill cylinders are a revelation; they make it abundantly clear that he was a major stylist in the idiom of Irish traditional fiddle playing.

Cronin was born around 1838 in Limerick Junction, County Tipperary. As a boy, Cronin was already in demand as a fiddler, playing tunes and long dances for experienced dancers. A weaver by trade, he…


150 Years of Patsy Touhey

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 18:00 0 Comments

Uilleann piper Patsy Touhey was born 150 years ago today (February 26, 1865). To celebrate, we've compiled a playlist of all Touhey's cylinder recordings from the Dunn Family Collection and UCC's Henebry/O'Neill Wax Cylinder Collection.

It includes 40 tracks clocking in at 1 hour 35 minutes.…


Edward Herborn and James Wheeler: The Rambler's Jig

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 18:30 0 Comments

The Edward Herborn and James Wheeler accordion/banjo duo were the first musicians that Ellen O'Byrne offered up to Columbia to record Irish dance tunes. Since the deal required O'Byrne to buy 500 to 1,000 copies in advance to sell through the O'Byrne Dewitt store, she went door-to-door in the Irish neighborhoods to announce the impending release of the recording.…


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