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Thread #94776   Message #1838465
Posted By: Geoff Wallis
19-Sep-06 - 02:12 PM
Thread Name: Reflections/Criticism of Peter Kennedy
Subject: RE: Reflections/Criticism of Peter Kennedy
I never met Peter Kennedy, but I did correspond with him a few years back. I was attempting to produce a CD compiling all the recordings of the Donegal fiddler Néillidh Boyle (or Neil O'Boyle as he appeared on some 78s). As I explained to Peter in my letter requesting permission to use his own tapes of Néillidh this would be a limited release of 1,000 copies with all proceeds to go to the Donegal Fiddlers' Association.

In response I received a very strange reply asserting that Boyle was an Irish fiddler, not just of interest to Donegal (I think I know what he was getting at) and that PK would grant permission to use 'his' recordings - I won't go into the provenance issue - if he were to receive 75% of the income derived from all retail sales! Agreeing to such terms would have rendered the whole project ridiculous, so I wrote back to tell him so.

Now, of course, PK's Boyle tapes are out of copyright, and it's time to get that compilation back on the road.