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January 26, 1994

Irish And Irish-American Music Presented to Folk Archive

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has received for its Archive of Folk Culture the recorded collections of the Philadelphia Ceili Group (PCG), the oldest and largest American organization devoted to the preservation and promotion of Irish and Irish-American music. Dr. Kenneth S. Goldstein, retired chair of graduate studies in folklore and folklife at the University of Pennsylvania, and Mr. Robin Hiteshew, former president of the PCG, recently visited the Center to present the material.

This vast collection of 92 audiotapes, 217 audiocassettes, and 36 videocassettes documents concerts, lectures, workshops, and festival events sponsored by the PCG from 1979 to 1993. The array of Irish and Irish-American performers and lecturers represented here is comprehensive and reflects the resurgence of interest in Irish music and dance during the past 25 years. Musical performances by Joe Heaney, Mick Moloney, Christy Moore, DeDannan, Altan, and many others are documented, as well as lectures by scholars such as Dennis Clark, Brian Donnelly, Maggie Kreusi, and Turlough O'Faolin. The events of the annual PCG fall festivals are recorded in their entirety. In addition, the collection is accompanied by a 14-chronological tape listing, as well as a series of festival programs and posters donated by Mr. Hiteshew.

The American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress was established in 1976 by the U.S. Congress to "preserve and present" American folklife. Now part of the Center, the Archive of Folk Culture was established at the Library in 1928 (as the Archive of American Folk-Song) and has grown to become one of the largest collections of ethnographic material in the world.

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PR 94-017
ISSN 0731-3527

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