Mudcat Café message #3773934 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #159284   Message #3773934
Posted By: Virginia Blankenhorn
20-Feb-16 - 06:38 AM
Thread Name: Joe Heaney - any personal memories?
Subject: RE: Joe Heaney - any personal memories?
In listening to some 400 hours of recorded song and conversation between JH and a great many other people, I was struck by how cagey Joe often was when someone asked about his sources -- particularly for those songs in English that formed a good percentage of his teaching repertoire in his later years in the States. While he did learn a good many English-language songs from his father and others in Carna, I have the feeling that he picked up a lot more during his years on the Folk Revival circuit -- from other singers, from recordings, from printed sources -- but that he preferred to let people think that he had learned all of them "at home". I am interested in exploring Joe's experience of the Folk Revival and trying to understand the accommodation he felt he needed to make to the new environment in which he found himself, and how his perception of that need may have helped shape his repertoire. Now you know why I'm asking about this! So if you are of an age to have been around the Revival scene in the relevant time period, and if you have any insights to offer, I'll be delighted to hear from you.