From Ballymote To Brooklyn

By Paddy Killoran and James Morrison

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  1. Tansey’s Favourite
    The Heathery Breeze
  2. The Jolly Tinker
    Pretty Girls From Mayo
  3. The Geese In The Bog
  4. Aye Surely
    The Steeplechase
  5. Harvest Time
    The Derry
  6. McGovern’s Favourite
    Tom Ward’s Downfall
  7. Farrel O’Gara’s
    The Silver Spire
  8. The Luck Penny
    The Coach Road To Sligo
  9. The Sligo Maid
    Molloy’s Favourite
  10. The Mullingar Races
    The Boy On The Hilltop
  11. Roaring Mary
    The Maids Of Castlebar
  12. McDermott’s
    Memories Of Sligo
  13. The Maids Of Mount Cisco
    The Hunter’s Purse
  14. The Humours Of Lissadell
    Sweeney’s Dream
  15. Irish Girl
    The Musical Priest
  16. The Tailor’s Thimble
    Red Haired Lass
  17. The Plains Of Boyle
  18. The Fisherman’s Lilt
    Colonel Frazer
    New Tobacco
  19. The Tap Room
    Moving Bogs
  20. Kitty’s Wedding
    The Rambler
  21. Hollybush
    Captain Kelly
    Moving Bogs
  22. Dunphy’s
    The Flowers Of Ballymote
  23. McFadden’s
    The Blackberry Blossom
  24. My Love Is But A Lassie
    The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue

Three comments

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 )


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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.