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A first visit to the Cape Shore / Aidan O'Hara

Aidan O’Hara describes his first visit to the Cape Shore, meeting John Keefe in Placentia, and the way that Ireland was remembered by the people whom he encountered. This conversation is excerpted from a longer interview that focused on Aidan’s years in Newfoundland, work as a broadcaster in Newfoundland, and relationship with the people of the Cape Shore.

Boil the breakfast early ; and other reels / Peter & Noel Carberry

Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, 2004, event poster

Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, 2004, event poster

Oliver Goldsmith, flute / Edward Matthew Ward

Oliver Goldsmith, flute / Edward Matthew Ward

A musically unreliable 19th-century mezzotint depicting the Longford poet, novelist and dramatist Oliver Goldsmith (1728–74) on the Continent. The engraving, by W. Greatbach, is of a painting by the noted English artist Edward Matthew Ward (1816–79). Goldmith was an early Irish player of the German flute and is said to have supported his medical studies at Leyden by playing on it, much as he is said to have supported himself at Trinity College Dublin by writing songs for the ballad printers. A walking-stick flute reputed to have been owned by him is in the possession of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. The German flute, developed in late 17th-century France from medieval forms, was being played in England in the early 1700s and in Ireland by the 1710s at least. Popular among non-professional musicians, it was early used for the performance of Irish traditional music, but seems to have come into the hands of traditional musicians in numbers only in the 19th century. Like its relative the fife, it was played as a solo instrument and in ensemble in Temperance, Land League and other political marching bands.

Peter Carberry, uilleann pipes, & others, 2004 / Paul Eliasberg

Peter Carberry, uilleann pipes, & others, 2004 / Paul Eliasberg

Recent Instrumental Duets

The varied selection of instrumental duets recorded on video and presented here with the kind permission of the performers come from recent years: Robbie Hannan of Co Down on uilleann pipes and Jesse Smith, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, on fiddle were recorded by Irish Traditional Music Archive staff at an Irish Music Study Day held in the School of Music & Sonic Arts, Queen’s University Belfast, in May 2012. Padraig McGovern of the Cavan-Leitrim border area on uilleann pipes and Peter Carberry of Co Longford on accordion were recorded by ITMA staff in the Market Theatre, Armagh, at the William Kennedy Piping Festival of November 2014. Brid Harper of Co Donegal on fiddle and Harry Bradley of Belfast on flute were recorded by ITMA staff at Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, Gaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal, in December 2014. The duet recordings of Dublin harpers Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Cormac De Barra were kindly donated to the ITMA collections by the performers in 2014. For further information on the performers and their recordings see websites for Jesse Smith, Peter Carberry & Padraig McGovern, Harry Bradley, Anne-Marie O'Farrell, and Cormac De Barra. With thanks to all the performers, and to the organisers of the various events for facilitating the recordings. NC, TH, PH & DD, 1 February 2015

Singers, songs & community / Aidan O'Hara

Aidan O’Hara describes some of the people from the Cape Shore who feature in his recordings, including Albert Roche, Frankie Nash, Anthony Power, and Caroline Brennan. He discusses the different types of songs that he heard on the Cape Shore and the sources of those songs, including radio and time spent overseas during the First World War.  This conversation is excerpted from a longer interview that focused on Aidan’s years in Newfoundland, work as a broadcaster in Newfoundland, and relationship to the Cape Shore.

The rambling pitchfork ; An rogaire dubh, jigs / Peter & Noel Carberry

Thomas F. Kerrigan, uilleann pipes / unidentified photographer

Thomas F. Kerrigan, uilleann pipes / unidentified photographer

Times, chats & becoming a collector / Aidan O'Hara

Aidan O’Hara describes a “time” and other occasions for recording songs, music, and stories. This conversation is excerpted from a longer interview that focused on Aidan’s years in Newfoundland, work as a broadcaster in Newfoundland, and relationship to the Cape Shore.