Might anyone be able to direct me to a source for the field recordings made by Peter Kennedy et al for his Folktrax label? I understand the label and the organisation have fallen fallow since Mr. Kennedy himself “went out of print” in 2006. In any event the website fails to load in my browser…
In particular I am looking for a copy of the 1953 Folktrax 170 recording of Donegal fiddler Neilidh Boyle. From what I’ve read on the relevant “Recording” post on this site, the circumstances of this recording could hardly have been more bizarre: “…because the house had no road access, Peter needed to use nearly half a mile of microphone cable in order to operate his tape machine from the car batteries, using the car horn as a signal.”
This particular recording, and the story of the musician it preserves, is of unique interest to me for the admittedly prosaic reason that Neil “Neilidh” Boyle was born about an hour’s drive from my own home, in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1889. After the holidays have concluded I would like to devote some energy toward exploring this enigmatic character from my home state.
I will divulge that my discovery of Boyle’s birthplace (and his mystical connection with the ‘faeries’) revived in me a sense of the cosmic “Synchronicity” that Robert Anton Wilson, among others, advocates as an explanation for phenomena including déjà vu and serendipity. My own connection with this story comes by way of the air “An Cailín Deas Crúite Na MBó”, or “The Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow”.
Many thanks in advance for any insight and assistance you may be able to provide!