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John Banks, 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


NA4405 Mrs. John Banks, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives at Poplar Point, P.E.I., July 22, 1970. Information on Hughie Lauchlan MacDonald and his songs, also Dan Somers and Lawrence Doyle, other song makers; discusses references in songs; recites parts of songs; talks about farming. Banks was born at Table Head and moved to Poplar Point when he was three years old. Worked in Boston. Been as far as Route 16 on the Island. Mentions that Somers was a beautiful singer and had low vision so used the help of a young man to walk with him. Mrs. Banks chimes in to explain some of the terminology in the songs. Recording: mf167_1.1_ives070.08_cd140_29 - mf167_1.1_ives070.08_cd140_47. Time: 00:36:07

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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