Research help request
I am a trad flute player and currently doing research for Ph.D. in History at University College Cork, Ireland. I’m looking for some help with my research – it is on post-World War II emigration from Ireland and traditional music and I have been interviewing a number of musicians, but my personal contacts are limited and I would love to speak with many more. I would like to talk to traditional musicians, sean-nós singers, dancers or anyone with an interest in traditional music who emigrated from Ireland to the US or Britain between 1945 and 1970. I would also be happy to talk to others native to the US or Britain who were involved in the Irish music scene during that time period. I am interested in hearing their life stories and experiences relating to migration and music.
From my reading of discussions here, I think there may be a few people on TheSession.org that fit this description and some of you may know of others. It would be really helpful is if anyone could put me in contact with some of these people who might be willing to tell me about their experiences via letter, email, phone or in person (location allowing – I am based in Cork but will be traveling to Chicago, New York, New Orleans, and maybe a few cities in Britain). Please send me a message through this board if you are willing to help and I will provide my contact information to pass on (if you know someone who would contact me) or send their contact information if they wouldn’t mind a call from me. I think it is really important that musicians’ stories and experiences are heard and recorded and I would really appreciate any help with this. Feel free to ask any questions about the project/research as well. Thank you!