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Jim Lowe with wife May interviewed by Barry McDonald in the Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989 [sound recording]
Bib ID 2176062
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Lowe, Jim, 1896-1984, Performer
Access Conditions Written permission required for both research and public use during the lifetime of the interviewer. 
Description 1984 May 3 
1 sound tape reel (ca. 29 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, half track, mono. ; 5 in. 

Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989.


Folkloric recording: REEL 2720/41/10.Music:-1.Discussion:how he learnt music, explains care of mouth-organ, early musical influences, musical education received at school, could play tunes by age 4,lack of mouth-organ players at Backwater,how Bill Lowe destroyed a boomerang mouth-organ.2.Song:3 cheers for the red, white and blue.3.Discussion: How kids were taught war songs at school,few kids at school were musical, how to tune a violin to an open tuning, describes old accordion with little horns, informants are available, how Harry Lowe played the concertina a bit, describes Lowe's cross-key style in detail, how his grandmother had to stand on a chair to knead bread.4.Song:Give my love to Nancy (parody ; there were smutty variations).5. Discussion: how sentimental songs were more valued than comic or bush songs, talks about Tom Arndel's aesthetic & his repertoire.6.Song:He hauled me back again.7.Why did my master sell me (mouth-organ).8. Starry night for a ramble (mouth-organ;plus variations).9.Song:Starry night for a ramble with charming Archie Campbell(May Lowe). 10. Red River valley (mouth-organ).11.Wedding bells (mouth-organ).12.Fair, fair with golden hair (mouth-organ).13.Discussion:how bass notes sound nicer than than tenor notes.14.Violets so blue (mouth organ).15.Discussion:how he learnt from Bill Tatham.


Recorded on May 3, 1984 at Guyra, N.S.W.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Detailed summary (1 p.) 
Subjects Lowe, Jim, 1896-1984 -- Interviews.  |  Lowe, May, -- Interviews.  |  Folk musicians -- New South Wales -- Guyra -- Interviews.  |  Folk singers -- New South Wales -- Guyra -- Interviews.  |  Folk music -- New South Wales -- Guyra.  |  Folk songs -- New South Wales -- Guyra.  |  Harmonica music.  |  Piano music.  |  Guyra (N.S.W.) -- History.  |  Backwater (N.S.W.) -- History.
Other authors/contributors Lowe, May, Interviewee  |  McDonald, Barry, 1955-, Interviewer


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