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Lee Cusack interviewed by Chris Sullivan in the Chris Sullivan folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 1897767
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Cusack, Lee, 1921-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1985 Jan. 17 
3 tape reels (ca. 95 min.) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, 2 track, mono ; 7 in. 
Series

Chris Sullivan folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording. Lee Cusack speaks of the Irish community around Boorowa, NSW up to World War II, tells stories and sings. He talks about his family background; Galong monastery; Ryan family; Dan Slattery; annual Queensland droving trips; local music making, story-telling. Yarns: motorbike that would not stop; snake squashed under wheat bags; tree cutting. Conversation: step dancing in the heat; uncle's fiddle & concertina playing, murder stories; haunted places; local nicknames; black Irish; local boasts; Shea family and their music; expression "curling it" to denote finishing a piece of music; Sorley's vaudeville show in Boorowa; Gaelic singing & speaking in district; Irish-born locals; usage of Irish words; Irish songs; Ned Kelly; Ben Hall; O'Brien the snake catcher; Boorowa St Patricks Day gathering; grass wrestling; dancing; parade; Orangemen; travelling to the ball; banshee or cooee bird; wakes, death superstitions; Irish attitude to joining up for wars; men marrying in their 30s; waltzing competition at sheep dipping; step dancing boots; reading The Bulletin.

Full contents
  • Yarns: ghost in a cemetery
  • on being Irish
  • Singing: I'm a jolly ploughman (fragment)
  • Repeats some words of comic song about a christening of twins
  • Wild colonial boy (fragment)
  • My wife's got the fever (fragment)
  • The red flag.
 
Notes

Recorded on 17 January 1985, at "Oakleigh" via Murringo, N.S.W.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available (1 p.) 
Subjects Cusack, Lee, 1921- -- Interviews.  |  Irish -- New South Wales -- Boorowa Region -- History -- 20th century.  |  Irish -- New South Wales -- Boorowa Region -- Music.  |  Folklore -- New South Wales -- Boorowa Region.  |  Folksongs, Irish -- New South Wales.  |  Boorowa Region (N.S.W.) -- Social life and customs.
Other authors/contributors Sullivan, Chris (Christopher Daniel), 1953-, Interviewer

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