Collection Number: 20250

Collection Title: John Maguire Collection of Irish Dance Music, 1920s-1940s; 1970s

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Archival processing of the John Maguire Collection of Irish Dance Music was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 10 items
Abstract Audio recordings containing dubs of Irish dance music originally released on 78 rpm records from the 1920s until the 1940s, as well as dubs made in the 1970s of Irish American musicians from Chicago, Ill. Instruments played on the recordings include uilleann pipes, fiddle, flute, piano, recorder, and viola. Tune types represented are jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, set dances, and airs. John Maguire (1902-1976), an Irish music collector, singer, storyteller, and farmer from Rosslea, County Fermanagh, Ireland, compiled the recordings from his personal collection and donated them to the Southern Folklife Collection. Of particular note is a complete set of the recordings of Michael Coleman (1889-1945), an Irish American fiddler originally from Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland, and recordings of Eleanor Kane Neary, an Irish American pianist from Chicago, Ill. Other Irish and Irish American musicians who appear on the recordings include Patsy Touhey, Michael Gallagher, Joseph Gallager, John McKenna, Leo Rowsome, James Morrison, Mrs P. Scully, Patsy Cawley, Michael Carney, and Angus Chisolm. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a handwritten letter from John Maguire to Daniel W. Patterson, as well as a field collection cover sheet and tape logs prepared by John Maguire and former library staff.
Creator Maguire, John, 1902-1976.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Access to 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 John Maguire Collection of Irish Dance Music #20250, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20200713.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Maguire (1902-1976) was an Irish music collector, singer, storyteller, and farmer from Rosslea, County Fermanagh, Ireland. Maguire's music and life story are documented in an LP and book by song collector Robin Morton, both of which are titled Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday.

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Audio recordings containing dubs of Irish dance music originally released on 78 rpm records from the 1920s until the 1940s, as well as dubs made in the 1970s of Irish American musicians from Chicago, Ill. Instruments played on the 1/4" open reel audio recordings include uilleann pipes, fiddle, flute, piano, recorder, and viola. Tune types represented are jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, set dances, and airs. John Maguire (1902-1976), an Irish music collector, singer, storyteller, and farmer from Rosslea, County Fermanagh, Ireland, compiled the recordings from his personal collection and donated them to the Southern Folklife Collection. Of particular note is a complete set of the recordings of Michael Coleman (1889-1945), an Irish American fiddler originally from Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland, and recordings of Eleanor Kane Neary, an Irish American pianist from Chicago, Ill. Other performers include Patsy Touhey, an Irish American Uilleann piper originally from Loughrea, County Galway; Michael Gallagher, Uilleann piper from County Leitrim; Joseph Gallager, a fiddler from County Leitrim; John McKenna, an Irish American flute player originally from County Leitrim; Leo Rowsome, (d. 1970s), an Irish American Uilleann piper originally from Dublin; James Morrison (b. ca. 1890), Irish American fiddler originally from Ballysadare, County Sligo; and various other Irish American and Irish musicians, mostly from counties Sligo and Leitrim, including Mrs P. Scully, Patsy Cawley, Michael Carney, and Angus Chisolm. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a handwritten letter from John Maguire to Daniel W. Patterson, where Maguire mentions being sick from influenza, as well as a field collection cover sheet and tape logs prepared by former library staff. Tape logs contain song titles and notes on the informants and recordings presumably prepared by John Maguire and later transcribed by library staff.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, July 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, July 2020

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.

Archival processing of the John Maguire Collection of Irish Dance Music was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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