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Terry Rafferty standing in a crowd holding a video camera

The Terry Rafferty Recording Collection

ITMA’s latest digital exhibition “From the Bridge: a view of Irish traditional music in New York” has been richly enhanced by video footage recorded by Terry Rafferty in New York between 1986 and 2002. Married to Mike Rafferty (1926–2011), a hugely influential east Galway flute player, Terry attended most of Mike’s music gatherings and decided to record as many as possible on video. In this blog their daughter Mary shares some personal background to Terry’s unique contribution to traditional music collecting in New York.

Mike and Terry Rafferty

“Terry found another family in the Irish culture and immersed herself completely.”

Mary Rafferty
Mary Rafferty, accordion; Mike Rafferty, flute / Unidentified photographer. New Jersey, 1980s - 1990s. Image courtesy Rafferty family