Ward Irish Music Archives's Blog (10)

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

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: …


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on November 17, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Edward Cronin - Cylinder Recordings

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…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on May 16, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

150 Years of Patsy Touhey

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.…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on February 26, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Edward Herborn and James Wheeler: The Rambler's Jig

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.…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on July 9, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Myles (Tin Whistle) O'Malley and His Orchestra - The Morning Star/The Ships Are Sailing (reels)

Myles O'Malley became known as the Tin Whistle King in the 1930s and led his own successful band during the period.

Born in 1910 to Irish parents in Massachusetts, O'Malley was an avid saxophone player before he picked up the whistle. He performed with the Truman Carew Big Band from Boston after graduating from high school. Carew featured O'Malley on tin whistle for a St. Patrick's Day radio broadcast in 1931; that performance helped propel his popularity on the…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on June 3, 2014 at 15:49 — No Comments

Packie Dolan's Melody Boys: The Grove (Hornpipe)

This hornpipe, a version of “The Liverpool,” was recorded in New York on May 3, 1928 and issued on the Victor label.

Packie Dolan (1904 - 1932) was musically influenced by Sligo fiddlers Michael Coleman and James Morrison. He formed Packie Dolan’s Melody Boys in 1928 to play New York City’s ballroom circuit. His fiddle is featured in this recording alongside tin…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on May 7, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Playlist: Inspiration for the Green Tie Irish-American Serenaders

This year our annual fundraising event to support the Ward Irish Music Archives and the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music, The Green Tie, has a 1920s theme. So our archivist, Jeff Ksiazek and some of the other fabulous…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on February 18, 2014 at 20:30 — No Comments

William Quinn: 1930s Irish American Accordion Player

While doing some more research about Paddy Killoran's larger ensembles, I came across this 78 rpm disc from the David Giovannoni Collection here at WIMA. It was issued on the Montgomery Ward Label under the "Irish Barn Dance Band" name... which was often just one of Killoran's larger groups' recordings reissued under a different name.



Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on February 7, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Paul Ryan, Irish American musician born June 30, 1913

To mark what would have been his 100th birthday, we posted an online biography of New York musician Paul Ryan. Ryan was a frequent collaborator of Paddy Killoran in the 1930s and John O'Neill in the 1950s.

Read more about Paul Ryan on our…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on July 5, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Accordion Awareness Month: Patrick Lynch, 1920s Irish American accordion player

As many of the box aficionados out there will know, June is accordion awareness month. To aid the cause, we here at the Ward Irish Music Archives in Milwaukee have been posting some accordion related material and links to help the cause.

This week we digitized an Edison Diamond…


Added by Ward Irish Music Archives on June 20, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

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