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Denis McKay interviewed by Rob Willis in the Rob Willis folklore collection
Bib ID 6303135
Format AudioAudio [spoken word, performed music]
Author
McKay, Denis, 1947-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Printer 2013
Description 4 sound files (approximately 203 min.) 
Series

Rob Willis folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording. Denis McKay, born in Cowra, NSW, speaks about his parents; his childhood in Cowra; his father’s occupation and his involvement with the Australian Workers Union in NSW; WWII; his schooling and education; the Aboriginal Mission at Cowra; the influence of ABC Radio; his family’s life in the bush; his brothers; the major effects of joining Cubs and later Scouts; his early musical influences; CAG (California Autoharp Gathering); his musical development; his interest in playing the guitar; University of Wollongong; his career as an industrial chemist in Australia and USA; his contract to organise radios for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games; McKay Enterprises; the description of his business philosophy; his retirement; discovering Australian traditional music; the autoharp in Australia; Australele. Mckay sings and performs several songs on the autoharp.

Partial contents
  • Session 4: Discussion: History of the autoharp
  • Singing and autoharp music: This Land Is Your Land (fragment)
  • Autoharp music: Henry's Waltz
  • Mr Emmett's Waltz
  • Cornflower Waltz
  • Cornflower Waltz (repeat)
  • Discussion: Description of his playing techniques on the autoharp
  • Autoharp music: To an Old Rose
  • Discussion: Description of the chromatic harp layout
  • Autoharp music: Hymn (unidentified)
 
Notes

Recorded with John Harpley.

Summary accompanied by a photograph of Denis McKay.

Recorded on 31 May 2013 in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Digital master; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore collection;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 pages) 
Subjects McKay, Denis, - 1947- - Interviews.  |  McKay, Denis, - 1947- - Performances.  |  Folk musicians - New South Wales - Interviews.  |  Folk musicians - New South Wales - Performances.  |  Autoharp music.  |  Industrial chemists - New South Wales - Interviews.  |  Businesspeople - New South Wales - Interviews.
Occupation Folk musicians.  |  Chemists.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Harpley, John, 1948-, Interviewer

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    ORAL TRC 6124/77
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    Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)
    ORAL TRC 6124/77 (summary)
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    Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)

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