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|Abstract||The Patrick and Cathy Sky Collection consists of a 1991 interview with Tommy Thompson conducted by musician, Cathy Sky, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Thompson was a founding member of both the Hollow Rock String Band and the Red Clay Ramblers, as well as a playwright, composer, and actor. Cathy Sky conducted the interview with Thompson for an article in the Raleigh-based Spectator Magazine. In the interview Tommy Thompson discusses the Red Clay Ramblers, his early dramas and musicals, and playwright Sam Shepard.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.|
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Cathy Sky is a singer, guitar player, songwriter, and fiddler, whose prime interest is the Irish fiddle. Cathy has performed at the Bele Cher Festival in Asheville, N.C.; the Rhode Island Irish Heritage Festival; First Night in Greenville, S.C.; and many other venues. She has been teaching basic Irish fiddle both in formal classes and individually since 1989. In 1994, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council to spend time in County Clare, Ireland with Irish fiddler, Tommy Peoples. Cathy Sky earned her Master's degrees in Cultural Studies and Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and wrote her thesis, titled "I'd Barter Them All: Elements of Change in the Traditional Music of County Clare, Ireland," on the traditional music of County Clare, Ireland. She has also written traditional music columns for the Raleigh-based Spectator and Independent Weekly publications since 1989, as well as scholarly articles for The New Hibernian Review. Cathy is married to fellow musician and songwriter, Patrick Sky.
Patrick Sky has been involved in singing, playing, and performing his music and songs for over thirty years. He has played Carnegie Hall, The Montreal Expo, The Central Park Music Festival, Town Hall in New York, and the Royal Festival Hall in London, and has shared the bill with Pete Seeger, Buffy Sainte Marie, Joni Mitchell, and Emmy Lou Harris, among others. Patrick has seven solo albums to his credit on the Vanguarard, MGM, and Through a Window on the Shanachie labels. In addition he has produced over thirty records for other artists, including Mississippi John Hurt, Rosalie Sorrells, and Seamus Ennis. While recording the Irish Uilleann piper, Seamus Ennis, Patrick Sky founded Green Linnet Records, an American independent record label that specialized in Celtic music. Patrick Sky's involvement in Irish music, especially piping, has made him one of the seminal figures of the Irish music revival in the United States. His book A Manual for the Irish Uilleann Pipes is the recognized text on the subject.Back to Top
The Patrick and Cathy Sky Collection consists of a 1991 interview with Tommy Thompson conducted by musician, Cathy Sky, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Thompson was a founding member of both the Hollow Rock String Band and the Red Clay Ramblers, as well as a playwright, composer, and actor. Cathy Sky conducted the interview for an article in the Raleigh-based Spectator Magazine. In the interview Tommy Thompson discusses the Red Clay Ramblers, his early dramas and musicals, and playwright Sam Shepard. Recording is on audiocassette.Back to Top
|SFC Audio Cassette FS-20119/1157||
Tommy Thompson interview conducted by Cathy Sky, Chapel Hill, N.C., 9 July 1991 #20119, Series: "Patrick and Cathy Sky Collection, 1991." FS-20119/1157
Encoded by: Anne Wells, October 2016
Archival processing of the Patrick and Cathy Sky Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Back to Top