Well, in 1996, I visited Paddy Galvin's grave in Cardrona, where he lived in the south island of New Zealand. Cardrona is North of Arrowtown, and connected to it by a dirt track, the shortest route, over part of the Pisa range of mountains.
There's a neat, white picket fence around Paddy's grave, and that of his son, who lived till 1982. The dates on Paddy's stone says:
"Patrick Snr. 1840- 1929". Also in the same plot, is: Mary and Tom, twins
7-10-1906, and Patrick Jnr. 1866-1937. if you turn around opposite, there's John Stevens Galvin, son of Mary and Patrick Galvin, died July 21st, 1982,aged 78 years. John supported himself as a "Rabbiter", collecting the bounty on English rabbits that went wild, so wild "You couldn't go out the door without tripping over some of them!" This story I heard from Martin Curtis, a local postman and folkie, who knew the son. One story was that Galvin could play the pipes and the fiddle so well, that people would walk for a day or two, over the mountains, just to hear Paddy perform at dances, and weddings etc.
Supposedly, Galvin would get drunk and still keep playing, even when he was asleep. Short naps on automatic, "sleep-playing" mode, instead of sleepwalking!
Hey! I'm just repeating what I was told about him...Don't be disappointed, Go buy the bridge in Brooklyn !
At the Arrowtown "Lakes District Museum", the curator, David Clarke, never told me about Paddy "being on the run". Was he trying to protect my feelings? Anyway, Galvin's line drawing in O'Neill's entitled, "The Piper of the Antipodes", is rendered from a photograph,(and Galvin is not shown with the museum's set of pipes, but another set) that the Lake District Museum has in it's archive. I bought a copy ($35 NZD)
of the original photograph, and I gave a version of it to the Seattle piper's club, with some of my photo's of the museum set ,and some written blather, which they never published. I've got the stuff here at the house, in a box, that I'll have to find....the reason I cared so much about Paddy, is my middle name is Galvin (my mother's people are from co.Kerry) and when I read Francis O'Neill's book, "Irish Minstrels and Musicians" in 1973, I was amazed and happy to know that a Galvin, was a historic Irish Piper,
in a far-off land, that I thought I'd never visit. So I did visit, and made the pilgrimage, and true to relate: After playing at the grave, I played in the local pub in the Cardrona Hotel, and there was a woman there, from the national radio in Wellington, who invited me to be on the Wayne Mowatt radio show....Thus, I had packed houses to see me for the rest of my N.Z. tour, and since my foot got in the door, several other UP pipers got to be on that show, and get some notice....
All Thanks to Paddy Galvin !!
Sean Galvin Folsom
PS There's a young UP piper Galvin, that tours in Russia, for the Irish folk nuts there! Hit Google and check him out! SGF
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