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Robin Morton sitting on a window ledge with his young granddaughter, who is playing the spoons

Robin Morton: an appreciation

Singer, musician, collector, writer, and record producer Robin Morton died on the 1 October 2021. To mark his first anniversary, his friend over many years John Moulden recalls the breadth and richness of a life dedicated to traditional song and music. This tribute also includes a curated playlist of music associated with Robin.

Robert Morton Appreciation

  • 9 Tracks
  • • Now Playing:

Níl na lá, air / Cathal McConnell, flute ; Robin Morton, concertina

  • Níl na lá, air / Cathal McConnell, flute ; Robin Morton, concertina

  • The lady heiress, song / John Maguire, singing in English

  • Tim the turncoat, hornpipe ; Quarrelsome piper, hornpipe / John Rea, dulcimer ; Sean McAloon, uilleann pipes

  • Mysterious seven, song / Unidentified, singing in English

  • Mellon Green, song / Davy Menish, singing in English

  • Darling baby, song, speech in English / Arthur Whiteside, singing in English, speech in English

  • Here's a health, song / Elly Mullarkey singing in English

  • Jimeen Gannon's delight, reel ; Dowd's no. 9, reel / Seamus Tansey, flute ; Tony McManus, guitar

  • Ellen's dreams, air / Alison Kinnaird ; The Battlefield Band

Tommy Gunn from the ITMA Image Collection
Folksongs sung in Ulster / compiled by Robin Morton. (Mercier, 1970)
Come day, go day, God send Sunday : the songs and life story, told in his own words, of John Maguire, the traditional singer and farmer from Co Fermanagh / collated by Robin Morton (Routledge, 1973)
An Irish jubilee / Cathal McConnell and Robin Morton (Topic Records, 1976)
The Harp Key: Crann Nan Teud / Alison Kinnaird (Temple Records, 1978)
Seamus Tansey, ITMA 2021

“So, it is clear that, for all his success, huge success, in Scotland, there was no taking the Irishness out of the man. Devoted to the idea of quality in music, he valued his early and formative experiences.”

John Moulden
Robin Morton Collection ITMA
(1939–2021) / Pete Heywood, photographer