This album serves as a complementary release to Irish Dance Music (TSCD602). It is a collection of early recordings (1923-49) of some of the greatest Irish traditional musicians ever to set foot in the recording studio. As well as solos from pipes and accordion there are duets, small groups and ceilidh bands. The album is accompanied by detailed historical notes and biographies, and has been re-mastered from rare original recordings to the highest standards.

Belhavel Trio : reels – Sporting Paddy / Murphy’s Favourite The Haymaker
Joe Maguire’s Pride of Erne Orchestra : medley of jigs – The Rose in the Heather / The Frost is All Over
Tom Ennis, James Morrison & John Muller : medley of Irish reels – Lime Stone Rock
The Four Provinces Orchestra : polka – Leather Away with the Wattle O’
Myles (Tin Whistle) O’Malley & his Orchestra : medley of hornpipes – The Kildare Fancy / The Boys of Blue Hill
Moate Ceilidh Band : reels – Salamanca / Roaring Mary
Patrick Killoran & his Pride of Erin Orchestra : Highland flings – Donegal Lasses / Stirling Castle
Peter Conlon : reels – The Flax in Bloom / The Bag of Potatoes
9 John McGettigan’s Three-leaf Shamrock Orchestra : Highland Schottische Medley
10  Michael Grogan : medley of reels – The Mountain Lark / The Traveller
11 Ballinakil (Co. Galway) Traditional Dance Players : hornpipes – Honeysuckle / Pound Hill
12  Stephen Maloney & Tommy Whelan : jig – The Pipe on the Job
13  Ballinakil (Co. Galway) Traditional Dance Players : reels – Knocknagow / Fowling Piece
14  Frank Fallon’s Orchestra : Liverpool Hornpipe / Red Haired Lad
15  Siasma Gaedheal Ceilidhe Band : Irish jig medley – King of the Jigs / An t’Athair Jack Walsh / MacDonagh’s Jig
16  Flanagan Brothers : reels – The Auld Blackthorn
17  Flanagan Brothers : Irish jigs – Rakes of Clonmel introducing Sarsfield’s Jig
18  Pat Roche’s Harp & Shamrock Orchestra : reel medley – Green Mountain / Longford Lass
19  Rosaleen Quartet : reel – The Maid Behind the Bar
20  Seamus Ennis : jigs – The Cavan Brigade / When the Cock Crow It is Day / Sixpenny Money
21  Ballinamore Ceilidhe Band : reels – Bag of Spuds / Rakish Paddy
22  Aughrim Slopes Ceilidhe Band : jigs – The Monaghan Jig / Henchy’s Delight
23  Aughrim Slopes Ceilidhe Band : reels – Geoghan’s Favourite / Galway Rambler / London Lassies

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