Charlie Sporn mentioned having seen "From Shore to Shore" on his local
public TV station and noted that it is not as well known as it ought to
be. I agree--it's an excellent documentary of Irish music in New York
that has lots of historical depth. There is a generous amount of music in
the show, usually (if I recall correctly) complete performances of tunes
rather than annoying sound bites.
When the producers gave a screening of this at the American Folklore
Society conference in 1994, the subject of airing on public TV came up.
They said that that had not been their intended outlet for it, and that it
was a bit long to fit into a standard PBS time slot. Now that it is being
shown on at least some stations I wonder if perhaps a few minutes had to
be trimmed from it.
In any event, it's available for purchase from:
Cherry Lane Productions
P.O. Box 366
Truckee, CA 96160
I seem to recall that it was in the $25-30 range. I have no idea if it's
available in European (PAL) format or just US (NTSC).
Highly recommended. Lots of good stuff on Michael Coleman
(incl. interviews with...um....a daughter? widow of Lad O'Beirne), Andy
McGann, Paddy Reynolds, Martin Wynne, etc., and, as Charlie mentions,
younger folks like Eileen Ivers, Brian Conway, and Maureen Glynn.
Paul F. Wells
Center for Popular Music/Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132 U.S.A.
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