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James C. McAuliffe
Piper and
Recording Artist

James C. McAuliffe with his uilleann bagpipe.
Traditional music has been played in Ireland for possibly thousands of years but there were no recordings or written notes. The first tune written was in 1583. The first recording of traditional Irish music was around 1890 in America by a New York piper, James C. McAuliffe. The first recording was the tune “Mrs. McCloud’s Reel", recorded on a wax cylinder for Edison in 1899. A copy of this recording can be heard at Bruach Na Carraige archive.

James C. McAuliffe recorded 14 bagpipe selections for Edison's National Phonograph Company from 1899 through 1903. His recordings of tunes played on the uilleann pipes were unaccompanied. His recordings were very popular and contributed greatly to igniting interest in recorded Irish music.

The tunes recorded by James C. McAuliffe were Miss McCloud's Reel; Blackbird; the Campbells are Coming; Cock o' the North; Coulin; Dirge of the Carlin; Donneybrook Fair; Highland Laddie March; Maid of the Beach; O'Donnell Abu; Paddy on ther Turnpike; Pigeon on the Gate; Pretty Maid Milking her Cow; The Red-haired Man's Wife; The Rights of Man; the Stack of Barley.
James McAuliffe

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