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John Joe Harnett

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Anyone know of any recordings by West Limerick fluter John Joe Harnett other than the short clip at https://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comha ... n_harnett/ ?

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If I remember correctly, O'Riada recorded him for 'Our musical heritage'.

The comhaltas online archive lists 4 items for John Hartnett (note the spelling).
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I'm confused. The Comhaltas site lists it as Harnett. Same person, different spelling or two different John Joes?

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Hmm. Eamonn O Riordan and Tony O Connell have a West Limerick slide they call John Joe Hartnett's but O'Riada uses Harnett. Comhaltas uses both. My guess is you are not the only one confused.
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Either way, still looking to see if there are any extant recordings. The Comhaltas archive only seems to mention him in the context of Our Musical Heritage. The only version of the track list for Our Musical Heritage lists just the tune names, not the players.

Anybody? Commercial recordings, archive records, old tapes tucked away in the attic?

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The duet CD by Aine and Frances O'Connor - "They Didn't Come Home Until Morning" - makes mention of John Joe HARNETT [sic ]. There is a brief biography including the following :
"He became more widely known as a result of his appearances on "A Job Of Journeywork", Ciaran MacMathuna's radio programme in the 1960s. John Joe was recorded by Sean O'Riada in 1962. This recording can be found on "Our Musical Heritage" which was published by RTE in 1982".
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Thanks Kenny. Currently trying to track down a source for "Our Musical Heritage", or at least those parts that relate to John Joe. Gumby kindly forwarded some links to brief clips (30 sec. or so) of his playing on the Comhaltas archives web pages. And I'll have to do some digging to see whether there's a possibility of finding the RTE recordings.

I have a copy of "They Didn't Come Home Until Morning" and have been enjoying it thoroughly.

Very much appreciate your input—as well as Gumby's—on this. His playing style intrigues me.

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I have partial taped copies of Our musical heritage, the Tommy Recks etc, but these don't include the flute players. I bid on the omh lps a few times on ebay but never pursued them too seriously.
RTE re-ran restored copies of the radio programmes in the past ten years, they usually archive these at least for some time as podcasts. I have found a page but links appeared dead. That could bear looking into further though.
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"John Cussen remembers" the Job of the Journeyman recording visit to "Muinte Na Tire Hall in Feohanagh on Wednesday Nov 5 1958"....where "John Joe Harnett and Sean Collins"..."played several beautiful tunes"....

http://www.limerickcity.ie/media/mlp217.pdf

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https://www.rte.ie/archives/sales/

Would at least tell you if that recording still exists ?
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GreenWood wrote: Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:52 pm Would at least tell you if that recording still exists ?
The job of journeywork recordiings, as well as JJH's playing recorded by Breandan Breathnach, are held in Itma but are not accessible online
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"Journeywork", not "Journeyman"... my mistake.

I went looking for a copy of the older rollingwave entries but found nothing...at least I have some idea where various archives are now though...where they are but not nescessarily where they are accessible.

I am really not sure if everything (supposedly) available online is the better or not. Before everyone used to treasure the tapes and records they had, and listening to other's music was fun and something of a privilege. Otherwise just own entertainment was good enough. Just now I have been looking to watch an old movie, and I can't use playstore because without vpn only in Portuguese is allowed...so I try windows and there they want bank card details, which I don't give out...so I look to buy a gift card to add payment to windows, and using paypal (which is not attached to any card), and the first (supposedly reputable) site I try has me fill out details and order payment, then as an unannounced final step I am asked to download them a copy of my passport... for a 15 pound gift card ! The next site I try has same up to ordering payment, and then after says payment waiting to be cleared... "make new payment ?" ... then sends you emails saying cancelled.

People are fed so much media of all kinds nowadays it is maybe no wonder that missing links or access are overlooked, makes everyone sort of permanently switched on, but often it all becomes very shallow.
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