Reg Hall English, Irish & Scottish Folk Music & Customs Collection
Mick O'Connor interview
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O'Connor, Mick (speaker, male)
Hall, Reg (speaker, male)
Mick O'Connor talks about his background; learning the banjo; first experience of Irish music sessions; his love of music hall; playing banjo at the White Hart, Fulham; memories of Liam Farrell and Barney McKenna; going to the folk club at the Troubadour in Brompton Road; Kevin Burke; Bobby Casey; winning the All-Ireland banjo championship in 1971; his association with other Irish musicians; playing with the Thatch Ceilidh Band; being a Pioneer (teetotaller); playing with the Galtimore Club resident band, and Glenside Ceilidh Band; the London Irish dance hall scene; other musicians of his generation; Michael Coleman's recordings; seeing Coleman's grave in New York; Irish musicians he met in New York; hearing Margaret Barry and Michael Gorman at the Black Lion, Kilburn, circa 1960; learning tunes.
Interviewee's note: London-born Irish banjo player.