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4284 Ballinasloe Fair - Early Recordings of Irish Music in America 1920 - 1930

SKU: $16.99
This unique collection of classic Irish recordings from the 1920s embraces an extraordinary variety of performers and musical styles. Both immigrant and American-born Irish musicians perform tunes drawn from the Irish countryside as well as Boston's and New York's dance halls and the vaudeville stage. These are THE legends of Irish music - Packie Dolan, Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Band, Dinny Doyle, Larry Griffin, John Sheridan, Neil Nolan and many others. But these recordings were not taken from 78 records. They were digitally remastered from recently discovered metal masters (the original stamps used to make 78 records!) which have never been played so the sound quality is so clean it's as if they arrived magically from a time machine! With extensive notes on the history of Irish music in America by well-known musicologist Mick Moloney, this is the quintessential CD for Irish music connoisseurs and first- time listeners alike. Frank Murphy of County Mayo plays "The Mason's Apron" on the melodeon, from a 1928 side for The Victor Company.