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Mick O'Connor interview

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    01:28:34

  • Cultures

    Irish

  • Shelf mark

    2CDR0007581 (copy of C903/447)

  • Recording date

    1991-08-06

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Reg Hall Archive

  • Recording locations

    Reg Hall's home in Croydon, London, England, UK

  • Interviewees

    O'Connor, Mick (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Hall, Reg (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Hall, Reg

  • Abstract

    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.

  • Description

    Interviewee's note: London-born Irish banjo player.

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