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From the page to the stage [sound recording] : breathing new life into dead songs ; concert and lecture held at the National Library of Australia with Andy Irvine
Bib ID 5159405
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
2 sound files (ca. 79 min.) 
Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Folkloric recording. Welcome by Kevin Bradley, Curator of Oral History and Folklore at the NLA; he describes the related archives at the NLA, the Library's linkages with the National Folk Festival and the associated Fellowship. He introduces Andy Irvine and his associate artist, Rens van der Zalm. Andy discusses the beginnings of his musical interests being in American folk; Irish traditional music came later, but in the 60's was largely restricted to well-known folk tunes and rebel songs; the first such material he found was in 1964/5, in the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, he speaks of the beauties of the myxolydian mode often found there; discovering the book, Irish Street Ballads, by Colm O'Lochlainn and later the Child collection of traditional Anglo/Scottish ballads; copyright; Sam Henry's collection Songs of the People in Dublin's National Library, which he used, working only from the words and the tonic sol-fa; A.L. (Bert) Lloyd, for his creative re-fashioning of traditional songs from multiple sources and seeking out the appropriate tunes for them. Question and answer session and closing remarks.

Partial contents
  • Andy Irvine sings brief examples from, All things are quite silent, Lovely Joan and Ye mariners all (Penguin book of English folk songs, 1964/65)
  • He introduces the tunes: The blacksmith courted me, unidentified tune (one in 5/4 time) then they are both played with Rens (Penguin book of English folk songs)
  • Andy describes the story of The Douglas tradgedy, then sings the final verses (Child collection?)
  • Andy introduces, Willie of Wimsbury then plays it with Rens on guitar, mandola and harmonica (Child collection)
  • Andy and Rens sing a ballad from Antrim, Kell's water (Sam Henry's collection, Songs of the people)
  • Andy introduces a song he collected in Derry, into which he introduced Balkan rhythms (being the first person to bring 5/4 and 5/8 time into Irish traditional music) With Rens, they sing, The Plains of Kildare
  • Andy then sings unaccompanied, the traditional ballad, Tam Lin (as arranged by A.L. Lloyd)
  • Andy introduces and then sings the ballad, Renadyne (the words of which come from the Appalachian Mountains with the 5/8 tune composed by Andy)
 
Notes

Concert and lecture held at the National Library of Australia (NLA) in association with the National Folk Festival, 2011. Introduction by Kevin Bradley, Curator of Oral History and Folklore at the NLA.

Associate artist: Rens van der Zalm

Recorded on 20 April 2011 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) 
Subjects Folk songs.
Other authors/contributors Irvine, Andy, 1942-, Performer  |  Van der Zalm, Rens, Performer  |  Bradley, Kevin, 1958-, Speaker  |  National Library of Australia  |  National Folk Festival (2011 : Canberra, A.C.T.)

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