The Life and Works of James O'Neill
publication of the various O'Neill collections of traditional
Irish music in the first decade of the 1900s was the culmination
of a visionary project begun in the 1880s.
The chance meeting
of Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill in Chicago's Irish neighbourhood
of Bridgeport began a working partnership which produced Irish
music collections, regarded by musicians as some of the most
important primary sources of tunes. Francis O'Neill's high
profile life was founded on a distinguished career in public
James O'Neill, an accomplished fiddler from Co. Down,
Ireland, on the other hand, lived a quiet and modest existence.
This book documents, for the first time, the life, career
and work of one of Ireland's most important musicians. It
confirms previously undiscovered links to an important pre-existing
work which sets the O'Neill collections in an entirely new