Larry McKee And The Shandonairs
This was their fourth LP. The emphasis on this recording is strict tempo for dancers, with the whole 2nd side devoted to set dances.
This one was released on the Dominion label - LPS 93066
Their previous LPs were:
Let’s have a Ceili - LPS 1377
Come Back to Erin - LPS 1382
Musical Sounds of Ireland - LPS 48502
This group, who have strong Ulster connections, were:
Larry McKee - 1st Accordion - He emigrated from Dungannon, Co Tyrone in the late 50’s to Toronto.
Bob Patton - 2nd Accordion - Born in Newtonards, Co Down.
George Wilson - Violin & Mandolin - From Ballynashee, Co. Antrim. Won 32 Irish Fiddle Championships, including the All Ireland.
Jimmy O’Neill - Drums - A native of Larne, Co. Antrim.
Vic Jensen - Guitar & Piano - The Band’s only native Canadian!
Mike Duke - Bass - From Tara, Co. Meath.
Oh yes, lucky me, this LP was signed by George himself:
George Wilson Regards ‘75
Photo of Co. Antrim Antrim Fiddler George Wilson?
For those on facebook, here’s a link to a photo of two Fiddle players, which was taken at the Lammas Fair in Ballycastle many years ago, which some folks believe includes George Wilson.
How come ppl don’t play these tunes anymore? What happened?
What makes you think "ppl don’t play these tunes anymore" ? Depends where you live.
By the way "Ptarmigan" [ original poster ] - there are a couple of typos, and missing apostrophes which I’m going to edit. Might help with the links. Hope all well with you - Kenny.
Half the album - tracks #10 - #18 - are set dances, which tend not to be played very much in sessions, unfortunately, so "kook" would be right in that sense, although I would think them very common in being played for solo dances.
Tunes in tracks #3, #5 and #6 are certainly regularly played in Scotland - I’ve heard 4 of them played in the last week.