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Boston College "My Love Is in America" Irish fiddle festival records

 Collection
Collection IM-M003-1990: Boston College "My Love Is in America" Irish fiddle festival records

Dates

  • 1990 March 24-26 and April 19

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the Spring 1990 Boston College Irish fiddle festival called "My Love is in America," co-sponsored by the Boston College Music Department and Irish Studies Programs. Included are audio and video recordings, publicity and explanatory documents, and photographic materials. Audio recordings include musical portions of Sunday Mass, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin's lecture on fiddle player Tommy Potts, sessions, the Sunday evening concert, and interviews with fiddle players Johnny McGreevy, Andy McGann, Johnny Cronin, and Paddy Cronin. Videos capture the music promenade, festival concert, and interviews.

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

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

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical note: "My Love Is in America" festival

In March 1990, sixteen traditional Irish fiddle players living in the United States gathered for an event co-sponsored by Boston College Music Department and Irish Studies Program. Led by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, festival director and visiting ethnomusicology professor, the "My Love is in America" festival provided the performers with an opportunity to collaborate with other master fiddle players, reuniting old musical acquaintances and sparking new ones. Following an afternoon of informal sessions, the festival culminated in an evening concert featuring the musicians in various performance combinations, from solo to full group accompanied by bodhrán.

The sixteen fiddle players who performed at the festival were: Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, Séamus Connolly, Brian Conway, Johnny Cronin, Paddy Cronin, Tony De Marco, Martin Hayes, Eileen Ivers, James Kelly, Andy McGann, Johnny McGreevy, Brendan Mulvihill, Paddy Reynolds, Dale Russ, and Martin Wynne.

This festival established Boston College as a meeting place for traditional musicians of varying ages and playing styles, inaugurated the Irish Music Archives at the John J. Burns Library, and was a precursor to the Gaelic Roots Festival at Boston College (1993-2003) and Boston College Gaelic Roots Series (established in 2003).

Extent

1 Linear Feet (4 containers)

9.25 hours (audio)

5.5 hours (moving images)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection consists of documents, performer interviews, as well as audio- and video-recordings of the Spring 1990 Boston College Irish fiddle festival called "My Love is in America," co-sponsored by the Boston College Music Department and Irish Studies Programs and directed by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin.

Arrangement

Arranged in three series: I. Festival; II. Interviews; and III. Documents and photographs.

Series I and II are arranged in chronological order.

Provenance

Boston College records acquired from Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, 1990. Poster transferred by Jeremiah McGrann on behalf of the Boston College Department of Music, 2022.

Processing Information

Content was migrated from original media prior to Burns Library's ability to provide research access to digital files. Access audio and video is on CD and DVD (Box 1).

Title
Boston College "My Love Is in America" Irish fiddle festival records
Subtitle
1990 March 24-26 and April 19
Status
Completed
Author
Jeffery Jones (2002); edited (2003, 2008, and 2010); revised
Date
2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

Contact:
John J. Burns Library
Boston College
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Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States
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