Reg Hall English, Irish & Scottish Folk Music & Customs Collection
Joe Lee interview
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2CDR0004962 (copy of C903/178)
1971-04-30 to 1971-06-14
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Reg Hall Archive
Joe Lee's home, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Lee, Joe (speaker, male)
Hall, Reg (speaker, male)
Joe Lee describes his Irish and London-Irish background; his brother Ed Lee; the Four Provinces Orchestra; his birth; Philadelphia musicians; Irish-American contacts (response to Reg Hall's queries about recordings of Irish dance music); the Irish Musicians Union; musicians and singers; Ed Reavy; unpublished discs; Mrs Studtraeker (organist); private aceteate recordings; reads from a written essay on influences of Irish on American music.
Interviewee's note: Singer, born in London of Irish parents, London-Irish nationalist before the Great War, associate of Michael Collins. Active as a singer before the Easter Uprising of 1916. Brother of Ed and Frank Lee; all three brothers recorded on commercial 78 rpm disc. Recording note: Recorded by Joe Lee on to a message tape and posted to Reg Hall from the US, in response questions which Reg Hall had written to him. Over-recorded. Tape machine noise towards end.