First ITMA Audio Field Recordings, 1992–93

First ITMA Audio Field Recordings, 1992–93

Now playing: Introduction, speech ; The bush in bloom, reel / Joe Bane, speech, tin whistle
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  1. Introduction, speech ; The bush in bloom, reel / Joe Bane, speech, tin whistle
  2. The hundred pipers, jig / Joe Bane, tin whistle, speech
  3. The Leac Rua, reel / Joe Bane, tin whistle, speech
  4. Castle Donovan, jig ; Have a drink with me, jig / Joe Bane, tin whistle, speech
  5. Bridgie McGrath’s jigs / John Killourhy, tin whistle ; Paddy Killourhy, fiddle
  6. Mrs McGrath and beginning in music, speech / John Killourhy, speech ; Paddy Killourhy, speech
  7. Jetty Howley’s jigs, Willie Shannon’s jig / John Killourhy, tin whistle; Paddy Killourhy, fiddle
  8. Story about an encounter with fairies, speech / John Killourhy, speech ; Paddy Killourhy, speech
  9. Learning music from his aunt and local music in his early years, speech / Danny Smith, speech
  10. Leave it down easy, jig / Danny Smith, accordion
  11. Talk about local musicians and their instruments, dancing / Danny Smith, speech
  12. Untitled, jig ; The three little drummers, jig and polka / Danny Smith, accordion
  13. Early life, Paddy Canny, Ceilí bands and recording an LP in Dublin, speech / PJ Hayes, speech
  14. P Joe’s, reel ; The shores of Lough Graney, reel / PJ Hayes, fiddle, speech
  15. Mrs Dwyer’s, hornpipe / PJ Hayes, fiddle, speech
  16. The Maghera reel / PJ Hayes, fiddle
  17. Introduction and brief history, speech / Pat Keane, speech
  18. The six girls, song / Pat Keane, singing in English, speech
  19. The setting of the sun, song / Pat Keane, singing in English, speech
  20. The Limerick lover, song / Pat Keane, singing in English, speech

First ITMA Audio Field Recordings, 1992–93

As well as collecting all the contemporary and historic materials of Irish traditional music which are published by others, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has, for the past twenty years, also been creating new documentary recordings of the music on location, ‘in the field’. It now normally makes these recordings on digital video, or simultaneously on video and audio; in its earliest years, for reasons of cost, it made audio recordings only. Thousands of recordings have been made to date, and these are available within ITMA for public listening and viewing. The rights to the recordings remain otherwise with the performers.

The ITMA audio field-recording programme was begun in March 1992 (shortly after it had moved from its first office at 6 Eustace St in Temple Bar, Dublin, to new premises at 63 Merrion Square where it was officially opened). Between then and the end of 1993, twenty-seven recording sessions had been carried out, in Clare, Galway, Tipperary and Donegal. ITMA recordists in the period were Jackie Small (now ITMA Sound Archivist, seen above left recording at the Willie Clancy Summer School with ITMA co-founder Harry Bradshaw, RTÉ Radio) in Clare, Galway and Tipperary; Lillis Ó Laoire and Packie McGinley in Donegal; and Aidan McGovern and Nicholas Carolan also in Donegal (including Fermanagh singers and musicians).

Below is a selection of those recordings from the ITMA collections which were made by Jackie Small in 1992–93 in Cos Clare and Galway. They feature music, song and oral history, in Clare from Joe Bane, John & Paddy Killourhy, and P.J. Hayes, and in Galway from Danny Smith and Pat Keane.

With thanks to all the performers.

NC, JS & DD, 1 August 2012