Collection Number: 70084

Collection Title: Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981

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Archival processing of the Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 15 items
Abstract Live audio recordings of Joe Heaney, an Irish singer and storyteller, performing on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in October 1981. The recordings feature Joe Heaney performing songs from the sean-nós tradition and telling Irish stories and legends in Irish and English, both in a concert and classroom setting. Recorded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Curriculum in Folklore and Department of English, who sponsored Heaney's appearances to UNC. The collection also contains supporting documentation, consisting of a tape log prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Tape logs include contextual information on the recordings as well as titles of songs performed by Heaney when known.
Creator Heaney, Joe, 1919-1984.
Language English ; Irish
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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 Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends #70084, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20210310.2).
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Joe Heaney (1919-1984) was an Irish singer and storyteller born in Carna in the Connemara region of County Galway, Ireland, and later a resident of the United States. He sang in the sean-nós or "old-style" tradition. As a visiting artist, Heaney taught Irish language, traditional music, and folklore at Wesleyan University and the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Live audio recordings of Joe Heaney, an Irish singer and storyteller, performing on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in October 1981. The recordings feature Joe Heaney performing songs from the sean-nós tradition and telling Irish stories and legends in Irish and English, both in a concert and classroom setting. Recorded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Curriculum in Folklore and Department of English, who sponsored Heaney's appearances to UNC. Recordings are on 1/4" Open Reel Audio. The collection also contains supporting documentation, consisting of a tape log prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Tape logs include contextual information on the recordings as well as titles of songs performed by Heaney when known.

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15 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from supporting documentation and SFC database.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1249

Joe Heaney concert, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 1 of 5 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1249

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1250

Joe Heaney concert, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 2 of 5 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1250

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1251

Joe Heaney concert, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 3 of 5 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1251

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1252

Joe Heaney concert, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 4 of 5 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1252

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1253

Joe Heaney concert, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 5 of 5 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1253

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1254

Joe Heaney classroom visit, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 1 of 4 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1254

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1255

Joe Heaney classroom visit, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 2 of 4 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1255

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1256

Joe Heaney classroom visit, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 3 of 4 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1256

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70084/1257

Joe Heaney classroom visit, live music and narrative, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1981: tape 4 of 4 #70084, Series: "Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends, 1981." FT-70084/1257

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, February 2021

Encoded by: Anne Wells, February 2021

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 Joe Heaney Recordings of Irish Stories and Legends was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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