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Irish Music Archives

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

Boston College Gaelic Roots Festival records

 Collection
Abstract Boston College Gaelic Roots Festival records document lectures and performances on Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton traditional music, song and dance produced by the Irish Studies Program under the coordination of faculty member Séamus Connolly. The collection primarily consists of audio and video recordings of events, complemented by brochures, correspondence, photographs, and planning documents, from the time of the festival's inception as a weekend event in 1993 through the end of its...
Restrictions on access Collection is open for research. Audiovisual recordings have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Multitrack audio recordings (DTRS and ADAT) cannot be reformatted by Burns Library at this time and are not available for playback due to format impermanence. In a few instances for which audio was exclusively recorded in one of these formats, migration was outsourced.Original digital text and image files in this...
Dates: 1993 - 2003

Boston College Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series recordings

 Collection
Abstract

Recordings of events organized by the Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series at Boston College, founded in 2003 by Séamus Connolly. The Series brings together accomplished performers and experts in Irish, Scottish, American, and related folk music traditions to share their experience, knowledge, and talent with the Boston College community and beyond.

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.

Dates: 2003 - 2017

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

 Collection
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.

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.

Dates: 1990 March 24-26 and April 19

Muise Family Collection of Cape Breton and Irish Music

 Collection
Abstract

This collection consists primarily of field recordings of Cape Breton and Irish traditional music performed by various musicians in the Boston area, as recorded on home recording equipment by Johnny and Mary Muise. Included are informal music gatherings and social events that took place in the Muise home in Dorchester (1951-1965) and Roslindale (1965 and later), as well as concerts and other gatherings. Some of the audio recordings also contain published material.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. Open reel tapes and audiocassettes are restricted (boxes 2-6). All open reel tapes have been reformatted, and digital versions are available for use in the Burns Library Reading Room. All audiocassettes have not yet been reformatted, but can be upon request. Note that there may be a delay in availability of digitized versions.

Dates: circa 1935-2003

Eugene Clancy Irish music collection

 Collection
Abstract

This collection documents Irish music owned by twentieth-century Irish-American musician Eugene Clancy, including audio recordings of Clancy and collected recordings of Michael Coleman.

Restrictions on access

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

Dates: approximately 1935-2012

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann North America collection of Irish music materials

 Collection
Abstract

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) is an international organization for the promotion of Irish music, song, dance, and language. These records document the history and activities of the CCÉ Province in North America, with related material from CCÉ in Ireland. The collection includes administrative records, promotional artifacts, biographical materials, as well as digital and analog media.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. Audiovisual media in this collection have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: circa 1920-2014, undated

Séamus Connolly papers

 Collection
Abstract

This collection documents the musical activities and career of Irish traditional fiddle player Séamus Connolly. The collection includes field recordings, correspondence, press clippings, publications, photographs, awards, and artifacts. It also includes research notes and materials collected by Connolly on Irish traditional music.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. Digitized versions of original recordings are available for Burns Library Reading Room use. Some audio and video items may not be immediately available due to formatting issues.

Dates: 1929 - 2013; Majority of material found within 1957 - 2013

Michael Cummings collection of P.S. Gilmore

 Collection
Abstract

The Michael Cummings Collection of P.S. Gilmore documents the music career of Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, American band conductor and composer, and the activities of the Patrick S. Gilmore Society. The collection particularly highlights the National Peace Jubilee of 1869 and the World's Peace Jubilee of 1872, with programs, lithographs, tickets, medals and bookmarks. The collection also includes correspondence, photographs, and newspaper and magazine articles.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. The wax cylinder is not accessible, and access to the remaining audio and video recordings requires advance notice.

Dates: 1850 - 2004

Joe Derrane Irish music materials

 Collection
Abstract

A button accordion, an event program, photographs, a set list, and phonograph records belonging to Boston-area Irish musician Joe Derrane.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. The accordion may be viewed by researchers, but may not be played.

Dates: 1928-circa 2010

Egan harp collection

 Collection
Abstract

This collection contains two Portable Irish Harps by nineteenth century Irish harp maker John Egan.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Off-shelf viewing is by appointment, supervised by a staff member to ensure safe handling. The harps are too fragile to be strung at full tension, and therefore are not playable.

