The Wyper Brothers
In the late 19th century and early 20th century two brothers from the small town of Blantyre, south of Glasgow, established a music business which was to have far-reaching influence. Experimenting with the new recording techniques, Peter and Daniel Wyper recorded and released first cylinders, then flat 78rpm discs of traditional Scottish and Irish music as well as some pieces inspired by the American Cakewalk and Ragtime genres (e.g. the works of Scots composer Felix Burns) played on the melodeon*. The Wyper Brothers’ recordings spread around the world, from the US to Australia, not least to Ireland.
The brothers cashed in on their success by publishing a tutor for the melodeon which included many Irish tunes. As a thank you to everyone who helped me with my EasyABC problems, I am making this tutor available as a free PDF download; clink on the following link:
* = While in Ireland the term melodeon came to be used specifically for the one-row button accordion, elsewhere it was a more general term. The Wypers’ "melodeons" were two-row 19-key button accordions.