This collection was created by Derek Bell during his lifetime. The majority of the papers and audio visual collection date from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. There are some papers relating to Bell's early music education in London's Royal College of Music and Trinity College Dublin but the vast majority of materials date from his professional music career. The papers cover Bell's time with the City of Belfast Orchestra and the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra. His international career as a solo musician, recording artist, composer and his long career with the Irish music group The Chieftains are very well documented in this collection. Derek Bell's interest in Irish music, ethnic music from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and South America and classical harp music are also evident in the collection. His interest in the relationship between music, mysticism and meditation is reflected both in his papers and his audio visual collection. The first series contains personal papers which include: music papers relating to education, teaching and musical instruments; financial documents; religious papers relating to the guru Gideon Fontalba and the spiritual organisation the Self Realization Fellowship; papers relating to family history; and papers gathered by his widow Stefanie Bell after his death in 2002. Correspondence with family, friends, music publishers, music librarians, musicians and business related correspondence can be found in the second series of this collection. The third series contains papers collected by Bell during his time as a working musician both as a solo and orchestral artist and with The Chieftains. Included in this series are invitations from individuals and organisations to Bell to perform as well as rehearsal schedules, performance related ephemera, reviews, articles, promotional material, tour schedules and awards and certificates. The final two series in this collection contain photographs of Bell and The Chieftains and audio visual material. This material includes Bell's solo recordings as well as The Chieftains many albums. Also included in the audio collection are ethnic music recordings from around the world.
Collection of audio recordings, personal papers, manuscripts, ephemera, music transcriptions and notation, news cuttings and photographs, relating to the life and work of the collector Hugh Shields. The sound recordings were made chiefly across Ulster in the period 1966–81.
Series comprises commercial and non-commercial audio material on vinyl, reel-to-reel tape, tape cassettes, DAT tapes. This audio material reflects Derek Bell’s music interests, his solo music career as well as his career with The Chieftains. Many of his published albums are in this series, along with pre-publication and demo copies of the same albums. There are recordings of interviews with Bell both on radio and television and video footage of various television appearances. There are also audio recordings of a number of Bell’s solo performances as well as performances with The Chieftains. Two documentaries made by Alan Tongue about Derek Bell in 1977 and 1988 are also in this series. Bell’s interest in mysticism and ethnic music is reflected throughout his audio collection.
Collection comprises reel-to-reel tape recordings made by Robin Morton chiefly across Ulster in the 1960s and 1970s. The recordings feature traditional music performances (songs, tunes and dances) by a wide variety of musicians and singers.
Collection of reel-to-reel tapes featuring traditional musicians and singers recorded in Donegal and Scotland. Includes performances recorded in Hughie McGovern's Pub in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal; performances recorded in Hugh Gillespie's home in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal; and performances by Geordie McIntyre (singing), Joe Heaney (singing)and Pat McNulty (pipes) recorded in Scotland.
Collection comprises reel-to-reel tapes featuring off-air dubs of RTÉ radio programmes, dubs of commerical material, edited dubs of material recorded by John Brennan in the US, and other domestic and field recordings of traditional Irish musicians.
Series comprises audio recordings on digital audio tape and reel-to-reel tape. The DATs were recorded by Jimmy O'Brien Moran at concerts in 2005 and 2006, including an event commemorating Séamus Ennis at the Séamus Ennis Centre, in Naul, Co. Dublin, and a concert at Castalia Hall in Kilkenny. The reel-to-reel tape in this series was made for Jimmy O'Brien Moran by Breandán Breathnach and includes a learning resource for students of Irish and dubs from cylinder recordings.