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D.J. MacDermaid Songs & Stories Collection
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- Sound recording
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- MacDermaid, Donald John
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60 audio cassettes.
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The collection was donated to the Beaton Institute by the MacDermaid family on October 13th, 1992.
Scope and content
The collection consists of sixty cassette tapes of both primary recordings and some commercial material collected
by Donald John MacDermaid from the early 1950s to the late 1980s.
Recordings taken in this collection cover a spectrum of Gàidhlig culture from Scotland, Cape Breton, and Massachusetts "The Boston States." In-House recordings include Gàidhlig stories and songs by singers such as MacDermaid himself, his brother Norman, Florence MacLeod, Ross MacDonald, Kenneth Morrison, and others. Fiddle & pipe tunes from renowned Cape Breton musicians like Winston Fitzgerald, Lee Cremo and Bill Lamey round out the musical selections. Commercial recordings include songs by Norman MacLean, Archie Grant, Calumn Kennedy and other Scottish singers.