This album is a collection of vintage recordings by two great Sligo fiddlers, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran, who were among the most influential artists in Irish music at the dawn of recording.
This was the first album of very old recordings that I managed to acquire, and I’ve really enjoyed it. It isn’t hard to see why Morrison and Killoran are so well regarded.
The sound is about what you’d expect from something recorded in the ‘20’s and ‘30’s, but it is digitally mastered from the source vinyls, so the audio quality is really not that bad. The tunes come complete with the plonk-plonk accompaniment of the studio pianist, and while it’s not exactly ideal, I didn’t find it too distracting.
Paddy Killoran plays on tracks 1-14, and James Morrison does 15-24. Morrison plays a duet with P.J. Conion on accordion and two with John McKenna on flute. Quite a few of Paddy Killoran’s sets are duets with another fiddler, Paddy Sweeney, including the famous "The Humours of Lissadell/Sweeney’s Dream" duet (which Kevin Burke did on his album "Sweeney’s Dream").
If you’re a fan of the vintage recordings or would like to check out how it was done at the beginning of the century, this album is worth checking out.
(BTW, I got it through http://www.madfortrad.com )
Some of Morrison’s tracks from the original Shanachie release were left off here, including his blistering "Bonnie Kate/Miss Lyon’s Fancy/The Haymaker," perhaps because of the bad audio; and length of CD limitations.
Fantastic stuff, I found both of the original tapes and the Legacy of Michael Coleman in different shops when I became interested in the music, and haven’t seen them since.
The first polka on Track 24 is actually Farewell to Whiskey (https://thesession.org/tunes/1529), and not My Love is But a Lassie.