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Seeking recordings of John Corry, Co. Tyrone

Alan Woods 02 Jan 14 - 11:52 AM
MartinRyan 02 Jan 14 - 05:31 PM
GUEST,kenny 03 Jan 14 - 12:25 PM
GUEST 03 Jan 14 - 01:54 PM
GUEST 04 Jan 14 - 09:59 PM
GUEST,bigJ 05 Jan 14 - 06:45 AM
Jim Carroll 05 Jan 14 - 07:28 AM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 05 Jan 14 - 12:14 PM
GUEST,John Moulden 13 Jan 14 - 08:21 AM
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Subject: John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: Alan Woods
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 11:52 AM

Hello

I'm looking for recordings made of John Corry, a traditional singer from Co. Tyrone.

He was recorded in 1985 by James Foley and these recordings (or a certain number of them) were released by Peter Kennedy on his Folktrax label under the title: The Fairy Boy (FTX - 178).

It seems from my searching thus far that there are currently no recordings of John Corry commercially available.

I wondering if anybody out there might be able to help me!?

Thanks
Alan


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Subject: RE: John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: MartinRyan
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 05:31 PM

Hi ALan

You aware of the cassette/booklet "Harvest Home" containing two tracks by John, collected by James Foley? ITMA will have copy, I'm sure - if not, get back to me.

Not sure what else is out there - but I imagine the usual suspects may be able to point you in other directions...

Regards


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Subject: RE: John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 12:25 PM

I think I know where I've seen a copy of the "Harvest Home" recording / booklet referred to above, but won't be able to check that for a couple of weeks. I'll make a note, and get back to you, but it might be near the end of the month.


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Subject: RE: John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 01:54 PM

Try Dick Greenhaus at Camsco Records.


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Subject: RE: John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 09:59 PM

Thanks everybody for the responses thus far.

I wasn't aware of the 'Harvest Home' cassette/booklet.
I would be definitely be interested in tracking that down also.

I searched ITMA online and came up with nothing for John Corry.
I've haven't been into the archive itself yet to search.

I checked the Camsco website as well...I didn't get any results searching for John Corry but maybe I'll email them to enquire further.

thanks again
Alan


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Subject: RE: Seeking recordings of John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: GUEST,bigJ
Date: 05 Jan 14 - 06:45 AM

The "Harvest Home" recording was produced for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland by Sean Corcoran and released in 1991. It's a compilation and has but two tracks by John Corry. Track No.4 The Duck from Drummuck 4.07 and Track No.9 Bold Frank McHugh 1.55


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Subject: RE: Seeking recordings of John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 05 Jan 14 - 07:28 AM

John Corry has two songs on Harvest Home, 'Little Penknife' and a
highwayman ballad, 'Bold Frank McHugh'.
Both are rare and interesting songs, if I remember rightly, well sung.
I have included the notes to 'penknife' below; will do the longish notes to 'McHugh' later if it is of interest - will supply texts to the two songs as well..
I would have thought John Moulden might have more information on the singer - very much his territory of work - Len Graham or Sean Corcoran might also be able to help.
If you have any problems getting 'Harvest Home', PM me - I might know where there is one.
Good luck
Jim Carroll

"A rare old ballad, widely sung in the Castlederg Aghyarn area. The only other version I know in print is in Edith Fowke's Penguin Book of Canadian Folksongs (London, 1973, No. 80, "The Footboy") where she states: "This ballad is puzzling: I have been unable to find it in any traditional collections in either Britain or North America, or in any broadside collections." The geographical confusion in the first line (Armagh is in the North and Clare in the South of Ireland) is repeated in all the other local versions except one, which just as confusingly begins: "In the County Cavan near Kildare." The title is Corry's.
Here are some alternate readings from a version I recorded from Charlie Edwards, of Castlederg:"


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Subject: RE: Seeking recordings of John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 05 Jan 14 - 12:14 PM

Alan. Below is the tracklist for John Corry, Lovely Isle of Saints, Folktrax 90178. According to my database, the recordings were all made Nov-Dec 1985 by James Foley. Without wishing to open up the same old can of worms, I wonder if this release represented Peter Kennedy up to his old nefarious tricks again. IE., cadge the recordings from the collector and issue them on cassette without seeking the permission of either collector or singer.

I should add therefore that I didn't buy the tape. It was one of a pile of Folktrax's that I was given.

If you send me your address via StationWSM@aol.com I'll send you a CDR copy of the cassette.

John, I think you've got your tracklistings slightly askew. According to aforementioned database, It's Desmond Ward who sings the Duck from Drummuck, not John Corry. That of course is unless I've made a mistake in entering the stuff.


FAIRY BOY, The (Sam Lover) 2'50
Talk about fairy beliefs including that of his mother 2'40
MOLLY BAWN LOWRY talk following 4'34
ORPHAN GIRL, The tune whistled before and after the song 3'32
BONNY IRISH BOY, The 3'25
MASTER McGRATH 2'34
Talk about markets and hiring fairs followed by the song: DAVIE HUNTER 2'30
MY TRUE LOVER, JOHN (or THE GREY COCK) 1.57
MY CHARMING WILLIE-O 1.45
LOVELY ISLE OF SAINTS, The 4.18 1'52
STREETS OF SLIGO, The (or THE GALLOWS SONG) 4.27
Talk about the previous song 1.07
PRAYER talk before and after 1.55
DYING TEXAS RANGER, The 4.05
CLOSE OF AN IRISH DAY, The 3.27
Talk about Country Dances 1'52
FRANK McHUGH 1'55
Story of Supple Corrigan 2'07
LOVELY NANCY THE ROSE OF ARDEE) 2'20
I WONDER WHAT'S KEEPING MY TRUE LOVE TONIGHT ? 3'00
BONNY BUNCH OF ROSES-O, The 3' 55
CARRICKMANNON LAKE 2'38
LITTLE PEN-KNIFE, The (or THE FOOT-BOY) 3'45
PADDY FROM ROSSLEA 1'45
BALLYMOUNT FOREST 4'30
McCAFFERY 4'17
FACTORY GIRL, The 3'28
SAILOR BOY, The (or SWEET WILLIAM) 2'54
SKIBBEREEN 3'22
MY GOOD LOOKING MAN 2'15
SHADES OF EVENING 2'38


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Subject: RE: Seeking recordings of John Corry, Co. Tyrone
From: GUEST,John Moulden
Date: 13 Jan 14 - 08:21 AM

Alan,

Contact me direct and I can make arrangements for you to hear these, both of which I have.

John


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