Irish Music on Cylinder Recordings

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Irish Music on Cylinder Recordings

Cylinder recordings created the first auditory documents of sound, and Irish music and themes played central roles in this new medium. Produced between 1877 and 1929, the creation of these recordings coincided with steady Irish immigration to the United States. The newly evolving music industry recorded traditional and folk melodies for this office, as well as the almost overwhelming number of Tin Pan Alley songs exploring themes of Irishness.

The following digitized cylinders from our collections show how Irish music, musicians, and themes shaped the recording industry. Included within are a couple homemade recordings of unknown musicians singing Irish folk songs.

Recordings digitized by David Giovannoni.

Further information about cylinder records: UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive’s Cylinder Recordings: A Primer

Listen to more homemade recordings of Irish traditional music at our Dunn Family Collection site.

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A Little Bunch of Shamrocks: Frank X. Doyle and Chorus

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A Nation Once Again: John McCormack

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Arrah Wanna Medley: Edison Military Band

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Avourneen: John McCormack

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Barney Google: Billy Jones and Ernest Hare

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Believe me if all those endearing young charms: Frank Mazziotta

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Believe me if all those endearing young charms: Franklin Lawson

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Bonnie Sweet Bessie; The Maid Of Dundee

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Can You Tame Wild Wimmin?: Billy Murray

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Cleopatra Finnegan: Edison Military Band

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Cloud Chief (A) Medley of Jigs (B): Vess L. Ossman and Charles D'Almaine

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Come Back to Erin: Ernest Pike and Peter Dawson

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Crowd on McNally's Back Stoop: Collins and Harlan

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Dear Little Shamrock: John McCormack

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Dear Little Shamrock: John McCormack

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Dougherty: Ada Jones

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Down at Finnegan's Jamboree: Charles D'Almaine & Company D'Almaine (violin) with uncredited speakers

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Drill Ye Tarriers Drill: George J. Gaskin

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Dublin Daisies: Peerless Quartette

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Eileen Alannah: John McCormack

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Famous Songs in Irish Plays—Medley: Walter Van Brunt

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Father O'Flynn: David Brazell

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Father O'Flynn: Frank Croxton

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Finnegan's Flat: Steve Porter

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Finnegan's Irish Band: Steve Porter

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Fisher's Hornpipe—Medley: Charles D'Almaine

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Flanagan and "The Reilly's" at a Baseball Game: Steve Porter

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Flanagan at the Vocal Teachers: Steve Porter

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Flanagan's Irish Jubilee: Steve Porter and Company

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Flanagan's Married Life: Steve Porter

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Flanagan's Shopping Tour: Steve Porter

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Flanagan's St. Patrick's Day: Steve Porter

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Flanagan's Trouble With His Tailor: Steve Porter

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Green Fields of America/Teetotalers/Swallow's Tail (Reels): Patrick J. Scanlon

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  • Reels
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Green Isle Of Erin: John McCormack

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I Forgive You: Jere Mahoney

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If Shamrocks Grew Along the Swanee River: Charles Hart and Lewis James

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I'll take you home again, Kathleen: Kaplan's Melodists

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I'm Wearing My Heart Away For You: George J. Gaskin

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Imitation of Bagpipes and Scotch Airs: Charles D'Almaine

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Indian Intermezzo: John J. Kimmel

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Irish Repartee: Steve Porter and Billy Murray

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Jim Lawson's Medley of Reels: Charles D'Almaine

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Judy (Irish Eyes): Walter Scanlon

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Judy: Walter Scanlan

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Kathleen Mavourneen: Mrs. Clarence Eddy

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  • Female Vocalist
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Kerry Dance: Brass Quartette

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Killarney: John A. Finnegan

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Killarney: John McCormack

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Killarney: Orchestra Recording

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Kitty O'Neil—Medley of reels: Charles D'Almaine

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Maggie Clancy's New Piano: Ada Jones and Len Spencer

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Mary Ann O'Houlihan: Edward M. Favor

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  • Tenors
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McGinty at the Living Pictures: Edward M. Favor

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  • Comic Sketch
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Medley of Irish Airs: Dan Murphy

