What Care I for the Minister?


This slip jig from the Scottish tradition was taught to me by Boston harpist Kathleen Guilday. I told her about this project and asked her if she would record it for me. Kathleen was delighted, and graciously agreed to come to Maine to do the recording. I also told Kathleen of the mishap in my brother's home in Ennis, County Clare (for further insight into the recording of this slip jig, see ‘The First Slip’).

When Kathleen did arrive in Maine, guess what happened? Yes, my machine would not record. I was so upset, especially because she had driven over 150 miles for nothing. Well, that's not true: we turned the day into something special by having dinner and a nice bottle of wine while reminiscing about friends in Boston and our musical exploits together around New England. Kathleen did eventually get to record the slip jig, this time in her own home and with her own equipment. I ask myself if there was a jinx on this tune. Maybe it had something to do with its title. I'm puzzled. Anyhow I am grateful to you, Kathleen. Thank you, my friend. I think we beat the odds.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries

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Guilday, Kathleen (harp), “What Care I for the Minister?,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 16, 2024, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/538.