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:
3.The Flanagan Brothers
4.James J. Mullan
5.Peter "PJ" Conlon
14.The Flanagan Brothers
15.Pat Roche’s Harp And Shamrock Orchestra
18.Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band
19.Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band
"Farewell to Ireland"
~ 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.