Reg Hall English, Irish & Scottish Folk Music & Customs Collection

Tommy Healy interview, part 01

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  • Shelf mark

    2CDR0001616 (copy of C903/377)

  • Subjects

    Irish folk songs and music

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Reg Hall Archive

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home in Holloway, London, England, UK

  • Interviewees

    Healy, Tommy (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Hall, Reg (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Hall, Reg

  • Abstract

    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.

  • Description

    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.

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