78rpm Disc of the Week - Billy Caples & His Orchestra

78rpm Disc of the Week - Billy Caples & His Orchestra

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78rpm Disc 151: Billy Caples & His Orchestra: Old Maids of Galway/George White’s Favorites (reels)

This week’s disc features an ensemble led by accordionist Billy Caples on a couple reels. Boston-based Caples was inspired by Joe Derrane and early 78rpm recordings. He played in Johnny Powell’s band before leading his own group. Caples was also a founding member of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Released on the Irish Records label (I-3007). From the Ted McGraw Collection, McGraw 78 03-282.

Re: 78rpm Disc of the Week - Billy Caples & His Orchestra

Fab as usual! I think I can hear, of all things, washboard on this!

Re: 78rpm Disc of the Week - Billy Caples & His Orchestra

Not mention the ‘cowbell’ 1.29! Got to take one of these to my next session, Yeeehaa!

Re: 78rpm Disc of the Week - Billy Caples & His Orchestra

Well spotted Mr Knoss! Maybe it’s time for the washboard complete with bells, bike horns and whistles to be reintroduced into Trad Irish Music!

Re: 78rpm Disc of the Week - Billy Caples & His Orchestra

Are we mishearing a ‘Ceilidh Band’ drum set ‘clopper’?

The Shandrum Céilí Band.

Bottom LHS of screen, you can see one on their drum.
https://youtu.be/yxpYm9VM1go?t=149


About 9 inches long by 3 deep and 4 wide, the box is hollow with slit opening on one side facing the audience, and it is mounted on the top of the bass drum in the center between the high hat cymbal/s.

Re: 78rpm Disc of the Week - Billy Caples & His Orchestra

Good fun, thanks for posting. Sounds like a raucous session going on and everyone’s having a heck of a good time.