Taisce Luachmhar (Valuable Treasure) – The Piping Album 

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Taisce Luachmhar (Valuable Treasure) – The Piping Album features recordings made by Bill Stapleton and the Irish Recording Company in the late 1940s and the 1950s.

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    In 1947, Bill Stapleton, a young man originally from Kilkenny, opened a recording studio on Moore Street in Dublin. As part of the studio’s operations, Stapleton set up a new record label, the Irish Recording Company. The label recorded many of the leading traditional musicians of the day and planned to commercially release the music. When Bill Stapleton’s plans for the Irish music label didn’t work out, the master recordings were passed by Bill to Breandán Breathnach for safe-keeping. Breandán subsequently gave the records to Harry Bradshaw and now, 73 years after they were made, the piping records are finally available.

    The 19 tracks on the album include almost all of the leading pipers of the day, Séamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, Felix Doran, Tommy Reck and Willie Clancy and a great variety of piping styles are represented, demonstrating the cultural richness of the piping tradition in the mid-twentieth century. The booklet included with the album features a full-length article by Harry Bradshaw on Bill Stapleton and the Irish Recording Company, short artist biographies and tune notes.

    Track Listing:

    1.  Kitty’s Rambles / Sixpenny Money (jigs) – Séamus Ennis
    2. My Bonny Boy is Young (song) – Séamus Ennis
    3. The Whistling Thief (song) – Séamus Ennis
    4. The Battering Ram/The Chorus Jig (jigs) – Leo Rowsome
    5. The Pigeon on the Gate/The Congress Reel (reels) – Felix Doran
    6. Doran’s Fancy/The Rambling Pitchfork (jigs) Felix Doran
    7. The Scholar/The Salamanca/Hand Me Down the Tackle (reels) – Tommy Reck
    8. Alexander’s/O’Higgins (hornpipes) – Tommy Reck
    9. The Sligo Maid/The Maid of Mount Kisco (reels) – Felix Doran & John Kelly
    10. The Maid of Mount Kisco/Miss McLeod’s (reels) – Felix Doran & John Kelly
    11. The Dairymaid/The Morning Star (reels) – Leo Rowsome
    12. Medley of Country Dances (Port Láirge, The Girl I Left Behind Me, The Rattlin’ Bog) (polkas) – Leo Rowsome & Sonny Brogan
    13. Leo Rowsome & Sonny Brogan – The Sligo Maid / The Boys of the Lough (reels) – Leo Rowsome & Sonny Brogan
    14. Jackets Green / Billy Byrne [of Ballymanus] (marches) – Uilleann Pipes Trio including Leo Rowsome
    15. Donnybrook/Saddle the Pony (jigs) – Uilleann Pipes Trio – including Leo Rowsome
    16. The Hunter’s Purse/Sheehan’s (reels) – Leo Rowsome’s Pipes Quartet
    17. The Bunch of Keys/Rakish Paddy (reels) – Willie Clancy
    18. The Drunken Landlady/The Silver Spear (reels) – Séamus Ennis
    19. Hand Me Down the Tackle/The Scholar/The Fermoy Lasses (reels) – Tommy Reck