Category Archives: Irish Music Archives

Remembering Brian Burns: A Lasting Legacy at Burns Library

As we begin this new academic year, we are saddened by the recent loss of our primary benefactor, Brian P. Burns, and fondly recall his warm friendship and the vital roles he played in establishing Burns Library and providing ongoing … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 112

Audio in reel 112 includes Owen Frain on flute; Jimmy Kelly on piano; and Paddy Cronin on fiddle/flute. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 2 Side 1

Audio in reel 2, side 1 includes Hugh Gillespie, Patrick Cawley, Tim Fitzpatrick, and more. Continue reading

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The Allure of Sea Shanties

Everyone is suddenly talking about sea shanties. With COVID-19, work from home has become the reality for many people; isolation and disconnection from the outside world resulting.  Perhaps that is why sea shanties, songs meant to be sung in groups … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 4

Streaming audio: reel 4 from the James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings includes Paddy Cronin, Frank Neylon, Gene Preston, and probably Mike McDonough. Continue reading

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An Early Jack B. Yeats Stenciled “Broad Sheet”

Anyone who has seen one of Jack B. Yeats’s later paintings can easily recognize others. Same for his earlier watercolor work and his pen-and-ink sketches. The distinctiveness of Yeats’s style, along with his characteristic choice of subjects, have made him … Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: James W. Smith Irish Music Recordings, Reel 47

Audio in reel 47 of the Smith collection features the New State Ceili Band of Boston. Continue reading

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Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, Reel 9, Side 2

Audio in reel 9, side 2 includes Sean Quinn, Louis Quinn, Sean McGuire, Paddy Killoran, Pete Reilly, Paddy O’Sullivan (Baltygarron), and the Paddy Killoran Club of New York City.
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A Tale of Two Irish Harps: John Egan fine-tunes the national instrument

This week’s blog post is guest written by Boston-based harpist and harp historian Nancy Hurrell, author of The Egan Irish Harps: Tradition, Patrons and Players (Four Courts Press, 2019). The Boston College Libraries helped support the volume’s publication through the … Continue reading

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Illustration of a Political Campaign: Loyal National Repeal Association of Ireland scrapbook

The Loyal National Repeal Association was founded in 1841 by Irish politician Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847), the leader of the movement for the repeal of the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland. O’Connell fostered mass participation in the association … Continue reading

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