Back In Town

By Paddy Killoran

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1930’s recording

This album was recorded in the 1930’s and printed by Shanachie records in 1977, 33003.

This album was certainly not ‘recorded in the 1930s’ (!), but consists of remastered 78s from that period.

For the record, the first track is listed on the LP as ‘Sligo Maids’ Lament/Malloy’s Favourite’ and the first tune of track 11 is listed as ‘Maid of Mount Kisco’.

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The music on this album was recorded in the 1930s.

Since the OP’s first language is probably not English, the semantic issue is probably mystifying to him.

Oh, sorry, I also meant to say, thanks for posting this, Osvaldo. Killoran is probably my favourite player from this era.

Back In Town by Paddy Killoran

From the LP sleeve, a description of Paddy Killoran’s playing style:

"Paddy’s style is that of a professional player for dances, clear and accurate in rhythm and with an excellent swing. It is a Sligo fiddle style but more brisk in tempo than most and with less ornamentation, variations in tune and modulation in volume than that of say Michael Coleman. Killoran was not given to rolls, but relied heavily on one note triplets. A characteristic phrase of his was a note protracted to a quarter-note value terminated by a triplet on the same note. This produced a contrast of long and short durations as may be heard on McGovern’s Favorite and The Maid of Castlebar."

For those who may be interested, in the photo on the LP sleeve, Killoran’s violin is strung with a steel E, a plain gut A, and what appear to be wound gut D and G. The three lower strings would have been tuned from the pegs. His bow hold appears to be one of the "classical" varieties, with the index finger wrapped round the stick and the other fingers just hanging there, except for the fourth finger which would be brought into play to balance the stick when bowing near the frog end. This matches in well with his superb command of bowing. The distribution of rosin on the strings indicates that most of his bowing was halfway between bridge and fingerboard - you don’t play any closer to the fingerboard than that when using gut strings unless you want to lose tone.

Definitely one of my favorite fiddlers from that era.