Songs from Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

Song Airs from Ballyvourney, Co Cork

Songs from Ballyvourney, County Cork, with Irish texts and translations. Parts I - III / collected by A. Martin Freeman and copiously annotated by the collector, L. E. Broadwood, Frank Kidson, A. G. Gilchrist and Robin Flower

The 147 song airs, variant airs and melodic fragments presented here come from an important collection of 84 songs in Irish songs collected by the English scholar A. Martin Freeman in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area of Ballyvourney, Co Cork, in 1913 and 1914.  The melodies were carefully noted by him from singers in their homes and at social gatherings, using a tuning fork and staff notation.

The Freeman Ballyvourney collection was published by the Folk-Song Society of London from 1920 to 1921. Facsimiles of the published collection and more information about it are available here.

NC, TH & JS, 14 May 2015

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