Harvest Field, The


I had a scratchy old 78 RPM recording of a band from Boston and could barely identify the tune they were playing. I believe the person playing the accordion on the track was Billy Caples, a well-known Boston accordion player and teacher. I sent it to Baltimore to Billy McComiskey. He and flutist Laura Byrne learned the tune and made this recording with Donna Long playing the piano: shades of Boston's Dudley Street dance halls in the 1950s.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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McComiskey, Billy (accordion), Byrne, Laura (flute), and Long, Donna (piano), “The Harvest Field,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 15, 2024, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/416.