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Pearl O'Shaughnessy Collection
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Pearl O'Shaughnessy Collection

  • POS-258346
  • Collection
  • [1980s]
Collection comprises a single reel-to-reel tape recording of a performance by John Egan.

O'Shaughnessy, Pearl

Pearl O'Shaughnessy Collection. Cassette recording of John Egan [sound recording] / John Egan ; Pearl O'Shaughnessy

Egan, John, lilting A1, 12, 19, speech in English A1-2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13-14, 19, 21-23, 25, 27, flute solo A3, 5, 7-8, 10, 14-16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28;
O'Shaughnessy, Pearl, speech in English A1-2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13-14, 19, 21, 23, 27

Running Order:
1. Reel: Sonny Brogan's Favourite
2. Speech: fiddler Johnston from Drumfinn, died young, John named the following jig after him
3. Jig: Johnston's Favourite [interrupted mid-way]
4. Speech: sets of jigs
5. Jig: Paddy in London, Butcher's March, Johnston's Favourite [unfinished]
6. Speech: two following polkas, Jimmy Morrison's polkas
7. Polkas: The Mountain Pathways, Flowers of Spring
8. Reels: The Wild Irishman, The Pretty Girls of Mayo
9. Speech: The Wild Irishman
10. Reel: Martin Wynne's Reel
11. Speech: Martin Wynne, broadcasting on Radio Eireann
12. Reel: Untitled [lilt]
13. Speech: preceding tune, learning it from Fred Finn
14. Reel/Speech: Untitled/Paddy Ban, dancing the lancers, the Doyles (flute player)
15. : Untitled
16. Reel: The Corner House
17. Speech: preceding tune, 1926 John went to England, back in 1929, got married, lived in Donegal for six years, Christmas 1937 back to England, back to Dublin Sept 1937, working in Dublin, worked in the railway in Donegal, musicians he played with in Donegal, musicians he met in Dublin, Tubbercurry, meeting Sonny Brogan, broadcasting on radio, Radio Eireann's director not having time for traditional music, the fiddles not being bowed the same... [END OF SIDE A]
18. Reel: Untitled
19. Speech/Lilt: learned the preceding tune from Sonny Brogan, lilts a reel, got it from Mrs Harrington, learning tunes late at night
20. Reel: The New Policeman, Lad Byrne's Reel
21. Speech: getting the last from a Lad Byrne [Lad O Bierne] recording that he heard in Mrs Harrington's
22. Speech/Reels: Farewell to Erin, The Boy on the Hilltop
23. Speech: preceding tune, reels that go well together, learning to play as a boy, no taperecorders, disliking television, left home aged fourteen, went to uncles near the Morrison home-stead, learning music from locals, brought to Ballymoate to John Joe Gardeners in 1924, a great flute player, music session with the Doyles, John Joe Gardeners music, broadcasting with Mrs Harrington etc from 1944-47
24. Polkas: Luby's Polka, Untitled
25. Speech: funny story about train
26. Reel: Sarah Hobbs
27. Speech: preceding tune, Sonny Brogan going to the Church Street Club circa 1955, reel composed by Ned Stapleton called Sonny's Return/Sonny Brogan's Favourite - possibly the following piece
28. Reel: Untitled [see note to track 27] [END OF SIDE B]

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