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Audio Recording Mae Mulcahy plays concertina and discusses Irish dances and life in Butte, Montana, part 2

Several concertina tunes, and discussion of the Irish dances, and life in Butte, especially Corktown

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  • Mae Mulcahy plays concertina and discusses Irish dances and life in Butte, Montana, part 2


  • Stanton, Gary Ward, 1946- (Collector)
  • Johnson, Paula J., 1954- (Collector)
  • Cassidy, Pete (Interviewee)
  • Betty Jo? (Interviewee)
  • Mulcahy, Mae (Interviewee)

Created / Published

  • Butte, Montana, August 28, 1979


  • -  Irish Americans
  • -  Concertina players
  • -  Folk songs, Irish
  • -  Concertina
  • -  Dance (social events)
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Field recordings
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Music
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  United States -- Montana -- Butte


  • Ethnography
  • Field recordings
  • Interviews
  • Music
  • Sound recordings


  • -  Index data: Part 2 of a 3-part recording session with Irish American musician Mae Mulcahy [Donna Mae (Bennett) Mulcahy] of Butte MT: Mae Mulcahy discusses step dancing, and Father McCoy who taught it at the Christian Brothers School, "I was dancing the Irish Dances when I was 12 yrs old. My kids all love to dance, but they didn't learn in school," Mae would like to get a good concertina; plays "When Irish Eyes Are Shining" to demonstrate different tonalities.; plays "Pretty Spot in Ireland" and unnamed tune; [Butte resident] Packie Buckley's father played the bagpipe, his mother ran a big boardinghouse, for the young Irish miners, some she just put up their buckets for the miners, lunch buckets; Mae went down and in the tramway, to the 600 or 700 level [in the mine], her friend's father was a shift boss; Pete Cassidy tells about a woman who worked in the mine for three or four years without anyone knowing she was a woman; Betty Jo drove a truck in the pit; Mae showing a piece of her mother's house in Tipperary; Mae has a granddaughter in Minnesota, "She is awful lonesome; instead of going to see Notre Dame play USC we'll go to San Francisco on St. Patrick's Day"; Pete Cassidy drives four miles to the bar every day, the Goodwill Bar; Father Eamon (Sarsfield O'Sullivan's brother, sometimes spelled Eamonn) wanted to be buried in in a plain box; about Sean O'Sullivan, no longer had shindigs, all the shindigs were between 1916 and 1919, young Irish people came to America to avoid the war, all could dance; the "fardowners" [term for Irish laborers in America] didn't want the local guys to come to their shindigs; the lady who had the big boardinghouse by St. Mary's Church had a great big shindig, people danced in her dining room, there was a big fight; girls didn't drink or smoke in those days, they were all nice ladies, ladies wouldn't go to the bar, Mae says, "I think those were better days, when they started letting ladies in the bars, if they kept women out of the bars it wouldn't be that bad, you get hold of a drunken woman and you've got problems, a drunken man is bad enough."


  • 7-inch reel

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Call number: AFC 1981/005: AFS 20442
  • MBRS shelflist: RXA 0928
  • Field project identifier: MT9-GS-R57

Source Collection

  • Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)


  • American Folklife Center

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  • audio

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Stanton, Gary Ward, Paula J Johnson, Pete Cassidy, Betty Jo?, and Mae Mulcahy. Mae Mulcahy plays concertina and discusses Irish dances and life in Butte, Montana, part 2. Butte, Montana, 1979. Audio.

APA citation style:

Stanton, G. W., Johnson, P. J., Cassidy, P., Betty Jo? & Mulcahy, M. (1979) Mae Mulcahy plays concertina and discusses Irish dances and life in Butte, Montana, part 2. Butte, Montana. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Stanton, Gary Ward, et al. Mae Mulcahy plays concertina and discusses Irish dances and life in Butte, Montana, part 2. Butte, Montana, 1979. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.