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Alice Doran interviewed by Barry McDonald in the Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989 [sound recording]
Bib ID 216668
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Doran, Alice, Performer
 
Access Conditions Written permission required for both research and public use from the interviewer. 
Description 1983 Dec. 3 
2 sound cassettes (ca. 124 min.) : analog, mono. 
Series

Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989.

Summary

Folkloric recording: Alice Doran recalls how she became a musician and her view that ear music is the sweetest music; her brother Stan played at Bundarra; playing the accordion and how she used to sing at dances; the process of making parodies on dance tunes; bush songs; she reminisces about the song The old bark hut; Victor Cherry, the big gun musician of the old days around Kingston; her father used to dance the cake walk (step dance); Ray Doran played Irish washerwoman on accordion; Victor played the Devil among the Tailors very quick & very exact; Victor played Connaughtman's rumbles (fiddle) for square dances; she wasn't in favour of tune parodies; she talks about parodies on songs such as: It ain't gonna rain no more, The night was dark and stormy, The billy goat was blind; the old woolshed dances; Ray Doran's playing.

Partial contents
  • TAPE 1, Side A, Music:
  • Pearl Browning's waltz (fragment-Alice accordion)
  • Merry go round waltz (fragment- Alice accordion)
  • Redwing (fragment-Alice accordion)
  • Barry McDonald (B. McD.) experiments to ascertain home key of Alice's accordion- Singing: Mother Machree; Old naky bear (parody on Ring the Bell)
  • Old naky bear & little naky bear
  • Music: Soldiers joy (B. McD. on fiddle-Alice identifies it as a tune Victor Cherry used to play)
  • Fisher's hornpipe (B. McD. on fiddle)
  • A highland fling dance
  • Connaughtman's rumbles (B. McD. on fiddle)
 
Notes

Recorded on 3 December 1983, at Armidale, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Detailed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Doran, Alice -- Interviews.  |  Folk musicians -- New South Wales -- Armidale -- Interviews.  |  Folk singers -- New South Wales -- Armidale -- Interviews.  |  Accordion music.  |  Piano music.  |  Violin music.  |  Armidale (N.S.W.) -- History.
Occupation Folk musicians.  |  Folk singers.
Other authors/contributors McDonald, Barry, 1955-, Interviewer

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