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Fred McLain, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

MF167.1 consists of interviews conducted by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives on Prince Edward Island between 1969 and 1970, as part of his work to document the folk songs of Prince Edward Island, specifically the songs “made by” Joe Scott, Larry Doyle, and Larry Gorman. Material included in this collection served as source material for Ives’ later publications, Lawrence Doyle: The Farmer-Poet of Prince Edward Island (1971); Larry Gorman: The Man Who Made the Songs (1977); Joe Scott: The Woodman Songmaker (1978); and Drive Dull Care Away: Folksongs from Prince Edward Island (1999). This collection includes recordings of interviews, Ives' field journal, and 17 photographs taken by Ives.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1955-1970


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From the Record Group: 203 items

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English


NA4357 Fred McLaine interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, July 17, 1965, at Lake George, Nova Scotia, Canada. Present during the interview Sharon Spurrell and Fred Cogswell and Mr. McLaine's sister. McLaine, age 80, worked with Joe Scott cutting pulp while working for Fred Greenlow. Joe used to sing his songs while working with the Greenlow pulp operation. Heard Joe's songs before he met Joe. Discusses the song, "The Plain Golden Band." Discusses how Joe "could stop a toothache." Joe was good company, could make predictions, but had "some ways about him...different." McLain was a teamster who yarded logs to a gas-driven saw that cut logs into 4-foot lengths. He discusses how he fell out with his boss after Greenlow struck his horse with a branch. No transcript. Recording: mf167_1.1_ives065.01a_cd079_01 - mf167_1.1_ives065.01a_cd079_22. Time: 00:44:44

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
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