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Collections - MF 102 Miramichi Folksong Festival Collection

Number of Interviews: 9
Dates When Interviews Were Conducted: 1958-1987
Time Period Covered: 1950’s – 1980’s
Principal Interviewer: various
Finding Aides: brief indexes of song titles
Access Restrictions: NA850

Descriptions: This collection includes a series of interviews relating to the Miramichi Folksong Festival and recordings of various years of the festival. The Miramichi Folksong Festival takes place annually in Newcastle, New Brunswick. It was founded by Louise Manny in 1958 as a means of showcasing and preserving the traditional songs and ballads of New Brunswick, especially those found in the Miramichi River region. SEE ALSO: MF 032 Louise Manny / Lord Beaverbrook Collection; MF 008 Norman Cazden Collection; and MF 027 Edward D. Ives Collection.

622 Ireland, Florence. Summer 1970. New Brunswick: Newcastle, Glenwood. 20 pp. Tape: 6 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Miramichi Folksong Festival, August 10-11, 1970; interview with Wilmot MacDonald and Peter Shepheard. T341 – T343

850 Wilson, James R. Spring 1975. New Brunswick. 9 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Two reel tape recordings containing interviews conducted by Helen Creighton with some of the participants from the First Annual Miramichi Folk Song Festival held in New Brunswick in 1958. The recordings were made after the festival was over and were supplied to Edward D. Ives by James R. Wilson. Singers and informants include John Underhill (Northwest Bridge), Mrs. John Ryan (Nordin), John Holland (Glenwood), Marie and Perley Hare (n. p.), Finvola Reddin (n. p.). Songs include “Banks of the Gaspereaux,” “Jam on Gerry’s Rock,” “Gallant Brigantine,” “Jeannie Ferguson,” “Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife,” “The Stowaway,” “Napan Heroes,” “James McGee,” “Banks of the Little Eau Plaine,” “Will a Monkey Climb a Tree,” “First Young Man Came a Courting Me,” “Banks of Mullin Stream,” On the Banks of the Clyde,” and several others. RESTRICTED: (Taped copies must be obtained from the National Museum of Canada). T788 – T789

851 Wilson, James R. 1960 & 1962. New Brunswick: McNamee. 10 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Interview with Billy Price, guide and lumberman, recorded by James Wilson at McNamee, New Brunswick on August 4, 1960; September 4, 1960; and August 23, 1962. Interview includes recordings of songs sung by Price including “Dungarvon Whooper,” “Messenger Song,” “Pride of Glencoe,” “Dark Eyed Sailor,” “Benjamin Deane” [recited], “Banks of the Gaspereaux,” “The Soldier’s Prayer,” “Dan Curvy [Curry],” “Peter Emberly,” “Eliza Long,” “Mantle of Green,” “Maid of Dunmore,” “The Apprentice Boy,” “The Blue Eyed Boy,” “The Weaver’s Daughter,” “Benjamin Deane,” “On Board the Victory,” “Captain Moore,” “Banks of the Claudie,” “James MacDonald,” “Effie the Maid of the Mill,” “The Winding Shores,” “The Sku-balled Mare,” and perhaps a few others. Also, two clippings “Miramichi Ballad History Recalled” [1961, about Peter Emberly] and “The Days of Duffy Gillis” [poem dated 1899]. T790 – T792

852 Wilson, James R. August 1963. New Brunswick: Bloomfield Ridge. 11 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Brief tape recorded interview with Irvine Van Horne, who sings and discusses two songs and recites part of a third. Recorded by James Reginald Wilson at Bloomfield Ridge, near Boiestown, New Brunswick, August 15, 1963. Songs are “Donahue’s Spree” and “The County Line” (also known as “The Rose Ann Song”). Mr. Van Horne begins to recite a third piece which is untitled but is about “Rocky Brook” [fragment]. Woods poet and song maker Larry Gorman is mentioned briefly in the interview. Accession consists of the tape and a rough transcript, including song lyrics. T793

1008 Cazden, Norman. August 1966. New Brunswick: Miramichi. 27 pp. No Tape. Brief cat, of songs sung. Collection of tunes sung at the Ninth Annual Miramichi Folksong Festival, August 15 – 17, 1966. 21 pages of handwritten notations of tunes with notes.

1526 Swearingen, Lee. Summer 1972. New Brunswick: Newcastle. 12 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat of songs and performers. Recording of 1972 Miramichi Folksong Festival. T1623 – T1625. [See also P426 - P431] (photos of performers taken by Jayne Lello).

1989 Steiner, Margaret. Summer 1986. New Brunswick: New Castle. 15 pp. Tapes: 9 hrs. w/ brief cat. Recordings of and from the 29th annual Miramichi Folk Festival which include interviews with Allan Kelley, Leontine Kelley, Velma Kelley, Perley Hare and Marie Hare. C474 – C482

1990 Ives, Edward D. Summer 1987. New Brunswick: Newcastle. 10 pp. Tapes: 6 hrs. approx. Recording of the 30th Miramichi Folksong Festival in the Lord Beaverbrook Town Hall, Newcastle, N.B. Also includes programs and newspaper clippings relating to Festival. C483 – C488

1992 Taylor, David. Summer 1975. New Brunswick: Newcastle. 4 pp. Tapes: 3 1/4 hrs. approx. Recording of the final night of the Miramichi Folksong Festival. Also includes letter from David Taylor to Edward Ives. T1958-T1959

2571 [Wilson, James][?]. 1958. New Brunswick. Twelve (12) 7” tape reels documenting the 1958 Miramichi Folksong Festival held in New Brunswick. No other documentation available at time of accessioning. Source reels 2571.1 – 2571.12 During preservation re-recording, the engineer prepared detailed log sheets for the twelve reels. These are now in the accession envelope.

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