Friday 8 July 2011

Paddy Cronin - Kerry's Own (1977)

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Paddy Cronin - Kerry's Own (Outlet - OAS 3002 - 1977)

Paddy Cronin: Fiddle
Shea Walker: Guitar
Gogey McCullough: Bodhrán

A classic recording from the Outlet Records stable, featuring Gneevegullia native and Boston immigrant Paddy Cronin, brother of Johnny Cronin. The bodhrán accompaniment is a little wild and obtrusive but, thankfully, it was recorded on a separate channel, so it has been possible to remove it from the mix. Therefore both the original recording, and a version without the bodhrán accompaniment, are available for download. The latter is a few cents lower in pitch than the original recording.

Many thanks to BS for providing the manipulated version of the recording.

1. The Girl Who Broke My Heart/Tom Steele [Reels]
2. The Frieze Breeches [Jig]
3. Biddy Mickey's/The Drunken Sailor [Hornpipes]
4. Apples in Winter/The Trip to Galway [Jigs]
5. Jenny's Welcome to Charlie [Reel]
6. This is My Love, Do You Like Her? [Single Jig]/The Pipe on the Hob [Jig]
7. Tom Billy's (The Ballydesmond)/Din Tarrant's [Polkas]
8. The Boys of Cunnamore/Billy McCormick's [Jigs]
9. The Bashful Batchelor/Reavy's [Hornpipes]
10. Dowd's 9/Kennaw's [Reels]
11. Farewell to Ballinahulla/The Kilkenny [Jigs]
12. The Mullingar Races/The Humours of Newcastle [Reels]
13. The Maids of Mount Cisco [Reel]
14. The Kid on the Mountain [Slip Jig]


  1. Thank you thank you thank you for posting this! I've been wanting to hear it for ages. Such a pity Paddy Cronin's old recordings haven't been officially reissued. Any chance you have his album Rakish Paddy (1975) as well?

  2. I don't, but I have dubs of some of the old Copley 78s that were issued in the 1950s. I'll see about posting them at some point.

  3. I'd really like to hear those 78s! I heard they are amazing.



  4. Are they the same recordings as these?

  5. Yes, they are. I didn't even know where they'd come from, so thanks for that.

  6. Thanks for all the great Sliabh Luachra music you've posted. I had the fortune of seeing Paddy Cronin play at the Catskills a short time before he passed away. Like all of the greats, he struck a balance between adherence to tradition and a highly personal uniqueness of voice.
    I don't suppose you take requests, but Brendan Begley's album "Seana Choirce" is impossible to find and out of print, so . . .

  7. Hmm, why did I think Paddy Cronin was dead? Must've been thinking of Johnny Cronin. Seems Paddy's still kicking!

  8. I don't have a copy of this album, but Brendan's my favourite box player, so I'll be keeping an eye out for it. Gael-Linn are supposed to be in the process of re-releasing their entire back catalogue on iTunes, but it doesn't seem to be moving forward very much.