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  • Such an interesting project!
    I haven’t watched the clip yet as cats are sleeping, but your description reminds me of the Irish Folklore Commission. In the 1930s, not very long after Independence (minus the Six Counties), field workers were sent all around Ireland recording ordinary people talking, telling stories, singing. Such foresight, and such an example of national values, to create a huge archive of this material at a time when there was rather a lot of other stuff going on, governmentally!
    All that just to say, thanks for this (now bookmarked) recommendation – it brought back pleasant memories of dipping into the Irish transcripts for research some years ago. Unfortunately, nearly all the recorded material exists only as transcripts; the wax cylinders were transcribed and reused. I’ll bet the field workers were both grateful for the technology that enabled them to record sound instead of taking endless interview notes, but also, at times, very sad that they were destroying the actual voices in order to go out and record another day.

  • WOW. I just watched the first episode. Amazing. Thank you!

  • You two find the coolest stuff to watch and listen to! I’m ever grateful to you both for broadening my cultural horizons.

  • This series is fantastic! I bought the series for my husband for our anniversary and I think we’re going to wear them out. My faves are Alabama Shakes and the Hawaiian musicians. Good listening and good knitting to all!

  • I watched this several times when it was on during the summer. The textile moment was really fun, and sent me googling.

    • I knew this about him but halfway didn’t believe it—and was so amazed to see his ease. Really fun.

  • My husband & I caught several of the episodes as they aired on our local affiliate (KMUW). It was absolutely mesmerizing to listen and watch!