UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Joe Heaney recordings: Joe Heaney Collection, Undated

Overview of the Collection

Heaney, Joe, 1919-1984
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Joe Heaney recordings: Joe Heaney Collection
2 items  :  EC - 2 reels (7.5 ips, 2 tr. stereo, 7"); WT - 1 DAT (digital, stereo); Duration: 00:54:14
Collection Number
Copy of tape belonging to KUOW Radio, University of Washington, Seattle.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joe Heaney (AKA Joe Éinniú; Irish: Seosamh Ó hÉanaí) (1919 - 1984) was an Irish traditional (sean nós) singer from County Galway, Ireland. He spent most of his adult life abroad, living in England, Scotland and New York City, in the course of which he recorded hundreds of songs. A magnificent singer in both Gaelic and English, Heaney sings in sean-nos, the highly ornamented style of traditional Irish song.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Tape 1 contains recording of the first half of Roaratorio, which was dubbed from KUOW's copy. Approximately 8-10 of Joe Heaney's songs are included in this dub, although many of them are unintelligible due to everything else that occurs in the piece.

Tape 2 contains an interview with John Cage about the piece.

See also 86-11.1 (complete commercial recording of Roaratorio); see also 86-12.1-3 (8 songs sung by Joe Heaney recorded by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Koln on the occasion of the production of Roaratorio).

Oxide shed noted on EC tapes 1/93; tapes baked before work tape produced.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1984047-0001: Joe Heaney Collection: Dub from KUOW radio of first half of Roaratorio and interview with John Cage
1 audiotape : DAT

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Rural Irish--Europe--British Isles

Geographical Names

  • Europe--Europe--General Europe
  • Ireland