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Pat Mackenzie and Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie


Jim Carroll, a Liverpudlian of Irish descent and Pat Mackenzie, a half-Scottish Londoner, have been involved with the traditional arts, particularly song, since the early 1960s. They met in London in 1969 as members of a singing workshop run by singer, songwriter and playwright Ewan MacColl, who was to be a major influence on their lives. Individually and together, they organised and sang in folk clubs and singing workshops in Manchester and London and were instrumental in introducing many Irish traditional musicians to folk clubs in London, particularly Clare men Tom McCarthy and Bobby Casey. Pat and Jim not only recorded musicians playing and talking but, in 1973, commenced a twenty year project with Irish Travellers in London, recording a huge amount of songs and much information on travelling life and lore, in Ireland and the U.K.

Also in 1973, they visited Clare where they met singers and musicians including singer Ollie Conway, and fiddle player Junior Crehan, who invited them to record “a few tunes”, as well as songs and stories. They returned in 1974, met Tom Munnelly and family, and started recording singers and storytellers, initially with Tom and then, independently, on annual visits to Miltown Malbay, where they finally settled in 1998.

In 1978, an L.P. of their recordings of Tom Lenihan, ‘Paddy’s Panacea’, was issued in London and they have contributed to many CDs of field recordings, including the 20 volume Topic series, ‘Voice of the People’. Double CDs of songs and stories from Irish Travellers; ‘From Puck to Appleby’ and of their West Clare recordings, ‘Around the Hills of Clare’ were issued in 2003 and 2004.

Pat and Jim have participated in and featured in several radio and television programmes including a three part series on their work with Irish Travellers for Lyric FM in 2008, produced by Paula Carroll.
They have lectured at conferences, festivals, seminars and gatherings, including at University College Dublin and the University of Limerick, and have written numerous articles on their work and interests for traditional music journals, magazines and other publications.

Copies of the Carroll/Mackenzie collection are housed at The Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, The National Folklore Collection at UCD and also The National Sound Archive at The British Library in London.

See also:

Notes and Narratives - Jim Carroll & Pat Mackenzie
The Irish Recordings of Jim Carroll & Pat Mackenzie (ITMA)
From Puck to Appleby: Songs and stories from Jim Carroll's and Pat Mackenzie's
recordings of Irish Travellers in England

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