The wax cylinder recordings collected by Francis O'Neill and kept safe by Michael J. Dunn contain performances by some of the finest traditional Irish musicians in Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century. Twenty-two of the recordings also feature legendary uilleann piper Patsy Touhey.
Information about legendary Irish music collector Francis O'Neill.
Patsy Touhey is one of the most celebrated uilleann pipers of all time.
McFadden’s ability to retain tunes and improvise variations was greatly celebrated by O’Neill and his contemporaries.
Fiddle player Edward Cronin was regarded as an important teacher of Irish music in Chicago.
The city’s Irish musicians eventually considered Early one of the best uilleann pipers in Chicago.
Piper Barney Delaney eventually played on every important Chicago stage during his 25-year stay in the city
After learning about these fine musicians, be sure explore these other areas of the Dunn Family Collection!
Listen to audio from the Francis O'Neill Cylinders online.
Look through digital versions of the Dunn manuscript collection.