Dates: circa 1819-1820s

William F. and Michael C. Hanafin Family Papers

 Collection
Abstract

This collection contains photographs, articles, recordings, a fife, printed music, correspondence, and other items pertaining to brothers William F. and Michael C. Hanafin, their family members, and musical associates. The Hanafin brothers were Irish traditional musicians who immigrated to Boston in the late 19th century.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. Audio recordings have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: circa 1900-1990 ; Majority of material found within 1900 - 1940

Joe Lamont Irish music recordings

 Collection
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

Frederick M. Manning collection of John McCormack

 Collection
Abstract This collection of materials relating to the Irish tenor John McCormack contains papers generated by McCormack during his lifetime, and later artifacts commemorating his singing career. The collection was assembled by Frederick M. Manning, founder and first secretary of the John McCormack Society of America. Materials include McCormack’s manuscript memoirs, correspondence, concert programs, photographs of McCormack, commemorations of his life and career, sheet music, and audio recordings of...
Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Some audio materials may not be available immediately for use as they will require reformatting; please contact the Burns Library in advance for access to audio materials. McCormack's sheet music cabinet is not available for access at this time due to structural instability.

Dates: 1843 - 1997

Jean Heitz collection of Mary O'Hara

 Collection
Abstract

This collection documents Irish singer and harpist Mary O'Hara's musical career and early retirement years in Tanzania with her husband Padraig O'Toole through their correspondence with friend and neighbor in England, Jean Heitz. Heitz also collected and kept clippings, ticket stubs, publicity materials, fan club mailings, and photographs relating to O'Hara.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1975 - 2009; Majority of material found within 1981 - 2002

Mary O'Hara papers

 Collection
Abstract Papers documenting the musical career and personal life of twentieth-century Irish soprano and harpist Mary O'Hara. Materials include a comprehensive set of audio and video recordings of performances and interviews. The recordings are complemented by set lists, scripts, and O'Hara's annotated sheet music, as well as her first professional harp. Business management is conveyed through contracts, correspondence, and publicity materials. Photographs are principally professional head shots and...
Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. Audiovisual recordings and born-digital content have been digitally copied from source media; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room. O'Hara's scrapbooks are closed due to fragility. Personal correspondence with Adrian Hastings and Deirdre Kelleher is restricted until 2025.

Dates: 1926 - 2011; Majority of material found within 1954 - 2007

Myles O'Malley papers

 Collection
Abstract

This collection documents highlights in the public career of saxophonist and whistle player Myles O'Malley, who was known as the "Tin Whistle King." The collection consists primarily of photographs. It also includes audio recordings, correspondence, fliers, graphic materials, musical instruments, music manuscripts, news clippings, and royalty statements from Decca Records.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. 78-rpm recordings and unpublished sound cassettes are restricted for playback purposes; request digital use copies instead.

Dates: circa 1925-1996 (bulk 1930-1953)

James W. Smith Irish music recordings

 Collection
Abstract

This collection documents Boston-area Irish music in the 1950s and 1960s through unpublished recordings of social gatherings made by James W. Smith. These recordings capture reels, jigs, waltzes, hornpipes, and set dances with instrumentation from solos to groups including fiddle, flute, whistle, and accordion.

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: 1950s-1960s

T. Jeffrey Sullivan collection of Tommy Sullivan and Joe Derrane

 Collection
Abstract

Papers containing audio recordings, news clippings, photographs, and sheet music that document the music of Tommy Sullivan, an Irish traditional musician from Springfield, Massachusetts. It also includes some sheet music, news clippings, and two recordings of accordionist Joe Derrane, who was a friend of the Sullivan family.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. Audio recordings have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: circa 1900-1995

Michael J. Twomey broadcast log books

 Collection
Abstract

Two hardcover notebooks documenting broadcasts and live performances of Michael J. Twomey's Boston-based band, originally called Twomey's Irish Pipers' Orchestra, later renamed Twomey's Irish Minstrels. Also included are a photograph of the orchestra, a program for The Irish Pipers' Band of Boston Second Annual Grand Costume Ball, and two newspaper clippings of articles concerning the band.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1924-1942, 1952

Terence Winch papers

 Collection
Abstract

The Terence Winch papers document the life and career of an Irish-American poet, writer, and musician, through correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts, handmade books, audio and video recordings, flyers, posters, clippings, and photographs. Topics include the poetry scenes of Washington, DC and New York City towards the end of the 20th century; modern Irish-American literature and history; and Irish-American music.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Audiovisual recordings and digital content on media 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: 1960-2017; Majority of material found within 1970 - 2010