Early Recordings Of Irish Traditional Dance Music

By John Kimmel

  1. Cuckoo’s Nest
    The Mason’s Apron
  2. The Rakes Of Kildare
    Devlin’s Favourite
  3. Bonnie Kate
    Swallow’s Tail
    The Star Of Munster
  4. Gan Ainm
    Wilson’s Clog
  5. Haste To The Wedding
    Larry O’Gaff
  6. Irish Boy March
  7. Haley’s Favourite
    Gan Ainm
  8. The Rights Of Man
  9. Floggan
    The Cup Of Tea
  10. Three Little Drummer Boys
    Connaughtman’s Ramble
    To The Ladies
    Devlin’s Favourite
  11. Bryant’s Favourite
    Birds In The Tree
  12. Contentment Is Wealth
    Tatter Jack Walsh
  13. Salamango
    Off Key
    The Merry Blacksmith
  14. Stack Of Barley
    Blackberry Blossoms
    Green Fields Of America
  15. The Trip To The Cottage

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John J. Kimmel: Early Recordings of Irish Traditional Dance Music"

Leader Records, 1977 / 1997
Masters of Irish Music Series
LEDCD 2060

A short offering from the back of the included booklet:

"John J. Kimmel (1866 - 1942) is worthy of attention for a number of reasons. Not only was he a lively and entertaining exponent of the melodeon or old-fashioned accordion, but he was the first musician to record Irish traditional music commercially, and as the first in the field he demonstrated the sales potential for records among the Irish communities in America. He seems to have possessed original qualities in his playing and he is known to have influenced later musicians. His repertoire includes unusual settings of well-known Irish tunes, obscure, but faintly familiar pieces and many reels, jigs and hornpipes current at the beginning of the century. His original discs and cylinders are now rare, but out of something like 150 known recordings, 100 or so were available for selection for this compact disc, whcih covers the bulk of his recorded Irish repertoire. The recordings selected range from 1907 - 1929."

Booklet & notes by Reg Hall

John J. Kimmel ~ more: some cylinder recordings, WAV & MP3

Courtesy of (& a possible place to will your old 78’s for archiving?)

The University of California, Santa Barbara
The Donald C. Davidson Library
The Department of Special Collections

The Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

There are currently 32 cylinder recordings of Kimmel available.

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