Ed Reavy

Ed Reavy (1897–1988) was an Irish-American musician and composer of numerous traditional Irish dance tunes. Born in the townland of Barnagrove (aka Barnagrow, Barnagrows or Barr na gCnó), Knappagh, County Cavan, he emigrated to Philadelphia in 1912 where he settled in the Irish-American enclave of Corktown (now part of Powelton Village). Except for two visits back to Ireland, he remained in the Philadelphia area for the rest of his life.

Reavy was a fiddler, and recorded in 1927 for the Victor record label, including two reels ("The Boys of the Lough" and "Tom Clark's Fancy") and two hornpipes ("The Donegal" and "The Cliff"). More than one hundred of his compositions have been published, and his sons have estimated that there may be more than five hundred in total. His most famous tune may be "The Hunter's House". His compositions and style of fiddling found their way back to Ireland and were very influential in the development of modern Irish Traditional Music.

Reavy was president of the Irish Musicians' Association of America. In 2000, he was posthumously awarded the title "Composer of the Century" by an Irish-American organization.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1897, Died 1988

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin, composer

Notes: Full name: Edward Vincent Reavy.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-43482 10-in. 4/25/1928 Donnegal hornpipe Killarney Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BVE-43483 10-in. 4/25/1928 Boys at the lough Ed Reavy Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BVE-43484 10-in. 4/25/1928 Rare ould Irish whiskey Killarney Trio ; John McGettigan Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BVE-43485 10-in. 4/25/1928 Fitzmaurice, the Dublin flier Killarney Trio ; John McGettigan Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Victor BVE-43486 10-in. 4/25/1928 Mary Malone Killarney Trio ; John McGettigan Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, violin  
Victor [Trial 1924-09-26-01] 10-in. 9/26/1924 Jigs, reels, highlanders, and bagpipes Ed Reavy Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Reavy, Ed," accessed September 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116340.

Reavy, Ed. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116340.

"Reavy, Ed." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116340

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