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Lulling and Lilting

Lulling and Lilting Playlist

“Everyone knows what lullabies are for. Lilting is singing without words in the way the singers do in Minnie Picken and Love, will you marry me. Lilt can be used for dancing children on knees. The Bangor boat is chanted lullingly, almost sung.”  — Hugh Shields, 1971

Enjoy the 9 recordings in the Lulling and Lilting Playlist and/or Return to the Songbook for more detailed information on each item. Please note the Songbook may contain extra songs and rhymes which Hugh and Lisa documented only in writing and no sound file exists.

Lulling and Lilting Songbook
Now playing: The Bangor boat’s away, rhyme / John Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English
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  1. The Bangor boat’s away, rhyme / John Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English

    The Bangor boat’s away, rhyme / John Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English

  2. You’re a wee bonny wean, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

    You’re a wee bonny wean, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

  3. Minnie Picken on the shore, song / Eddie Butcher, lilting, singing in English

    Minnie Picken on the shore, song / Eddie Butcher, lilting, singing in English

  4. Maggie Pickie, highland / James Byrne & John Byrne, fiddle

    Maggie Pickie, highland / James Byrne & John Byrne, fiddle

  5. Love will you marry me?, song / Paddy Tunney, lilting, singing in English

    Love will you marry me?, song / Paddy Tunney, lilting, singing in English

  6. When I was young I had no sense, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

    When I was young I had no sense, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

  7. Sidhe piper’s tune, reel / Mary Byrne, lilting

    Sidhe piper’s tune, reel / Mary Byrne, lilting

  8. Rocking the cradle, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

    Rocking the cradle, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

  9. Seo ba, seo ba, seo ba, mo leanbh, lullaby / Mary Cassidy, singing in Irish

    Seo ba, seo ba, seo ba, mo leanbh, lullaby / Mary Cassidy, singing in Irish