Wesleyan University: 5th and 6th August 1978

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  • Teideal (Title): Wesleyan University: 5th and 6th August 1978.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): UW 86-38.3, UW 86-38.9, UW 86-38.10, UW 86-38.11.
  • 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): Irish, Scottish Gaelic and English.
  • Catagóir (Category): song, speech.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney, Norman Kennedy, Almeida Riddle, Daithí Sproule.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Fred Lieberman.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 05/08/1978 and 05/08/1978.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): traditional singing workshops and concert.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Oiriúnú digiteach (Digital adaption): Míċeál Ó Loċlainn.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.


By Míċeál Ó Loċlainn

Native singing weekend

This occasion was a weekend of workshops, and a concert, that focussed on a number of native singing and musical traditions. Taking place on the Wesleyan University campus, it featured artists from Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States of America; and possibly also from other countries.

At least part of the weekend took place in the Crowell Concert Hall on the university campus. An external shot of this building can be seen toward the end of this video.

The video only includes programme items which included Joe, although a great deal more filming was done of the other artists at the event. As far as we know however, based on University of Washington’s original documentation, Joe’s contributions are presented in the order in which they took place.

One or two of the songs sung here by Joe have appeared in the Cartlanna previously, but in audio format only.

Some of the footage is showing a certain amount of degradation (particularly in the picture and particularly in the material recorded on the Sunday) but we’ve retained as many jumping, flagging sequences as we reasonably could for this presentation, albeit with the odd unavoidable edit. The quality of the audio’s still perfectly decent for something of this nature and vintage… and it’s nice to be able to see Joe, as well as hear him — even if he does go into black and white at the end!