Paul Brock, writes in the sleeve notes of Mo Chairdin - "The Ballina Lasses comes from the playing of Paddy Killoran & his Pride of Erin Orchestra. Killoran, another of the legendary Sligo fiddlers, spent most of his life in the USA & recorded a series of solo and duet recordings. He also recorded with a number of bands including Killoran’s Irish Entertainers; Paddy Killoran’s Irish-American Serenaders."
Harry Bradley and Jesse Smith also recorded this on their "The Tap Room Trio" album.
What a magnificent tune. I had the first part of this tune ringing in my head for the past week or so and couldn’t place where I heard it. Then I found while looking through my recordings, on Paul Brock’s "Mo Cairdín" album. Great on the flute, and just a lovely melody in general.
I’ve heard a recording of Johnny Henry
playing this tune and he mentions one "Jeremiah Martin" in connection with it.
For me, it sounds very much like a local version of "Come West Along the Road" - or maybe it’s the other way round - CWATR is a version of Ballina Lasses!
Another recording of this tune on Aoife Granville’s Saihmin So CD
Third tune in the set of:
Kitty’s Gone a Milking
Come Up To The Room (Ballina Lasses)