Singing (5)

Play recording: Singing (5)

view / hide recording details [+/-]

  • Teideal (Title): Singing (5).
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 781503.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): singing style.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Esther Warkov.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 02/03/1978 – 03/03/1978.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): interview.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.


There’s supposed to be the drone of the ancient pipes in the voice, accompanying the song. Some people have it, and some don’t. It’s supposed to be a great honour… Ewan Mac Coll told me I have it… It helps me balance … the lines are linked to one another. … I can actually feel that they’re (the pipes) there. In fast songs you don’t impress it the same as you would in the slow ones. The same pulse all the way through. Something you cannot change.’


The whole issue of ‘drone’ (and the associated term-of-art, ‘nyaah’) first arose during Joe’s long conversation with Ewan Mac Coll and Peggy Seeger in 1963-4.

This was recorded when Joe Heaney was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington.