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Paddy in the Smoke: Irish Dance Music from a London Pub

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B00000591N
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Martin Byrnes Fiddle : Reels - Maudabawn Chappel, Lafferty's - Martin Byrnes
2. Martin Byrnes Fiddle : Paddy Fahey's Jig - Martin Byrnes
3. Martin Byrnes Fiddle : Reels - Eileen Curran, The Bunch Of Keys - Martin Byrnes
4. Danny Meehan & Bobby Casey Fiddles, John Mclaughlin Spoons : Reel - / Paddy Ryan's Dream - John McLaughlin
5. Tony Mcmahon Accordeon, Martin Byrnes & Andy Boyle Fiddles: Reels - Lucy Campbell, Toss The Feathers - Martin Byrnes
6. Bobby Casey Fiddle : Reel - The Ragged Hank Of Yarn - Bobby Casey
7. Bobby Casey Fiddle, John Mclaughlin Spoons : Reels - The Bank Of Ireland, The Woman Of The House, Th - Bobby Casey
8. Jimmy Power & Jimmy Dunleavy Fiddles: Reel - The Jolly Tinker - Jimmy Dunleavy
9. Sean O'shea & Bobby Casey Fiddles : Denis Murphy's Hornpipe - Bobby Casey
10. Sean O'shea & Bobby Casey Fiddles : Reels - The Yellow Tinker, The Humours Of Scarriff - Sean O'Shea
11. Con Curtin, Denis Mcmahon & Julia Clifford Fiddles : The Chorus Reel - Julia Clifford
12. Con Curtin & Denis Mcmahon Fiddles : Callaghan's Reel - Con Curtin
13. Jimmy Power Fiddle : Jigs - Kitty's Rambles, Dan The Cobbler - Jimmy Power
14. Jimmy Power Fiddle : Reels - Jenny Picking Cockles, Kitty In The Lane - Jimmy Power
15. Tommy Maguire Accordeon, Father O'keeffe Mandolin : Jigs - Condon's Frolics, James Mcmahon's Favouri - Father O'Keeffe
16. Bobby Casey & Lucy Farr Fiddles : Reels - The Graf Spee, Ballinasloe - Bobby Casey
17. Fair - Bobby Casey
18. Bobby Casey & Lucy Farr Fiddles : The Mother Reel - Jimmy Power
19. Jimmy Power, Lucy Farr & Andy Boyle Fiddles : Jigs - Farewell To Erin,The High Reel - Jimmy Power
20. Jimmy Power, Lucy Farr & Andy Boyle Fiddles : Jigs - Doctor O'neill, The Battering Ram - Con Curtin
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Real Irish Traditional Music recorded live in a real performing environment - captures the essence of the London Irish community's traditional musical culture.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of the tradition - absolute gold! 22 May 2007
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This is more than a music cd; it's a record of a way of life and a way of music that have all but passed, though the legacy lives on in new forms. To those not deeply into the Irish traditional music, or completely new to it, this would take a lot of adjusting to. This is hardcore. The recording is clear but don't look for modern production values - this was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape deck in a London pub over a few different nights in the early '60s. You can hear the chat and the clink of glasses in the background.
But it's the music and musicians that count. Reg Hall(still going strong and currently presenting a traditional music radio hour on a London local radio station )the producer and recorder and tasteful piano accompanist set up his tape deck on several nights in order to catch these musicians on peak form, and selected the best for this. This is the only available recording I know of at the moment of fiddle legend Bobby Casey; it also adds to the available recordings of another legend Martin Byrne (who has a currently available and indispensable cd also accompanied by Reg Hall); and Jimmy Power is shown in fine fettle here unlike his(probably unavailable) solo album where he didn't seem to click with his accompanist; a dazzling contribution from accordionist Tony MacMahon whose'Toss the Feathers' alone would be worth the price of the album (he has some fine solo albums currently available), as would Bobby Casey's 'the Woman of the House'. Every one else is on fine form too. Excellent and extensive sleeve notes from Reg Hall too.
This is music that didn't exist to be recorded, by people who had no serious expectation of making even a decent living out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vanished way of life 1 Jun 2010
By Seamus
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Well, gille liath has every right to his (her?) opinion, but, for me anyway,it's impossible to listen to this gem without being transported back to London in the 1960s. Back then, music in The Favourite and other pubs in Camden Town, Kilburn and the Irish working class areas of London was as essential as Sunday Mass, holiday stamps, a games of darts, a twenty-fives drive and, of course, a half-one to round off the evening.

