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Thread #155912   Message #3672341
Posted By: Jim Carroll
27-Oct-14 - 04:26 AM
Thread Name: John Reilly, traveller singer.
Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
Does anybody have any information about the D.K. Wilgus collection at U.C.L.A.?
Tom Munnelly introduced D.K. to John Reilly - it was through meeting him that Tom became a full time collector.
Wilgus returned to the U.S. with his Irish recordings; Tom always believed that there might have been material that he had not managed to get from John, but attempts to find this out always met with no response.
Tom, and other devotees, on realising John's situation, tried to organise a number of bookings for him in order to alleviate hid situation.
They drew a blank with a (nameless) organisation, who refused their request on the grounds that he "was not a sean nůs singer"!
It is interesting to speculate on how much song and information has been lost down the years through anti-Traveller prejudice.
The great Gavin Greig (he of the magnificent Aberdeenshire collection) failed to record a near neighbour Traveller living in New Deer, though he was a noted figure locally as a piper.
Years later, he was found to have one of the few Robin Hood ballads got from a field singer.
Jim Carroll