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Discographer seeks information:

I am currently working on a Hawaiian & Hawaiian steel guitar discography of 78rpm records covering from c.1890 to c.1960 and can always use input from collectors, discographers, music historians, ethno-musicologists, etc.  I am specifically seeking first hand data from the records themselves as well as information concerning band personnel and recording locations from surviving musicians or their families.  The book covers 78rpm and cylinder recordings world-wide (not just the US and Hawaii).  I have been compiling the work for the last eight years and expect publication within the next two.

All contributors will be given credit for their input in print.  Please post to:

T. Malcolm Rockwell, P.O. Box 1064, Kula, Hawaii 96790-1064, USA
or e-mail me directly at: malcolm@maui.net


Musical Traditions Club dates:

An evening of Irish Song and Story, with

Len Graham, John Campbell, Niamh Parsons

with Ron Kavana, Tomás Lynch & Brian McNeill

at O'Reilly's (formerly Dolly Fossett's, formerly The Old Farmhouse)
291 Kentish Town Road, London NW5

Easter Saturday, 3rd April

£5 and concessions

And normal Club evenings at the King & Queen, Foley Street, W1:

And at the Royal Oak:

Station Street, Lewes, Sussex - Thursdays

Martin Hayes tour dates:

Irish Fiddle maestro and Denis Cahill are appearing at:

Irish guests at English festivals:

MT readers should be particularly pleased to hear that Mary MacNamara, that fine anglo concertina player, has - after several unsuccessful attempts to book her - agreed to come to Sidmouth festival this year (30th July - 6th August).

And that most danceable of uilleann pipers and lovely sean nós singer, Éamon ó Bróithe, will be at both The National (16th - 18th April) and John Waltham's singing weekend at Purse Caundle, Dorset (18th - 20th June).

News from Doc Rowe:

In case you haven't heard ... Phillip Donnellan died in Ireland last Tuesday (16th February) ... he had several strokes a few months ago and never really recovered ...

(We hope to have further details in the near future - Ed.)

Other news:

Topic are bringing out ALL the Radio Ballads on CD in May and a Sheila Stewart (my recordings from last October) is due out late summer ... but probably missing the Festivals, sadly.  I am also producing a storytelling tape for Sheila which will be available in a month or so ...

(We'll keep you posted on the latter - Ed.)

English Country Music Weekend 1999

News just in - unfortunately, the hopes that the ECMW event would get back on the road again this year and travel up to Ripponden in June have been dashed by last minute venue problems.

Fortunately, Postlip Hall is still available - so the 1999 ECMW will once again be in this lovely Gloucestershire setting.   Full details are available at the ECMW Page.

Collectors Items

I'm not going to make a habit of this, but since quite a lot of you seem to be trying to fill some of the holes in your record collections at the moment - spurred on perhaps by the publication of our two discogaphies - I thought you might be interested in the following.  Little Pot Stove Records have just sent me their latest list, which contains such a lot of interesting stuff that I though you'd like to share it.  The number at the end is the price in pounds.  Here goes: For more details contact: Little Pot Stove Records, 213 Nursery Rd, Dinnington, Sheffield S31 7QU, UK.  Telephone/Fax UK 01909 569481.

The Journey of Sounds

A 12 CD collection of Portuguese influenced music

A few readers might be interested in this collection, which has been co-produced by the National Commission for Commemorating the Portuguese Discoveries, the Portuguese Pavilion at EXPO 98 World Exhibition, and Tradisom.

'The Journey of Sounds' is a collection documenting Portuguese musical influences throughout the world, especially in places where the Discoverers forged lasting contacts.  Unreleased recordings from Goa, Damao, Diu (India), Sri Lanka, Malaca (Malaysia), Sumatra, Macau, East Timor, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Cape Verde and Brazil.

Each CD includes a colour booklet (in most cases over 100 pages) containing the complete historical description and lyrics of all the songs in three languages (original language, Portuguese and English). Research was carried out by prestigious investigators such as Professor Margareth Kartomi of the University of Monash in Australia, Professor Margaret Sarkissian of Smith College and Professor Keneth David Jackson of Yale University, both from the USA, Dr. Susana Sardo of the University of Aveiro, Dr. Joao Soeiro de Carvalho of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, both from Portugal.

MT had been offered the set for US$225.00 (includes airfreight costs).  They accept credit cards (VISA or MASTERCARD).  Visit their Website at www.tradisom.com for further details, or e-mail José Môças at info@tradisom.com

Robert Shelton Memorial Conference

Call For Papers

Robert Shelton was a renowned writer.  His definitive work on Bob Dylan (No Direction Home) is now considered by many to be a seminal text on perhaps the most significant US singer/songwriter of the 20th century.  Shelton also wrote copiously on US and UK folk music and country music.  Following his death the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool received some of Bob’s most significant archives.  Now, in a celebration of Shelton’s life and work, we are holding what we hope will be the first of an annual Robert Shelton Memorial Conference.

The Robert Shelton Archive at the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool is holding a one day Robert Shelton Memorial conference at the University on May 1st, 1999.  The Archive is seeking papers devoted to areas of popular music expertise which reflect Bob Shelton’s interests.  These need not be ‘academic’, as such, but projects related to the following fields of research:

Selected papers may be published. PRESENTATIONS WIL BE LIMITED TO 20 MINUTES.

Please submit 200-word abstracts by 1st. March, 1999 to:
Michael Brocken, Robert Shelton Archive, Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69, 3BX.

Advance Booking:

If you would like to book a place at the conference the following rates apply:

Individual rate @ £10 - Reduced rate (students, pensioners, unemployed) @ £5 - Fees include conference attendance, conference pack, coffee and tea. (fee on the day of the conference £15).

Please enclose a cheque, payable to the Institute of Popular Music, to the above address.

Also enquire about details of membership of the Robert Shelton Archive which entitles you to use the facilities at the archive.


Rod Stradling - e-mail: rod@mustrad.org.uk    Tel: 01453 759475
snail-mail: 1 Castle Street, Stroud, Glos GL5 2HP, UK

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