There isn't a duff track on this collection. It's an eloquent testament to the men and women whose sweat and often blood rebuilt much of Britain at a time when the only thing to be found in abundance back in Ireland was a lack of opportunity. The music they brought with them from Clare, Galway, Mayo and every other County in Ireland was both a way of connecting to those back home and a familiar pleasure. And whilst it's true that the music was often performed against a backdrop of loud conversation, it still soaked into the bones of all who were there. Gille, take a ride on the Victoria Line, gaze up at Centrepoint, raise a glass to the memory of the lads who jumped up on the back of lorry in Kilburn, then give it another go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is special 4 Sep 2010
By sjp
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I live in Galway, am obsessive about Irish traditional music and have thousands of hours of recordings from various sources.

This is one of the greatest recordings ever made in this genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars trad tunes 8 Jan 2013
By desmond
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great pub trad session with good tunes i bought this when i read the feedback on amazon and thought i take a chance and i wasnt disapionted .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Irish fiddle experience 29 Mar 2001
By Donald P. Ridgway - Published on
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I've just ordered this CD because my old album, purchased in about 1968, is almost transparent from playing it so many times. This is the real deal: Irish fiddle music recorded in a noisy London pub. You can taste the dark beer and cigarette smoke, and you can't keep still. The fiddle playing is superb, and the one tune with accordian is fantastic (the only thing I've ever liked on accordian).
If you've been lucky enough to stumble onto this review, please trust me: If you like traditional music of any kind, this CD will be one of your all-time favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great recording 28 Jun 2005
By J. Hale - Published on
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The very first note played on this recording--Martin Byrne's long vibrato on the G string--launches you into an incredible experience. The fiddles, the sounds of the barroom crowd--it all makes music from the concert hall and recording studio seem rather meaningless in contrast. This music, as Ciaran Carson notes, "is about something." Go, listen.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever recording of ITM? 20 Mar 2006
By David Levine - Published on
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I first heard Paddy in the Smoke as a record around 1970. At the time I had just moved to New Hampshire from Berkeley and I was playing the fiddle for New England contra-dances. My interest in Irish music was just developing. I thought the playing on the record was very nice. But it was scratchy fiddling and sometimes the intonation was a bit off. I wore that record out. I now have the CD. I have over 300 CDs of Irish Traditional Music and I play mostly the timber concert flute. I live in Ireland.

I now realize that Paddy in the Smoke is one of the best recordings of Irish music ever made. It is heartbreakingly beautiful, capturing the passion, joy, and despair of Irish musicians living in London in the '60s. It might be the best recording of "live" Irish music ever made-- along with: "Paddy Canny, P J Hayes, Bridie Lafferty & Peadar O'Loughlin -- An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway."

Anybody with even a passing interest in Irish Traditional Music should put this CD at the top of their to-buy list and listen to it until they understand, and are consumed by, the music. Thirty-five years later I am still totally taken by this CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best live Irish Dance Music ever recorded. 3 Jan 2014
By Seamus McDermott - Published on
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This is well-recorded live music from the "Favourite" pub in London during the early 60s.
You can smell the smoke and pints. The driving piano and the exquisite fiddling will show you how amazingly well they played back in the day. My favorite recording of live trad--ever.
5.0 out of 5 stars BOBBY CASEY + 25 Mar 2009
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