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In 1958, Avoca issued Irish Violin, an LP recording of Brooklyn fiddler (and James Morrison protégé) Jackie Roche, as well as Irish Violin and Accordion, Roche’s collaboration with box player Timmy Cronin. These were the first LP-format discs of purely traditional Irish music recorded in the U.S., though many tracks were initially released as 78s or, for juke box use, 45 rpm discs.  Roche also maintained a popular dance band in which saxophone, piano, drums joined his fiddle, Timmy Cronin’s accordion and Jack McKenna’s electric guitar with a repertoire that mixed foxtrots, quicksteps and waltzes with more traditional tunes.

  • Loudon's bonnie woods, highland ; The highland maid, highland ; Money musk, highland / Jackie Roche, fiddle ; Jack McKenna, guitar ; unidentified, bass

  • Irish rambles, barndance ; If there weren't any women in the world, barndance / Jackie Roche and his Irish dance band, instrumental group

  • The morning star, reel ; The musical priest, reel ; The swallow's tail, reel / Timmy Cronin, accordion ; Jackie Roche, banjo

  • Offaly favourite, barndance ; Twilight in Athlone, barndance / Timmy Cronin, accordion ; Jackie Roche, banjo