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MF 102 Miramichi Folksong Festival Collection

Number of accession: 11
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1950s – 1980s
Time period covered: mid 20th century
Principal interviewers: James Reginald Wilson
Finding aides: catalogs
Access restrictions: NA 0850
Description: 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.


0622 Wilmot MacDonald and Peter Shepheard, interviewed by Florence Ireland, August 10-11, 1970, Newcastle and Glenwood, New Brunswick. 20 pp. w/ brief cat. & trans. Also present and adding to the discussion are Lena MacDonald, Lena Shepheard, and Bob Ireland. MacDonald and Shepheard talk about the Miramichi Folksong Festival and sing some songs. Text: 4 pp. catalog; 16 pp. transcript of the interview done on the 11th. Recording: T 0341 – T 0343 6 hours.

0850 John Underhill, Mrs. John Ryan, John Holland, Marie Hare, Perley Hare, Finvola Reddin, and more, interviewed by Helen Creighton, 1958, New Brunswick, donated by James Reginald Wilson, spring 1975. Two reel tape recordings containing interviews conducted by Creighton with some of the participants from the First Annual Miramichi Folksong Festival. The recordings were made after the festival was over and were supplied to Edward D. “Sandy” Ives by Wilson. Singers and informants include Underhill (Northwest Bridge), Ryan (Nordin), Holland (Glenwood), the Hares (n. p.), and 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. Text: brief catalog, 9 pp. index. Recording: T 0788 – T 0789 / PM 0213 – PM 0214 2 hours.

851 Billy Price, interviewed by James Reginald Wilson, August 4, 1960, September 4, 1960, and August 23, 1962, McNamee, New Brunswick. 10 pp. Price, guide and lumberman, sings his own songs, 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 others. Also, two clippings “Miramichi Ballad History Recalled” [1961, about Peter Emberly] and “The Days of Duffy Gillis” [poem dated 1899]. Text: brief catalogs, two clippings. Recording: T 0790 – T 0792 / PM 0215 – PM 0217 2 hours.

0852 Irvine Van Horne, interviewed by James Reginald Wilson, August 15, 1963, Bloomfield Ridge, New Brunswick. Horne sings and discusses two songs and recites part of a third. Songs are “Donahue’s Spree” and “The County Line” (also known as “The Rose Ann Song”). The third piece 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. Text: 9 pp. rough transcript. Recording: T 0793 1 hour.

0854 Miramichi Folksong Festival performers, recorded by Helen Creighton, August 12, 13, and 14, 1963, Newcastle, New Brunswick, donated by James Reginald Wilson 1975. 11 pp. Accession consists of three tape reels containing songs and ballads performed at the annual Miramichi Folksong Festival August 12, 13, and 14, 1963 recorded presumably by folklorist, Helen Creighton. Singers featured on the tapes include Nick Underhill, Allan Kelly, Wilson Jonah, Joe Esty, Mrs. Allen MacDonald, Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, Stanley MacDonald, Arch MacDonald, Perley Hare, Mrs. Edmund Richardson, Mrs. Velma Kelly, Albert Peters, Frank and Ray Esty, and others. Accession envelope contains a rough log of tape contents. Text: 15 pp. index. Recording: T 0798 – T 0802, CD 0584 – CD 0588 5 hours.

1526 Miramichi Folksong Festival, interviewed by Lee Swearingen, summer 1972, Newcastle, New Brunswick. 12 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat of songs and performers. Recording of 1972 Miramichi Folksong Festival. Recording: T 1623 – T 1625, CD 2076 – CD 2077 4 hours. Photos: P 0426 – P 0431.

1989 Allan Kelley, Leontine Kelley, Velma Kelley, Perley Hare, Marie Hare, and Miramichi Folksong Festival, interviewed by Margaret Steiner, summer 1986, New Castle, New Brunswick. 15 pp. Tapes: 9 hrs. w/ brief cat. Recordings of and from the 29th Miramichi Folk Festival. Text: 15 pp. transcript. Recording: C 0474 – C 0482 9 hours.

1990 Miramichi Folksong Festival, recorded by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, August 3-5, 1987, Lord Beaverbrook Town Hall, Newcastle, New Brunswick. 10 pp. Tapes: 6 hrs. approx. Recording of the 30th Miramichi Folksong Festival. Also includes programs and newspaper clippings relating to Festival.
Text: programs and newspaper clippings. Recording: C 0483 – C 0488 6 hours approx.

1992 Miramichi Folksong Festival, recorded by David Taylor, summer 1975, New Castle, New Brunswick. 4 pp. Tapes: 3 1/4 hrs. approx. Recording of the final night of the 18th (?) Miramichi Folksong Festival. Also includes letter from David Taylor to Edward D. “Sandy” Ives. Text: 1 pp. catalog. Recording: T 1958, T 1959 3 1/4 hours approx.

2571 James Reginald Wilson, 1958, New Brunswick. Twelve (12) 7” tape reels documenting the 1958 Miramichi Folksong Festival held in New Brunswick. Detailed log sheets for the twelve reels. Text: log sheets. Recording: 12 7” tape reels, CD 0589 – CD 0590.

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