Johnny O’Leary (C#/D button accordion)
Ellen O’Leary (whistle)
Mick Duggan (fiddle)
Maurice O’Keeffe (fiddle)
Ossian OSSCD 25, 2002. Remaster of Topic LP 12TS357, 1977. Recorded July 1976 and April 1977 in Dan Connell’s bar, Knocknagree, Co. Cork by Alan Ward, John Coakley, and Hugh Miller. Liner notes by Alan Ward.
The classic introduction to the music of Johnny O’Leary. Because he really made his name locally playing for dancers at Dan Connell’s bar and elsewhere, this album does a good job of framing his art in that context—a good number of the tracks were recorded live with dancers, including a full six figures of the polka set starting off the first side.
SAMPLE: Johnny and his daughter Ellen play the classic Tourmore Polkas:
Click here for the extensive interior sleeve notes.
Still available for purchase from a number of sources.
For a full track listing and more information: https://www.irishtune.info/album/JOL+1/