At 08:19 PM 3/2/99 -0500, Rick Gagne wrote:
>>EARLY RECORDINGS OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC. John J Kimmel. A favourite LP
>>of mine years ago, this is the old Leader album of the first musician to
>>record Irish music commercially. These recordings were made between 1907
>>and 1929, and are remarkable not only for their genuine virtuosity, but
>for >the fact that the musician's background was German.
>Has anyone else heard this? I'm interested. I've heard that Kimmel played
>a one-row box--does anyone know if this is true?
Yes, John Kimmel (1866-1942) played a one-row (Globe, I believe) melodeon
and was the first to record Irish tunes commercially on the box. He made
many cylinder and 78 recordings from 1904 to 1929, of Irish tunes for the
great majority of them, but also of American and other ethnic and popular
tunes. He was an amazing player technically, even though his style of
playing was quite different from what became the Irish style--compared for
instance to the playing of P.J. Conlon or Joe Flanagan (of the famous
Flanagan Brothers). However, Kimmel's recordings were Joe Derrane's main
influence in developing the style in which he still plays today.
I heard the LP but never got a chance to get a copy, and I'll be happy to
get the CD version now. We will have this at HMT shortly (800-540-3794,
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