a treat for us this Christmas

My sisters found a reel to reel tape in our Drayton Valley, AB home labeled “Grandma Singing”. One of them had the tape transcribed to a CD and I turned the file into mp3s. Here is my dear Irish Grandma singing Irish ballads from memory. I remember helping to record these, it had to be somewhere around 1969/1970 when Grandma was in her late 70s.

I haven’t heard my dear grandma’s voice in nearly 40 years. What a blessing, thanks Maureen for taking the initiative on this.

Alice Doggart

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  • The Dear Little Girl

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  • The Little Irish Colleen with Her Old Plaid Shawl

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  • Impudent Barney O’Hay

 

Comments

  1. d4v34x says:

    What a great family memorial! Not to mention folk culture artifact. Was your grandmother an immigrant from the Old World?

    • Hi Dave, yes, my grandma was from Newtownards, Northern Ireland. I did a piece on her father five years ago. He was a founding member of the Baptist church that still preaches the gospel there. Grandma was famous for singing, I remember doing this recording with her when I was somewhere between 12 and 14. We did it on an old reel to reel tape recorder and thought we had lost the tapes until my sisters discovered them a couple of months ago. We have a few more tapes to go through, maybe we’ll find more gems on them… no idea what’s on the tapes. Mostly just weird kid stuff!!!

      Maranatha!
      Don Johnson
      Jer 33.3

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