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Wheels of the World, Vol. 1

Much traditional Irish repertoire currently enjoying such a hearty renaissance was all but lost in Ireland several decades ago. Standard tunes like "Ballinasloe Fair," "Rakish Paddy" and "Drowsy Maggie" might now be extinct, were it not for hundreds of 78's made in the 1920s and 30s by Irish immigrants in America. In pubs and dance halls all over the states, flautist John McKenna, fiddler Michael Coleman, accordionist Peter Conlon, and a host of others kept the sod fires burning, their recordings an unwitting repository of songs and styles that several generations of Irish and Irish-American players have since reclaimed. This two-disc set is the motherlode--46 tunes mastered directly from the 78's, some of them extremely rare and retaining all their scratchy charm. Many of the performances--uilleann piper Patrick J. Touhy's "The Steampacket/Morning Star/Miss McCleod" reel set, for example--are simply jaw-dropping. Buy this set for its historical significance; listen to it for its pure brilliance. --Erik Goldman

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/1997
Label: Yazoo
UPC: 0016351700827
catalogNumber: 7008
Rank: 137182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Coleman   Fiddle
Paddy Killoran   Fiddle,Track Performer
Flanagan Brothers   Track Performer
Peter Coleman   Button Accordion
Frank Quinn   Fiddle,Track Performer
Tommy Banks   Piano
John McKenna   Track Performer
Paddy Sweeney   Fiddle,Track Performer
Ed Geoghegan   Piano
Patrick J. Touchey   Track Performer
Patrick J. Touhey   uillean pipes
Joe Maguire   Fiddle,Track Performer
Michael Carney   Track Performer,uillean pipes
Edward Mullaney   Track Performer,uillean pipes
Packie Dolan   Fiddle,Track Performer
Patrick Stack   Fiddle,Track Performer
John McKenna   Track Performer
James Morrison   Fiddle
Pat White   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Richard Nevins   Producer
Joan Pelosi   Art Direction
John Ennis   Liner Notes
Don Meade   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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