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Emma W. Coughlin and Underhill A. Coughlin, 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.


  • 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


NA4362 Underhill A. and Emma W. Coughlin interviewed by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, August 23, 1965, in the Coughlin's home in Brooklyn, P.E.I. Mrs. Coughlin sings “The Norway Bum.” She performs “John Ladner.” Mrs. Coughlin then performs “Guy Reed” by Joe Scott but as her voice weakens, she speaks the lyrics she learned from Dave Coughlin who was a neighbor about 1911 or 1912. She mentions Sam Cannon, who was a singer. Learned the "The Norway Bum" from Hannah Kinch and Laila Corkran who used to visit her family in Rosebank, P.E.I. Mr. Coughlin describes seeing The Burning Ship legend. Mrs. Coughlin then performs part of "The Plain Golden Band" which she learned from her brother when she was about 13 years old. They discuss the origins of the song, "The Thompson Bombardiers." Mention is also made of Larry Gorman, and Jerry Dalton. Ives' notes on the visit are recorded in his "Field Diary, Aug. 20, 1965, to Sept. 10, 1965." (NA2539, p. 1) Recording: mf167_1.1_ives065.03 & 065.04_cd082_01 - mf167_1.1_ives065.03 & 065.04_cd082_14. Time: 00:33:14.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States