Reg Hall English, Irish & Scottish Folk Music & Customs Collection
Tommy Healy interview, part 01
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2CDR0001616 (copy of C903/377)
Irish folk songs and music
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Reg Hall Archive
Interviewee's home in Holloway, London, England, UK
Healy, Tommy (speaker, male)
Hall, Reg (speaker, male)
Tommy Healy talks about Michael Gorman (Irish fiddle player resident in London); coming to England from Sligo in 1944; the first London pub to have Irish music (the Black Cap in Camden Town); learning to play fiddle from Michael Gorman; other London Irish musicians in the 1950s including Martin Byrne and Eddie Pierce; working on railways and in construction; playing in Camden pubs (The Camden Stores, The Laurel Tree, The Bedford); Irish dance halls in London (the Galtimore in Cricklewood); benefit dances for injured or sick Irish workers; Margaret Barry (Irish singer); feises in Sligo; dance competitions in Ireland and London; coming to England to do agricultural work in Gloucestershire; farming in Ireland; the Sligo style of playing fiddle compared with that of Co. Clare.
Interviewee's note: flute player from Mantua, Co. Sligo; came to live in England in 1944. Item note: Interview notes in World and Traditional Music file at British Library Sound Archive. Item note: Possibly a final edit for a proposed Leader Records LP that never materialized. Apparently Bill Leader's studio copies of field recordings from various sources, including Ken Stubbs and Topic Records.