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John Miller, 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


NA4382 John Miller, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, April 2, 1962, at the Miller home in Morell, P.E.I. Miller sings the most complete version of "When Johnny Went Plowing for Kieran" found to date and names Kieran Larkin and Johnny McCormick as the subjects of the song. Sings “Bear at Grand River,” fragmentary with long pauses. Miller sings a complete version of “Prince Edward Isle, Adieu.” Sings one stanza of “The Merchants of the Bay.” Miller sings two stanzas of the song he made, "When Hay is High" explained the meaning. Sings "When They Christened Sweet Innistaboy" an "Irish" song he learned from a book and put his own tune to. No transcript. Recording: mf167_1.1_ives068.05_cd124_01-mf167_1.1_ives068.05_cd124_07. Time: 00:25:23

NA4393 John Miller, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, Morell, P.E.I., April 4, 1969. 1. (song) "When Johnny Went Plowing for Kieran" followed by Miller explaining the meaning of some of the words in the lyrics. Song made by Larry Doyle. 2. (song) "Prince Edward Isle, Adieu." Conversation follows, explaining terms and meaning of the song. Recording: mf167_1.1_ives069.03_cd131_12 - mf167_1.1_ives069.03_cd131_16. Time: 00:14:05

NA4394 John Miller, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, Morell, P.E.I., April 4, 1969. This is the continuation of the interview started at the end of ives 069.03. 1. (song) "Winter of 1902." 2. (song) "Bear at Grand River." 3. (song) "Merchants of the Bay," just the first verse. 4. (song) "Potato Bug" just the opening lines. 5. (song) "The Bonnie Flora Clark" followed by conversation. 6. (song) local version of "Doran's Ass" or "Paddy Doyle's Ass." Recording: mf167_1.1_ives069.04_cd132_01.mp3 - mf167_1.1_ives069.04_cd132_16. Time: 00:27:48

NA4407 John Miller, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives at Morell, P.E.I., July 22, 1970. Ives' notes follow: 1. Song "Prince Edward Isle, Adieu." 2. Song "The Bear at Grand River." Discussion follows. 3. Song "Johnny Went Plowing for Kearon." Discussion follows. Talk of Doyle. The area where L.D. lived. Occasions for singing. 4. Discuss Caylee. 5. Talk about L.D. and song about Dr. MacDonald. Song "The Old Leather Breeches" sung and discussed. 4 pp. Recording: mf167_1.1_ives070.09 & 70.10_cd141_10 -mf167_1.1_ives070.09 & 070.10_cd141_15. Time: 00:25:04

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