Category Archives: Irish Music Archives

Sounds of Mid-20th Century Irish America: Irish Traditional Music in Boston and New York

Two collections of open-reel tapes of Irish traditional music in Boston and New York (1950s-1960s) have been digitized by Boston College Libraries. Continue reading

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Joe Derrane and his Gaillard Accordion

The Irish Music Archives at John J. Burns Library is delighted to announce the acquisition and display of Joe Derrane’s D/C# Gaillard accordion, a gift to the Library from his children, Joseph P. Derrane, Jr. and Sheila A. Harvey. The … Continue reading

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Irish Music Symposium

A research symposium organized by the National University of Ireland Galway in conjunction with the Irish Music Archives in the John J. Burns Library at Boston College will capitalize on the energy of music-related scholarship happening globally and present findings … Continue reading

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Traditional Music, Old and New: The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music

Irish traditional music followers worldwide can now access hundreds of music tracks in The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, a digital collection produced and published by the Boston College Libraries. This collection of tunes and songs was compiled over fifteen … Continue reading

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Traditional Cape Breton and Irish Music in Boston: the Muise Family Collection

Followers of traditional fiddle music will be pleased to learn that the Muise Family Collection of Cape Breton and Irish Music has recently been processed as part of the Burns Library’s Irish Music Archives.

The Muise Family collection includes recordings of impromptu house sessions of Cape Breton and Irish music, performed by a variety of musicians in the Boston area. Included are informal music gatherings and social events that took place in the Muise home in Dorchester (1951-1965) and Roslindale (1965 and later), as recorded on home recording equipment by Johnny and Mary Muise. The collection also includes some concerts and other gatherings. Continue reading

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One Story Draws Another: Irish American History in Boston

  These selections from the Irish American manuscript collections at the Burns Library are loosely bound together by common threads of shared affiliation with the University and with the City of Boston – its business and its politics. To each of us working on … Continue reading

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One Story Draws Another: Researcher Stories

The fifth and final section of  the Burns Library exhibit One Story Draws Another, featuring publications that draw on one or more Burns Library Irish collections, is now on display in the Ford Tower.   This Researcher Stories section joins the four … Continue reading

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