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Explore

The Explore Section is the heart of the Dusty Bluebells exhibition presenting the original recordings, and information about each individual song, rhyme and riddle.

The list below is based on the original categories Hugh Shields used to organise the songs, rhymes and riddles he collected - the intended chapter headings for his book.

Take time to move between the Songbooks and Playlists to enjoy 186 individual songs, rhymes and riddles, and listen to 170 sound recordings featuring 66 performers aged between four and eighty-seven years. 

Counting and Skipping

Round and Round, Up and Down, Out and In

Yah boo!

Riddles and More Rhymes

May Queens and Mummery

Lulling and Lilting

Songs, Ballads and Snatches