Reg Hall English, Irish & Scottish Folk Music & Customs Collection
Tommy Healy interview, part 03
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2CDR0001632 (copy of C903/382)
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 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).
Interviewee's note: flute player from Mantua, Co. Sligo; came to live in England in 1944.