The New Demesne: Field Recordings by Alan Lomax, Ireland 1951

March 27, 2024

We're excited to announce our latest release, "The New Demesne: Field Recordings by Alan Lomax, Ireland 1951".

The New Demesne: Field Recordings by Alan Lomax, Ireland 1951

In January 1951 Alan Lomax, accompanied by American singer Robin Roberts, came to Ireland for the first time. The purpose of the visit was to make state-of-the-art reel-to-reel tape recordings of Irish traditional songs and instrumental music, and its outcome was to be the first of a commercial series of LPs in what would become the landmark World Library of Folk and Primitive Music, compiled by Lomax for Columbia Records.

Guided by the uilleann piper and singer Seamus Ennis, who was working as a professional collector with Radio Éireann and who would feature prominently on the recordings, and assisted by the Irish Folklore Commission and Radio Éireann, Lomax and Roberts recorded for weeks in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Donegal. Selections from the resulting tapes were issued on the Ireland volume of the Columbia series in 1955 and re-issued on CD by Rounder Records in 1998. Compiled and annotated by Nicholas Carolan, Director Emeritus of @itmadublin (which issued it as a 2-CD set in 2022), “The New Demesne” is by far the most in-depth presentation of these historic recordings. 

Available on Bandcamp and wherever you stream music now!

“Contrary to popular conceptions that Irish traditional music was on its knees in post-war Ireland, Lomax’s richly eclectic archive suggests a different reality.” —Siobhan Long, Irish Times