The Musical Priest radio documentary

The Musical Priest radio documentary

Richard Henebry died one hundred years ago on March 17th, 1916. He was a song collector and musicologist (and priest) from Portlaw, Waterford.

I wasn’t familiar with his life and work until I heard this radio documentary made a few years back:

https://soundcloud.com/rollingwave/the-musical-priest-radio


The framing of the documentary is …different. There are some scene-setting re-enactments that don’t quite work for me, but the subject matter overall is pretty fascinating. Definitely worth a listen.

It certainly made me want to investigate the ideas and theories (and music!) of this character. Does anyone have any more background material?

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http://www.music.ucc.ie/henebry/history/rev-dr-richard-henebry/

http://www.itma.ie/digitallibrary/print-collection/henebry-a-handbook-of-irish-music-1928

http://www.itma.ie/digitallibrary/print-collection/henebry-richard-irish-music

That first link has a bunch of cylinder recordings (under Music at the top) as well. He sounded like quite the character, maybe not always completely beholden to fact with respect to irish music.

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Thanks, Nico—great stuff!

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I haven’t read all of his stuff - I suppose I should get back to those links myself!!

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Ditto on the appreciation Nico!

”~ the customs of so-called strange people.”

"In a little time I was astonished to find that the so-called ‘correct fingering’ failed to return Irish music."

Thanks for this Jeremy, vaudeville re-enactments aside, I enjoyed this listen, especially the interviews. Where they’re giving voice to Richard Henebry himself, I take it those ‘quotes’ are based on surviving manuscript accounts? I loved the bit about ‘simple instruments’, like the ivy leaf, an appreciation I share.