Cronin And Burke

By Johnny Cronin and Joe ‘Banjo’ Burke

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  1. The Ships Are Sailing
    The Longford Collector
  2. The Cat Rambles To The Child’s Saucepan
    The Bunratty Boys
  3. Doherty’s
    Toss The Feathers
  4. Knockabout
    As I Went Out Upon The Ice
    The Ballydesmond
  5. Martin Wynne’s
    Pride Of The Bronx
  6. Top Of Cork Road
    Wandering Minstrel
  7. Micko Russel’s
    The Old Copperplate
  8. Leprechaun
    Dingle Regatta
  9. Drag Her Around The Road
    Martin Wynne’s
  10. Plains Of Boyle
    The First Sign of Light
  11. Farewell To Ireland
    The Blackthorn Stick
  12. O’Keefe’s
    Johnny Leary’s

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Johnny Cronin & Joe “Banjo” Burke

Shanachie 29005 - 1977
As with all Shanachie records that I’ve got there are excellent sleeve notes & notation for 7 of the tunes - 4 slides & 3 polkas.

“Johnny Cronin comes from the village of Gneevguilla in Co. Kerry.”

“Joe Burke was born in Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny.”

Piano accompaniment is by Jerry Wallace, who was born in Belfast. Interestingly, “He won the All-Ireland Championship on the Piccollo at the Fleadh Cheoil at Boyle in 1960…”

Sleeve notes are by Mick Moloney

As a foot-note.
In around 1979 I, with a group of friends, entered a group competition, while I was living near Portlaoise.
We were called the ‘Coolrain Quartet’ & in those days I still played the Banjo.
Anyway, we got through the first round but I decided to head off on my peregrinations and the guys had to find a substitute for the finals in Dublin & Joe Banjo Burke was my stand in. Well, of course they won, & the first prize was a trip to New York, not much novelty value in that for a far travelled man like Joe of course, but it’s just as well I dropped out, cause I don’t fly anyway!

I always enjoyed Joe’s steady Banjo playing.
He was also a very fine singer & a real character too.

Dragut Reis,

Does Shanachie know that you’re making this album freely available?

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The 1st tune of track 6 named “On Top Of Cork Road” (which is another name for Father O`Flynn) is definetly a jig called “The Nightingale”, recorded for example by Bobby Casey (Taking Flight) or Luke Plumb (A Splendid Notion). “On Top Of Cork Road” is clearly mislabeled.

Can I get a copy of this for CD?