Sean O’Boyle

Sean O'Boyle Recording Picture

My grandfather, Sean O’Boyle, died 35 years ago today. He was a sound archivist for the BBC in the 1950s during the advent of portable tape recorders, charged with collecting in recorded form “for the purposes of broadcasting, as much of the surviving folk music and local forms of speech as possible” from around Ireland.

The picture is from the summer of 1953 – Mrs Gallagher (over 90 years old) performed 30 songs from memory over 3 hours, 10 in English and 20 in Irish during this recording session.

https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2022/1046/Archivist_7_1_slocombe.pdf?sequence=1

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Sean O’Boyle

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