New Zealand Folk Archives

Analogue recordings rescued from old single track reel-2-reel tapes and cassettes

These have been digitised using a BehRinger U-Control USB (excellent) or a Griffin iMic (fair) device along with Audacity 1.3.8 (free); then edited &/or enhanced and saved into MP3 format using the Lame 3.98.2 encoder (free) and various Nyquist plug-ins (free); then finally converted into WMA format with maximum compression using MS Windows Audio Converter (free). There may be some lack of hi-fidelity resulting from the quality of the original recordings.

'Double click' on a link to download the respective file then it should open into a media player,
or 'right mouse click' on a link then use 'Save Target As ...' then open it manually into a media player.

Swaggers - The Folklore of Colonial Days
by John A. Lee - 1960s?
(WMA / 12.95Mb / 55 mins : 20 secs)
This is a 'lost' tape from the NZ Education Department apparently recorded during an audience with John. A. Lee in the 1960s. He wrote extensively about the life of the 'gentlemen of the road' including the Irish itinerant 'The Shiner.' Also see Swaggers.

Devonport Folk Club Folk Concert - 1978(?) or
RapidShare.com - Devonport_Folk_Concert
(actually one concert split into two)
(WMA / 13.81Mb / 59 mins : 00 secs)
Prog 1: Barleycorn, Martha Louise, Keith Findlayson, 'Room for Company' (Dave Temple, Jean Reid, Kathy Lamb), RFC plus Pat / Bev / Colin, Mike Gallagher
Prog 2: Mike Gallagher, Margaret & Frank Carlisle, Alan Young, Pat Bowley / Bev Young / Colin Bowley, Barleycorn (Malcolm Clapp, Frank Carlisle, Graham Wardell, Ron Murdoch)

NZBC 1YA - 'Folk Scene' - Ted Anderson - 1970s new.gif (902 bytes)
(If anyone can let me have copies of the rest of the series please let me know.
??? If anyone can id. the performers please let me know. Thanks - CJB)

Session 9 new.gif (902 bytes)
Sean Sinnot, Cathy Tait, Pat Bowley, Steffan & Elizabeth ??? (Swiss)
(WMA / 5.76Mb / 24 mins : 37 secs)

Session 10 new.gif (902 bytes)
Steffan & Elizabeth ??? (Swiss), Lois McIver, Roger & Sonja Giles, Helen Wilson, Gavin Asher
(WMA / 5.31Mb / 22 mins : 40 secs)

Session 11 new.gif (902 bytes)
Jackie Wardell & Margaret Wood, Wilf Hale & Cath Woodman, John Walton & Pat & Rude Sunde & Wayne Brian
(WMA / 5.23Mb / 22 mins : 21 secs)

Session 12 new.gif (902 bytes)
Denny McKay, John McGowan, Ngaire Lauder, Wayne Brian & Rod Mead, Peter Charlton Jones
(WMA / 4.97Mb / 21 mins : 13 secs)

Wellington Folk Festival - 1975
Sunday Concert: Mike Stanley, Pat / Bev / Colin, ??? Jug Band, ???, Denny McKay ???, ???
(??? If anyone can id. the performers please let me know. Thanks - CJB)
(WMA / 10.15Mb / 43 mins : 21 secs)

2nd Annual Hawera Folk Concert - 1977 - Part 1
(WMA / 17.61Mb / 1 hour : 15 mins : 17 secs)

2nd Annual Hawera Folk Concert - 1977 - Part 2
(WMA / 21.31Mb / 1 hour : 31 mins : 05 secs)

Poles Apart - Oct. 1977
(WMA / 10.34Mb / 44 mins : 10 secs)
'Hollis' # Pat Bowley / Bev Young / Colin Bowley

'Folk & Country British Style with Wally Whyton' new.gif (902 bytes)
(Somewhat similar to the BBC's 'Country Meets Folk.')
BBC World Service. Recorded from short-wave in Hawera in mid-1970s
(WMA / 7.40Mb / 31 mins : 37 secs)

'Folk '76' new.gif (902 bytes)
In concert: The Ian Campbell Folk Group and The Spinners.
BBC World Service. Recorded from short-wave in Hawera in 1976
(WMA / 11.71Mb / 50 mins : 06 secs)

 

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