Reg Hall English, Irish & Scottish Folk Music & Customs Collection
Lucy Farr interview, part 10
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Lucy Farr talks about traditional music in her home in Galway; playing fiddle; coming to England in 1930s to train as nurse; working in Hither Green Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Lewisham, circa 1936; life in nurse's home; every Saturday night went dancing at ceilidh in St Saviour's church hall, Lewisham; played fiddle for step dancing; World War 2 and evacuation to Dartford; working in mental hospital in Bexley; medical superintendent was Victor Sylvester's brother; further reminiscences about Irish music back home; never heard any on radio; local Galway musucians; the Leitrim Ceilidh Band; local dances; Irish dance halls in London (Tottenham Court Road); first awareness of good Irish bands in London; the Bamber club; music in the Duke of Gloucester pub in Elephant & Castle; other Irish musicians in London; dancing at the Black Prince pub, Elephant & Castle; the Shamrock Club; first time saw accordion.