Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, reel 9, side 1

Photo of reel-to-reel tape recorderFor all our readers and researchers eager to learn of new resources in Irish music, we continue a series of blog posts featuring audio from the Joe Lamont collection. The open-reel audiotapes in Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings are a mix of live instrumental music—much of it from New York City’s Irish music clubs of the 1950s and 1960s—along with dubs of both published and unpublished 78-rpm discs. Compiled by fiddle player Joe Lamont (1905-1974), the collection is now digitized and is part of Burns Library’s Irish Music Archives.

This blog post presents the entire content of reel 9, side 1 in six digital audio clips. The corresponding portion of Lamont’s typed tracklist appears below each audio clip.

Lamont's tracklist for reel 9 side 1

Lamont’s tracklist for reel 9 side 1, Joe Lamont Irish music recordings, IM.M145.2005, John J. Burns Library, Boston College


Reel 9, side 1, audio clip 1 (00:00 to 04:06)

  • Probably Paddy Bán O’Sullivan, fiddle
    • Maid of Mt. Kisco; Reel of Mullinavat (reels)
    • Lark in the Morning (jig)
    • Hennessy’s (hornpipe)

reel9-side1-track1


Reel 9, side 1, audio clip 2 (04:06 to 07:03)

  • Probably Paddy Killoran Club, various instruments
    • Star of Munster; George White’s Favorite (reels)

reel9-side1-track2


Reel 9, side 1, audio clip 3 (07:07 to 17:46)

  • Probably Paddy Killoran Club, various instruments
    • Lark in the Morning (jig)
    • Dublin Reel; Rakish Paddy; Flogging Reel; Cooley’s (reels)
    • Hennessy’s (hornpipe)

Lamont's notes for audio clip 3


Reel 9, side 1, audio clip 4 (17:46 to 20:48)

  • Probably Paddy Killoran Club, various instruments
    • Winter Apples (aka The Connemara Stocking); The Scholar (reels)

reel9-side1-track4


Reel 9, side 1, audio clip 5 (20:48 to 28:17)

  • Probably Paddy Killoran Club, various instruments
    • Over the Moor to Maggie (listed by Lamont as Kitty’s Wedding); Duke of Leinster (reels)
    • Manning’s (aka Lost and Found) (jig)
    • Sporting Pat (aka Sporting Paddy) (reel)
    • Scatter the Mud (jig)
    • Maid Behind the Bar (reel)

reel9-side1-track5


Reel 9, side 1, audio clip 6 (28:17 to 31:24)

  • Probably Paddy Killoran Club, various instruments
    • The Dawn; The New Copperplate (reels)

reel9-side1-track6


About the Joe Lamont Collection

Each audio clip in this blog post is from Audio file 99570_0000 (reel 9), Joe Lamont Irish music recordings, IM.M145.2005, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

The six audio clips above represent reel 9, side 1 from beginning to end. The side is 31 minutes and 24 seconds long and contains unpublished music. The library-assigned reel number (in this case, “9”) is in the upper right corner of the tracklist.

Listeners may notice anomalies that originated on the tape: abrupt beginnings and endings, variation in sound quality and volume, and tempo/pitch alterations.

An emigrant from Co. Derry, Lamont began working for the New York City Transit Authority in 1927. As a fiddle player he was actively involved in establishing clubs for Irish musicians in his adopted city. He brought his reel-to-reel tape recorder to live events; he also used it to dub sound discs onto reels. Lamont’s personal collection of 60 open-reel tapes was donated to Burns Library’s Irish Music Archives by his nephew James Lowney.  Boston College Libraries digitized and described the collection as part of a 2018 Recordings at Risk digitization grant project.

Further details about the collection can be viewed by downloading the collection’s finding aid and viewing the latest blog posts about the Joe Lamont collection. If you have questions, comments, or additional information to share with us, we invite you to contact the Library.

— Elizabeth Sweeney, Irish Music Librarian, Burns Library


Sources consulted

  • Dalton, Ciarán. “The Sullivans of Baltygarron, Spa, County Kerry.” In Ardfert by the Sea: A Memoir of Traditional Music, Musicians and Dance from Ardfert, County Kerry, c. 1900-2000, 32-39. Fenit, Co. Kerry: Caherard Publications, 2009. 
  • Henrik Norbeck’s ABC Tunes
  • Lamont, Joe. Spoken remarks to Ciarán Mac Mathúna, circa 1962.  Box 29, Folder 76, Séamus Connolly Papers, Series II.A, IM.M064.1999, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.
  • O’Sullivan, Paddy.  Spoken remarks to Ciarán Mac Mathúna, circa 1962. Box 29, Folder 76, Séamus Connolly Papers, Series II.A, IM.M064.1999, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.
  • The Session

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1 Response to Streaming Audio: Joe Lamont Irish Music Recordings, reel 9, side 1

  1. Joe Crane says:

    Very enjoyable music. A huge Thank you to all involved. It is what this music is all about- giving back to the community from where it originated in a spirit of great generosity.

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