2. Louis Quinn | New York, 1958
Louis Quinn was a fiddle player from Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh who immigrated first to Canada and finally moved to New York in 1933 where he lived for the remainder of his life. He was a very active member of the New York Irish music scene, regularly playing with Lad O’Beirne, Paddy Killoran, Paddy Sweeney and Tommy Cawley, to name but a few. He was a founding member of the Irish Musicians Association of America (IMA) with Frank Thornton (Chicago) and Ed Reavy (Philadelphia) in the mid-1950s and was president of that association in New York with the subsequent opening of five IMA branches which included the Turlough O’Carolan Club in Astoria, Queens and the Paddy Killoran Club in Manhattan. He was a regular visitor to the home of Jimmy and Eleanor Neary in Chicago and in between visits, they regularly sent recordings to one another as a way of sharing new tunes they had learned.
This particular recording was made by Louis in New York in 1958, to send to Jimmy and Eleanor, on which he shared new tunes he recorded from the playing of Johnny Doherty from Co. Donegal, whom Louis met when he was back in Ireland on vacation the previous year. The recording made has 16 tracks, listed below...