I have a picture of a ceili band with the caption:
"Kilnadeema Ceili Band, Loughrea, Co. Galway 1917"
The story I was told was that Joe Burke was playing at McGurk's
in St. Louis (?) (I'm having a senior moment with the location) and
recognized the picture hanging on the wall because his father and
uncle were in the band. He later used it as a cover on one of his recordings.
I particularly liked the picture because there is a hammered dulcimer
player in the front row and the piper was lavishly dressed in a medieval
hat and cape.
As I played hammered dulcimer in Drowsy Maggie for about 12 years,
I was happy to see a dulcimer player in an old trad band. The only
old time Irish dulcimer player I was aware of was John Rea and I never learned
this player's name. Any ideas ??