Tuesday 22 September 2009

Johnny Cronin & Joe Burke - Cronin & Burke (1977)

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Johnny Cronin & Joe Burke - Cronin & Burke (Shanachie - 29005 - 1977)

Johnny Cronin, brother of Paddy, a native of Gneevegullia, Co. Kerry, was well-known as a fiddle player in New York throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His bowing technique, once typical of the Kerry style, underwent significant change after his emigration to the USA in 1956, particularly under the influence of Andy McGann, with whom he played a great deal. Joe 'Banjo' Burke, originally from Johnstown, Kilkenny, emigrated to New York in 1972, having spent much time in England. He was well-known as a singer among the Irish musical community in New York, as well as playing banjo regularly with the likes of James Keane, Jesse Owens, Paddy Reynolds and Andy McGann. Piano accompaniment is provided by Belfast-born Jerry Wallace, originally a piccolo player, the knowledge of which gave him the intimate awareness of tunes he felt necessary to provide convincing accompaniment.

1. The Ships are Sailing/The Longford Collector [Reels]
2. The Cat Rambles to the Child's Saucepan/The Bunratty Boys [Slides]
3. Doherty's/Toss the Feathers [Reels]
4. Liam Browne's/As I Went Out Upon the Ice/The Ballydesmond [Polkas]
5. Martin Wynne's/The Pride of the Bronx [Reels]
6. The Top of Cork Road/The Wandering Minstrel [Jigs]
7. Micho Russel's/The Old Copperplate [Reels]
8. The Leprechaun/Dingle Regatta [Slides]
9. Drag Her Round the Road/Martin Wynne's [Reels]
10. The Plains of Boyle/The First Sign of Light [Hornpipes]
11. Farewell to Ireland/The Blackthorn Stick [Reels]
12. O'Keeffe's/Johnny Leary's [Slides]



  1. This is a wonderful recording which has been out of print for some time. Who is receiving the royalties when you sell these selections on your website?

  2. Nobody receives money when I make these selections available to download. What made you imagine there was money being exchanged?

  3. Is this no longer available? I would love to listen to this rare album again. Download link doesn't work.