Farewell To Ireland CD 1 (of A Box Set Of 4)

By Various Artists

Three comments

Compiled by Ron Kavana - 4 CDs and 80 tracks from the 20s and 30s … essential listening. Proper Records PROPERBOX3

On this CD the artists are as follows:

1.Pat White
2.James Morrison
3.The Flanagan Brothers
4.James J. Mullan
5.Peter "PJ" Conlon
6.Tom Morrison
7.Packie Dolan
8.Paddy Sweeney
9.Michael Coleman
10.Patsy Tuohey
11.John McGettigan
12.Frank Murphy
13.Neil Nolan
14.The Flanagan Brothers
15.Pat Roche’s Harp And Shamrock Orchestra
16.John McKenna
17.Hugh Gillespie
18.Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band
19.Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band
20.Dan Sullivan

"Farewell to Ireland"

http://www.mustrad.org.uk/reviews/prop_box.htm

~ comments with regards to the boxed set of 4 CDs:

"If you like old-fashioned (ie. pre-war) Irish music, or want to know what the music was like when it was danceable, in the days before reels were played at break-neck speed, then this may well be for you.

A useful booklet by Ron Kavana completes the set, containing biographical notes on the performers, and a potted history of the Irish recording scene in the USA before the Depression. "

~ Bernie Cherry - 6.7.99

Farewell to Ireland

I just picked up this little gem for 8 pounds at a charity shop in London over the New Year holiday.
I would agree, generally, with Mr Cherry´s review although, with reference to his comment about " …in the days before reels were played at break-neck speed", some of the tunes on these recordings were played at supersonic speeds. You´d have to be pretty nifty to dance to them !
There´s great music in this collection in spite of some machine gun bodhrán playing and the "Michael Coleman´s Piano Player" school of accompaniment.