Oral history of recorded sound

Kennedy, Peter, Collector of Folk Songs (4 of 4). Oral History of Recorded Sound

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    Kennedy, Peter, 1922-2006 (male)

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    His motives for collecting folk songs and traditions, and personal memories of his parents' involvement with EFDSS and Cecil Sharp. Copying early cylinder recordings made by his aunt Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser. Douglas Kennedy's meeting with Cecil Sharp and the family's work within the EFDSS. Meeting Lady Mary Trevelyan. Organising fiddle contest in Northumbria. Working with BBC's natural history unit. Realisatio of tape recording potential. BBC radio programmes in 1950s. Working with Stanley Slade. Recording equipment used. German exchange programmes. Recording for HMV. Radio series Village Barn Dance. Recording ''Widdecombe Fair' with Bill Westerway. Working with Alan Lomax. Working for BBC's Third Programme. Importance of collecting indigenous dialect material. Artists''reactions to recording. Percy Grainger'' early use of tape recorder. The accuracy of oral traditions and techniques. Alan Lomax's techniques. BBC recording project. Travelling to Northern Ireland to record Sarah Makem. The origins of his signature tune 'As I Roved Out'. Discusses various singers including John MacDonald and Paddy Tunney. Political awareness of folk singers. Radio as a medium for folk. Recording and filming. Working with Sir David Attenborough for BBC in Bristol. Social history aspects of recording. Working with gypsies and travellers. Keepign oral traditions alive. Working at Darlington Hall. Working in Bristol on the Watershed project. Starting up folk clubs. Folk tradition of political songs. Involvement in American folk traditions.

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