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  • Irish Traditional
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Medley of Irish Jigs: John J. Kimmel

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  • Irish Traditional
  • Jigs
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Medley of Reels: Edison Military Band

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  • Reels
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Michael Casey Digging in the Klondike Gold Fields: Jim White

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  • Comic Sketch
  • Vaudeville
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Molly Malone (from the Passing Show of 1919): Charles Hart

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  • Tenors
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Molly Malone: Charles Hart

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  • Tenors
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  • Irish Fest Collection

Mr. & Mrs. Malone: Ada Jones and Len Spencer

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  • Female Vocalist
  • Vocal Duo
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Mrs. Clancy And The Street Musicians: Steve Porter, Billy Murray, Ed Meeker

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  • Vaudeville
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Murphy: Edward M. Favor

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  • Tenors
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  • Irish Fest Collection

My Galway Rose (from Irish Eyes): Walter Scanlan

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Irish Cylinders
  • Tenors
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  • Irish Fest Collection

My Irish Molly-O: Billy Murray

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  • Tenors
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

My Little Dutch Colleen: Ada Jones

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Irish Cylinders
  • Comic Song
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My Wild Irish Rose: Harry Anthony

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  • Tenors
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My Wild Irish Rose: Harry Anthony

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  • Tenors
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New Tipperary March: John J. Kimmel

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  • Instrumental
  • Irish Traditional
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Nora Acushla: Will Oakland

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  • Tenors
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  • David Giovannoni Collection

Nothing's Too Good for the Irish: Dan W. Quinn

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Irish Cylinders
  • Tenors
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  • Irish Fest Collection

Once Again: John McCormack

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Irish Cylinders
  • Tenors
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Once Again: John McCormack

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  • Tenors
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Pretty Molly Shannon: Harry Macdonough

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  • Tenors
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Santiago Flynn: Ada Jones and Len Spencer

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Irish Cylinders
  • Comic Sketch
  • Vaudeville
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Singular Dream (home recording)

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Irish Cylinders
  • Female Vocalist
  • Folk Song
  • Home Recording
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Snowy-Breasted Pearl: John McCormack

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Irish Cylinders
  • Folk Song
  • Tenors
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  • Irish Fest Collection

Sullivan: Steve Porter

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  • Comic Song
  • Vaudeville
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The Dublin Rag: Ada Jones

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Irish Cylinders
  • Female Vocalist
  • Ragtime
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

The Dying Cowboy (home recording - version of Street of Laredo): Unknown

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  • Folk Song
  • Home Recording
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  • Irish Fest Collection

The Irish, The Irish: Edward M. Favor

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Irish Cylinders
  • Comic Song
  • Milwaukee
  • Tenors
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

The Last Rose & Old Folks at Home: M. Nagy

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Irish Cylinders
  • Cimbalom
  • Instrumental
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

The Rocky Road To Dublin (Reel): Allen Sisson

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  • Fiddle
  • Instrumental
  • Old-Time
  • Reels
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The Spailpin Fanach: Unknown

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  • Irish Language
  • Tenors
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  • Irish Fest Collection

The Wearing of the Green: Marie Narelle

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Irish Cylinders
  • Female Vocalist
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  • David Giovannoni Collection

Tipperary: Stella Tobin

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Irish Cylinders
  • Female Vocalist
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Tooral-I-ooral-I-ay: Billy Murray

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Irish Cylinders
  • Female Vocalist
  • Tenors
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Top O' The Morning (Bridget McCue): Ada Jones

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Irish Cylinders
  • Female Vocalist
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Under The Irish Moon: Byron G. Harlan

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Irish Cylinders
  • Tenors
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  • Irish Fest Collection

What do you think of Hoolahan: Edward M. Favor

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Irish Cylinders
  • Tenors
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

Where the River Shannon Flows: Will Oakland

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Irish Cylinders
  • Tenors
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  • David Giovannoni Collection

Where the River Shannon Flows: Will Oakland and W.H. Thompson

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  • Baritones
  • Tenors
  • Vocal Duo
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  • Mick Moloney Collection

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