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

Tommy Healy interview, part 03

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    01:26:31

  • Cultures

    Irish

  • Shelf mark

    2CDR0001632 (copy of C903/382)

  • Subjects

    Irish folk songs and music

  • Recording date

    1988-04-06

  • 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 Irish musicians being filmed for TV at the Bedford Arms in Camden Town, 1958; migrant Irish farm labourers; seasonal farm work in Yorkshire; father went to work in brewery in Boston making "near beer" during Prohibition; music making back home in Co. Sligo; superstitions, fairies, banshees, moving lights in the bogs; poteen making; never any music in pubs; card playing; hand ball alleys; lack of interest in music locally; flute and whistle playing and tuning; other traditional instruments; travelling shows; dance halls; priests' condemnation of dancing; country house dances; local singers; music on the radio (difficulty of re-charging "wet" batteries); fife and drum bands (instruments, costume, etc); co-operatives for workers; changes to agriculture brought about by mechanization; the Ballyglass Fife and Drum Band (shows photo of band members, taken circa 1932).

  • Description

    Interviewee's note: flute player from Mantua, Co. Sligo; came to live in England in 1944.

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