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Joe Walsh, 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


NA4373 Joseph “Joe” Walsh interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, September 1, 1965, at Morell Rear, P.E.I. Also, present Bobby and Stephen Ives. The sound of rambunctious child or children running around can be heard in the background. Walsh performs his version of Joe Scott's ballad, "Howard Carey" that he learned from Tom Keith in P.E.I., a schoolteacher who worked on the railroad and was killed in a train wreck. Walsh explains where in the song he "got it wrong" and advised Ives to use the words as he'd given them to him. Walsh performs "Fogan MacAleer" written by Larry Doyle and explains the origin of the story. Walsh sings "The Callahan Murder" and explains the origin. "Bear at Grand River." Tells the story of "The Picnic at Groshaut" and provides a sample of the tune. Performs "The Irish Jubilee" to applause. Performs "The Hell-Bound Train" which he learned from Fred Kennedy. Brief conversation about depiction of the sexes in folksongs. Ives' notes on the visit are recorded in his "Field Diary, Aug. 20, 1965, to Sept. 10, 1965." (NA2539, p. 27). Text: NA2539-ives065.12. Recording: mf167_1.1_ives065.11 & 12_cd087_12 - mf167_1.1_ives065.11 & 12_cd087_16, and mf167_1.1_ives065.13_cd088_01 - mf167_1.1_ives065.13_cd088_24. Time: 01:12:17.

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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