Archives Collection
CHULRUA--TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC                     97-025

Physical Description:

2 digital audio cassette tapes (TCD-209A and TCD-209B)

2 audio tapes (TTA-221A and TTA-221B )

97 photo images (contact sheet frames, negatives, slides, and prints)


October 15, 1996 and October 23, 1997


Photos taken for the Center by CPM archivist David Jellema, and recordings of the performances by CPM audio archivist Bruce Nemerov.

Biographical Sketch:

Chulrua is an Irish music group of Paddy O'Brien (button accordian), Pat Egan (vocals and guitar), and either Michael Cooney (uilleann pipes and tin whistle, 1996) or Tim Britton (uilleann pipes, tin whistle, wood flute, 1997). The group has toured extensively in the United States, but each member of the band has done recordings, tours, workshops, and festivals on their own.

Scope and Content:

Ninety-seven (97) photo images of Chulrua comprised of three sheets of negatives (and their contact sheets, totalling 70 images), 27 color slides, and 9 prints made from the negatives. The black and white images document two different concerts: the first in the Mass Communications building on the Middle Tennessee State University campus in October 1996; and the other in the Arts Center in downtown Murfreesboro in October of 1997. The color slides document an informal jam session at the house of director Paul Wells following the 1996 concert. The prints are culled from the 1997 concert images.

The audio cassette tapes document the 1996 concert, and the audio reel-to-reel tapes document the 1997 concert. Audio logs are included.


Audio tapes are filed by tape number with other archival audio materials. Photographs are filed under "Chulrua" in the Center biographical iconographic files.

Related Materials:

The Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection: A Personal Treasury of Irish Jigs and Reels is in the Center's commercial audio cassette tape section among cassette albums.