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Lamont, Joe (Joseph A.)



  • Existence: 1905 - 1972

Biographical Note

Joseph Anthony "Joe" Lamont was born in 1905 near Coleraine in County Londonderry, Ireland (now Northern Ireland). He immigrated to New York City in 1926 and settled in the Bronx. In 1927 he began his career with the New York City Transit Authority. He became a U.S. citizen in 1933. An accomplished fiddle player, Lamont performed traditional Irish music in the New York City area and beyond, collaborating with fellow musicians and dancers. He provided music for many occasions and for charitable causes. He helped establish clubs for traditional Irish music, serving as both president and vice president of the Paddy Killoran Club in Manhattan. He died in 1972.

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Joe Lamont Irish music recordings

Abstract This collection contains Joe Lamont's audio recordings of live performances of Irish traditional music in the greater New York City area in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as recordings from radio and dubs of phonograph discs. Lamont’s recording and collecting activities focused on traditional Irish instrumental music performed on fiddle, accordion, flute, and whistle. Tunes such as reels, jigs, waltzes, hornpipes, slow airs, and set dances are performed in solos, duets, and groups, sometimes...
Restrictions on Access

Open for research. Recordings have been digitally copied; all original media was retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: 1930 - 1972; Majority of material found within 1950s-1960s