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Joe Lee interview

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:33:03

  • Cultures

    English

  • Shelf mark

    2CDR0004962 (copy of C903/178)

  • Recording date

    1971-04-30 to 1971-06-14

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Reg Hall Archive

  • Recording locations

    Joe Lee's home, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Interviewees

    Lee, Joe (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Hall, Reg (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Lee, Joe

  • Abstract

    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Reg Hall's queries about recordings of Irish dance music); the Irish Musicians Union; musicians and singers; Ed Reavy; unpublished discs; Mrs Studtraeker (organist); private aceteate recordings; reads from a written essay on influences of Irish on American music.

  • Description

    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.

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