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Tuning the Radio - Early Tradional Recordings from RTÉ Radio - CD

Item Code: RTE285CD
Price €12.99
Some of the finest recordings of Irish traditional music in the RTÉ Sound Archive are made available for the first time with this release.  More Details
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Capturing the sound of traditional music as it was played in the four provinces of Ireland some two generations ago, the twenty five tracks on this CD are a selection of priceless recordings held by the archive of RTÉ Radio.
The recordings, which have never been issued before, were made by the storied collectors of Radio Éireann’s first Mobile Recording Unit in the 1940s and early 1950s, when disc cutting machinery was first transported around the country in the quest to create a representative archive of Irish traditional music.

Now some of the best of these recordings have been digitally restored and re-mastered, and are proudly presented by RTÉ Radio as treasures from the early history of sound archiving in Ireland.


1. Kincora Ceili Band. Reels: Sporting Paddy, The Traveller, The Leitrim Lasses 
2. Spanish sailors. Song: La Mujer 
3. Paddy Killoran (fiddle). Reels: The Old Dúidín, On the Road to Lurgan, The Emlagation Reel 
4. Thomas Moran. Song: Sheemore Fair near Carrick Town 
5. Pat "Packie" Russell (concertina). Reel and jig: Gorman's Kitty's Rambles 
6. Leo Rowsome (uilleann pipes). Reels: The Sligo Maid, Miss McLeod's 
7. Seán Choilm 'ac Dhonncha. Song: Seachrán Chearbhaill 
8. Denis Murphy (fiddle). Reels: The Foot of the Glen, The Road to Town,TheMorning Star 
9. Seán 'ac Dhonncha. Song: Morrissey and the Russian Sailor 
10. Jimmy Lyons (fiddle). Hornpipe: Frank Cassidy's 
11. Cáit Ni Ghallchóir. Song: An Mhaighdean Mhara 
12. Denis Murphy (fiddle) and Johnny O'Leary (accordion). Hornpipes: The Rose of Drishane, Mike Sullivan's 
13. John O'Connell. Song: Kilworth near Fermoy 
14. Pádraig O'Keeffe (fiddle). Jigs: Sheehan's 
15. Diarmuid Ó Ríordáin and Seán Eoin Ó Súilleabháin. Song: Tigh Mór Ard 
16. The Tulla Céilí Band. Reels: Dillon's Fancy, The Bird in the Tree, Doone Hill 
17. Séamus Ennis (uilleann pipes). Reels: The First House in Connaught, Miss Monaghan 
18. Art O'Keeffe. Song: Green Brooms 
19. Paddy Cronin (fiddle). Slides: The Dark Girl in Blue, Across the Road 
20. Hubert Finan and Dominic "Sonny" Flanagan (flutes). Set Dance: The Blackbird 
21. Micky Doherty (fiddle). Air and hornpipe: Tiarna Mhuigheo, The Liverpool
22. Seán Seery (uilleann pipes). Set Dance, slow air, reel and hornpipe: Colonel Rodney, The Bonny Bunch of Roses, The Silver Spear, Higgin's 
23. Joe O'Dowd (fiddle). Slip Jigs: The Foxhunter's, Comb Your Hair and Curl It 
24. Aggie Whyte and Eddie Moloney (fiddle and flute). Reels: The Chattering Magpie, The Flax in Bloom 
25. The Dublin Metropolitan Garda Céilí Band. Hornpipes: The Northern, The Minstrel's Fancy 

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