Collection Number: 20036

Collection Title: Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, 1979-1993

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Archival processing of the Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size .5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 90 items)
Abstract Field recordings of Irish singers performing traditional Irish songs and prayers in Irish and English, with interviews about community life and the song tradition. Songs include children's songs, love songs, migration songs, and ballads. Julie Henigan, a white musician and folklorist from Springfield, Mo., made the recordings in Ireland as part of a Youthgrant project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The recordings were later used as source material for Henigan's documentary on Irish song called As I Rode Out, which was first broadcast on NPR in 1981. The collection also contains related documentation and additional audio recordings made by Julie Henigan in the mid 1980s, including field recordings and interviews with Irish folk singers living in the United States, as well as a cassette copy of Julie Henigan's release, American Stranger. Documentation found in the collection consists of tape logs prepared by former staff of the SFC and interview transcripts presumably created by Julie Henigan.
Creator Henigan, Julie.
Language English; Irish
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers #20036, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Julie Henigan in September 1986 and 1994 (Acc. 103704).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Julie Henigan is a white musician and folklorist from Springfield, Mo. She grew up listening to many different kinds of music; and, although Early music is another of her passions, it was traditional American, British, and Irish music to which, as a performer, she was most drawn. This interest led her not only to teach herself guitar, banjo, dulcimer, and Irish-style fiddle, but also to seek out and learn from traditional singers and musicians, and eventually to pursue a Master's degree in folklore, which she obtained from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Most of her scholarly work has focused on traditional Irish song and on southern American music. She has played music professionally for a number of years, though she has usually combined performing with her work as a student, an archivist, a free-lance oral historian and folklorist, writer, substitute teacher, and lecturer. Her oral history projects have included "Medicine in the Ozarks" and the United Hebrew Congregations Oral History Project, and she has lectured on traditional Irish and American music at conferences and for private organizations in several countries, including the Willie Clancy Summer School, in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. She has spent a considerable amount of time in both England and Ireland, studying, working, and touring.

She recently completed a Ph.D. in English Literature and Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, writing a dissertation entitled "Literacy and Orality in Eighteenth-Century Irish Song." Her publications include articles in Ulster Folklife, The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (edited by Fintan Vallely), The Old-Time Herald, The North Carolina Folklore Journal, and New Hibernia Review. Several of her folklore-related articles have been reprinted on the Musical Traditions website.

Source: juliehenigan.com

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Field recordings of Irish singers performing traditional Irish songs and prayers in Irish and English, with interviews about community life and the song tradition. Songs include children's songs, love songs, migration songs, and ballads. Julie Henigan, a white folklorist and musician from Springfield, Mo., made these open reel recordings as part of a Youthgrant project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The recordings were later used as source material for Henigan's documentary on Irish song called As I Rode Out, which was first broadcast on NPR in 1981. Singers featured on the recordings include Neili Ní Dhomnhaill from Rann na Feirste, County Donegal; Paddy Tunney, who lived in Salthill, County Galway; Josie Sheain Jack from Carna, County Galway; Aodh Ó Duibheannaigh from Rosses, County Donegal. Also included is a live recording of a singing session sponsored by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ceathru Rua, County Galway.

The collection also contains related documentation and additional audio recordings made by Julie Henigan in the mid 1980s, including interviews with Irish folk singers, Sally Coyne, Bridget Fitzgerald, and Mick Moloney, as well as a live recording of Eunice Yeatts McAlexander's unaccompanied ballad singing, with an interview about her family's musical heritage. This recording was made by Henigan in 1985 at the informant's home in Meadows of Dan, Va. Additionally, there is a cassette copy of Julie Henigan's 1993 release, American Stranger. Documentation found in the collection consists of tape logs with song titles prepared by former staff of the SFC and interview transcripts presumably created by Julie Henigan.

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Contents list

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About 90 items.

Arrangement: Chronological. Related documentation interfiled with audio recordings.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from original containers and SFC database.

Folder 1

Documentation: FT-1789-1806 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." Folder 1

Formerly folder 653 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1789

Neili Ní Dhomnhaill 1 of 2, Donegal, Ireland, 27 June 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1789

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1790

Neili Ní Dhomnhaill 2 of 2, Donegal, Ireland, 27 June 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1790

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1791

Neili Ní Dhomnhaill 1 of 2, Donegal, Ireland, 10 July 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1791

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1792

Neili Ní Dhomnhaill 2 of 2, Donegal, Ireland, 10 July 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1792

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1793

Paddy Tunney 1 of 6, Donegal, Ireland, 8 August 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1793

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1794

Paddy Tunney 2 of 6, Donegal, Ireland, 8 August 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1794

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1795

Paddy Tunney 3 of 6, Donegal, Ireland, 8 August 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1795

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1796

Paddy Tunney 4 of 6, Donegal, Ireland , 8 and 15 August 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1796

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1797

Paddy Tunney 5 of 6, Donegal, Ireland, 15 August 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1797

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1798

Paddy Tunney 6 of 6, Donegal, Ireland, 15 August 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1798

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1799

Comhlatas Ceoltoiri, Galway, Ireland, 16 August 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1799

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1800

Josie Sheain Jack, Galway, Ireland, 18 August 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1800

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1801

Aodh Ó Duibheannaigh 1 of 4, Donegal, Ireland, 2 July 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1801

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1802

Aodh Ó Duibheannaigh 2 of 4, Donegal, Ireland, 2 July 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1802

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1803

Aodh Ó Duibheannaigh 3 of 4, Donegal, Ireland, 3 September 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1803

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1804

Aodh Ó Duibheannaigh 4 of 4, Donegal, Ireland, 3 September 1979 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1804

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1805

Eunice Yeatts McAlexander 1 of 2, Meadows of Dan, Va., 23 February 1985 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1805

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/1806

Eunice Yeatts McAlexander 2 of 2, Meadows of Dan, Va., 23 February 1985 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/1806

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Folder 2

Documentation: FT-6237-6239 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." Folder 2

Formerly folder 921 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6237

Interview with Irish folk singer Sally Coyne 1 of 3, 30 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6237

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6238

Interview with Irish folk singer Sally Coyne 2 of 3, 30 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6238

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6239

Interview with Irish folk singer Sally Coyne 3 of 3, 30 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6239

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Folder 3

Documentation: FT-6240-6247 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." Folder 3

Formerly folder 922 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6240

Interview with Irish folk singer Bridget Fitzgerald 1 of 8, 26 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6240

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6241

Interview with Irish folk singer Bridget Fitzgerald 2 of 8, 26 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6241

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6242

Interview with Irish folk singer Bridget Fitzgerald 3 of 8, 26 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6242

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6243

Interview with Irish folk singer Bridget Fitzgerald 4 of 8, 29 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6243

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6244

Interview with Irish folk singer Bridget Fitzgerald 5 of 8, 29 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6244

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6245

Interview with Irish folk singer Bridget Fitzgerald 6 of 8, 29 April 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6245

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6246

Interview with Irish folk singer Bridget Fitzgerald 7 of 8, 2 May 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6246

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20036/6247

Interview with Irish folk singer Bridget Fitzgerald 8 of 8, 2 May 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FT-20036/6247

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Folder 4

Documentation: FS-2186 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." Folder 4

Formerly folder 316 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20036/2186

Interview with Mick Moloney, Philadelphia, Pa., 26 August 1986 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FS-20036/2186

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20036/4493

Julie Henigan, American Stranger, 1993 #20036, Series: "Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers, ." FS-20036/4493

Audiocassette

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, September 2019

Encoded by: Anne Wells, September 2019

Archival processing of the Julie Henigan Field Recordings of Irish Singers was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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