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Midwest Irish Music Oral History Project

The Midwest Irish Music Oral History Project aims to collect the music and stories of Irish music in Milwaukee and the greater Midwest so that they may be shared with future generations and their influence can be truly appreciated and understood.

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Jim and Kathie Vint Oral History Interview

Jim and Kathie Vint Oral History Interview

Jim and Kathie Vint talk about their early lives, learning about Irish set dancing, and introducing Irish set dancing - as well as cultivating live Irish music to play for set dancing - in the Milwaukee area.

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Year
  • 2019
WIMA Oral History
  • Accordion
  • Dancing
  • Irish traditional
  • Milwaukee
  • Songs
Derek Byrne Oral History Interview

Derek Byrne Oral History Interview

Derek Byrne talks about growing up in County Kildare, learning both Irish music and Bluegrass while growing up, touring with Riverdance, and moving to Milwaukee and becoming part of the area Irish music scene.

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  • 2019
WIMA Oral History
  • Banjo
  • Kildare
  • Milwaukee
  • Songs
Barry Dodd Oral History Interview

Barry Dodd Oral History Interview

Singer and guitarist Barry Dodd talks about growing up in Dublin, learning songs at the feet of the Dubliners, running folk clubs in Europe, organic farming in Corsica, and coming to Milwaukee.

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Year
  • 2019
WIMA Oral History
  • Dublin
  • Milwaukee
  • Songs
Susan Nicholson Oral History Interview

Susan Nicholson Oral History Interview

Fiddle player Susan Nicholson discusses her life and career playing Irish music in the Milwaukee community, ranging from her early life, the forming of the Glenghillies, and her current project Frogwater.

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Year
  • 2019
WIMA Oral History
  • Fiddle
  • Irish traditional
  • Milwaukee
Jeff Ward Oral History Interview

Jeff Ward Oral History Interview

Jeff Ward discusses growing up in Carlisle, England, how he learned his music, and how he relocated to the Milwaukee area and became part of the local Irish music community.

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Year
  • 2019
WIMA Oral History
  • Milwaukee
  • Songs
Gary and Julie Bottoni Oral History Interview

Gary and Julie Bottoni Oral History Interview

Gary and Julie Bottoni discuss their participation in the Milwaukee Irish and Scottish music communities, including their involvement with the Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipes and Drums band, pipe band culture, and Irish music in Milwaukee.

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  • 2019
WIMA Oral History
  • Bagpipes
  • Milwaukee
  • Scottish

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Jack Healy - Irish American Singer and Saxophonist

Jack Healy: Irish Tenor and Saxophonist

One of Paddy Killoran's band members and collaborators, Jack Healy had one foot in the jazz world and the other in the 1930s New York Irish music scene. Read more...

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