Description

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers his gramophone and in particular listening to the music of John McCormack. He notes that he didn't have a telephone, television or even a radio for the most part of his early life.

Item Type

Moving Image

Transcription

There was no telephone, there was no radio, there was no television, you know? We’d have a gramophone, what they’d call a gramophone, you know, play records mostly John McCormack type of stuff …

So is that the kind of music that you listened to when you were, I suppose, your teenage years?

No, no, when you were really younger and then as a teenager, like em, there was still only the radio and you wouldn’t even maybe have a gramophone … did yous have a gramophone May?

Yeah, we had one, remember we used to be always playing the … we only had one record, ‘I hear you calling me’, John McCormack!

I think I have that on a CD.

We’d be playing that over and over! [laughs]

You had a piano in the parlour.

Yeah, in Cabra, yeah.

We didn’t have that …

You just had the radio.

We just had the radio, you know.

Duration

8:29.6 - 9:27.3

About this item

Spatial Coverage

Cabra

Subject

Dublin City Life, Living, Entertainment, Music and Radio

Provenance

11.30.2007

Date Added

05.09.2009

Citation

"Hugh Smullen interview recalls listening to the music of John McCormack on his gramophone.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #233 (accessed November 22 2017, 11:17 am)