August 17-20, 2017

August 17-20, 2017

Ward Irish Music Archives Digital Material

The Ward Irish Music Archives will make select material available on this website for the personal enjoyment and research of the general public. These materials represent only a fraction of what we have available within our collections. Please note these digitized items may not be used for commercial purposes.

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Audio: World Fiddle Day 2016 Playlist

Audio: World Fiddle Day 2016 Playlist

In celebration of World Fiddle Day on May 21, 2016, the Ward Irish Music Archives has digitized these five 78 rpm discs of Irish fiddle players from the 1920s through the 1940s.

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Audio: The Real MacNamara's Band

Audio: The Real MacNamara's Band

A family of talented brothers served as the inspiration for the song "MacNamara's Band" and recorded through the 1920s.

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Audio: Thomas MacDonagh's Court-Martial Speech Read By Paul Farrell

Audio: Thomas MacDonagh's Court-Martial Speech Read By Paul Farrell

A 78rpm recording of Thomas MacDonagh's Court-Martial Speech read by actor Paul Farrell.

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Irish Fest Scrapbook Website

Irish Fest Scrapbook Website

Explore the history of Milwaukee Irish Fest in photos, audio, and video in this digital collection curated by the Ward Irish Music Archives.

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Myles O'Malley became known as the Tin Whistle King in the 1930s and led his own successful band dur

Audio: Myles O'Malley, The Tin Whistle King

Myles O'Malley became known as the Tin Whistle King in the 1930s and led his own successful band during the period.

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Watch our latest video updates from our collections at the Ward Irish Music Archives.

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Watch our latest video updates from our collections at the Ward Irish Music Archives.

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Irish Sheet Music Archives website

Irish Sheet Music Archives Website

The Irish Sheet Music Archives website, irishsheetmusicarchives.com, will be the home of the online sheet music collections found in the Ward Irish Music Archives. This new website will give people access to thousands of pieces of sheet music created between 1750 and the present. The site will be released in October 2013.

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Mícheál Ó Domhnaill at the 1981 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Audio: Micheal O Domhnaill

Recorded on August 22 and 23, 1981 at the first Milwaukee Irish Fest, these tracks featuring Irish singer, guitarist, and composer Mícheál Ó Domhnaill are from the Traditional Irish Music Workshops presented at the festival.

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Patrick Lynch - 1920s Accordion Player

Patrick Lynch: 1920s Irish American Accordion Player

Accordion player Patrick Lynch recorded several 78rpm and Edison Diamond Discs in the 1920s and 1930s.

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William Quinn - 1930s Accordion Player

William Quinn - 1930s Irish American Accordion Player

Accordion player William Quinn recorded several 78rpm Discs in the 1930s.

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Dunn Family Collection

Explore the Dunn Family Collection microsite, which contains audio from the Francis O'Neill cylinders, historic recordings of Irish traditional music made c. 1904. Also browse manuscripts, photos, and other items from the collection!

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