Tour 2 - Paddy Killoran, 1904-1965 (P)
 
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Paddy Killoran was born in Ballymote into a musical family. His style, typical of Sligo fiddling style, was more brisk in tempo than most, and with less ornamentation, variation, and modulation in volume than Michael Coleman's playing. He emigrated to American in 1925 and made a living as a musician. During the 1930s there were several dozen dance halls in New York, one of which, The Pride of Erin, gave its name to his band, The Pride of Erin Orchestra. This band was for many years the most popular Irish group in the city, and even toured Ireland once for three months. The Orchestra also performed on WBBC radio in Brooklyn for several years. Like Coleman, his recordings had a huge influence on fiddle playing in the 20th century.



 
Directions:

The old family house is in the townland of Emlaghgissan, on your way in to Ballymote on the R293.

 

 
 
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