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Alice Doran interviewed by Barry McDonald in the Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989 [sound recording]
Bib ID 224025
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Doran, Alice, Performer
Access Conditions Written permission required for both research and public use during the lifetime of the interviewer. 
Description 1984 
6 sound tape reels (ca. 212 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, half track, mono. ; 5 in. 

Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989.


Folkloric recording: Alice Doran plays the accordion, piano, sings, dances and discusses local history in the Armidale District, N.S.W.; her biographical details; Victor Cherry; talks of the dances at her father's house in the bush; her granny Phyllis playing Boston two step tune; wouldn't leave home to study with a music teacher; Alice's daughter Beryl remembers dancing the mazurka; Alice Doran speaks about polka; mentions Kingstown was a musical place; Victor Cherry sang: Wrap me up in my stockings; she sang Peggy O'Neill, Mother Machree and Little old grey home in the west as a duet at dances; remembers Victor Cherry and also Ray Doran used to sing The old bark hut; recites fragments of Road to Gundagai; mentions Ray Doran came from Uralla; Alan and Charlie Doran brothers of Ray; none of the younger members of the family play music; discusses dances at Warrabah Station; working at Warrabah Station as a cook aged 19 years; Warrabah dance musicians include Stan Godley played Ring the bell watchman; fiddle player Roley Godley, learnt from Victor Cherry; fiddle and accordion player Pearl Browning played; accordion player Ray Doran; how she learnt Watson's Creek waltz from a stockman, swimming horses across river to get to dances; parody on the dance tune The Prince of Wales Schottische learned from Bill Cherry; the parody of Cock your leg up Sal Brown; Vic Snell and Alice blue gown; playing in the key of G on the accordion; recites The jolly miller parody; and talks of Ray Doran who played The boys of the Dardanelles.

Partial contents
  • REEL 1, Alice Doran, accordion music:
  • Merry-go-round
  • Ring the bell night watchman
  • Alice Doran, accordion and Barry McDonald, violin music:
  • Ring the bell (duet)
  • Alice Doran, accordion music: Schottische by Victor Cherry
  • Mockingbird Hill
  • Barry McDonald, violin music:
  • Tripping it lightly
  • Alice Doran, accordion music: Tripping it lightly

REEL 5 not in collection.

Condition: REEL 2, Preserved analogue only, due to variable speed issue - pitch of voice and accordion rises after the first 5 minutes.

Recorded on 20 January and 18 May 1984, at Armidale, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Detailed summary (9 p.) 
Subjects Doran, Alice -- Interviews.  |  Folk musicians -- New South Wales -- Armidale -- Interviews.  |  Accordion music -- New South Wales -- Armidale.  |  Fiddle tunes -- New South Wales -- Armidale.  |  Piano music -- New South Wales -- Armidale.  |  Violin music -- New South Wales -- Armidale.  |  Armidale (N.S.W.) -- History.
Occupation Folk musicians.
Other authors/contributors McDonald, Barry, 1955-, Interviewer


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