Mudcat Café message #3172728 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138595   Message #3172728
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
19-Jun-11 - 03:40 AM
Thread Name: Peter Kennedy's Folktrax recordings
Subject: RE: Peter Kennedy's Folktrax recordings
high quality sound engineering, and proper notes.

I've still got four or five Seamus Ennis FolkTrax tapes featuring all manner of pipe tunes, songs, stories (Sean Aerach - the ultimate odd-couple road-trip involving a hilarious dispute with St Peter over the heart of a lamb...), with some fiddle / whistle as well. As far as Folk Product goes they were something else - duplicated on low-grade unbranded cassette tapes with near-illegible photocopied covers with minimal info (at best) all served up in pastel pinks and blues. I just wish I'd bought more of them when I had the chance really - I've had them since around 1984 and one of these days might even get round to doing a digital transfer. Hoary artefacts of genuine Folkloric significance which are worth cherishing I would have thought, along with all the contentions and controversies that went with them...

I must admit (as I often do) I'm not a huge fan of VOTP (even though I own most of it), feeling that such material deserves open access on-line with the emphasis being on the singers themselves (as in the old Topic collections), rather than further merry mix-ups of song taxonomy.