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John O'Connor, 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


NA4372 John O'Connor interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, August 31, 1965, at Hope River, P.E.I., Canada. (See NA2539, p. 25). Also present in the room, Mrs. O'Connor and Stephen Ives. O'Connor begins by singing the Joe Scott ballad, "Howard Carey" that he learned in 1919. O'Connor performs "The Plain Golden Band" that he learned from Gabriel Warren in the 1920s. O'Connor performs "The Boys of the Island" he learned from Corelius "Cor" Herrell in 1919. Spoke of entertainment in the woods camps and how he learned the song and repeated the song a second time. O'Connor performs "My 76-Geared Wheel" written by Ambrose Cosgrove circa 1900-1910 and gives the story behind the song. Ives' notes on the visit are recorded in his "Field Diary, Aug. 20, 1965, to Sept. 10, 1965." (NA2539, p. 25) Recording: mf167_1.1_ives065.11 & 12_cd087_01 - mf167_1.1_ives065.11 & 12_cd087_11. Time: 00:28:58

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

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University of Maine
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