Songs sung by Eddie Butcher

Songs sung by Eddie Butcher

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  1. Adam in Paradise, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  2. Alexander, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  3. Another man’s wedding, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  4. The banks of Newfoundland, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  5. The banks of the Bann, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  6. Copper John, song / Eddie Butcher ; Michael O’Hara ; Tom Anderson, singing in English
  7. The crockery ware, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  8. David’s flowery vale, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  9. The daysman, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  10. Don’t come again, song / Eddie and Gracie Butcher, singing in English
  11. Down by the canal, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  12. The fan, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  13. The farmer’s daughter, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  14. The Faughan side, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  15. Finvola, the gem of the Roe, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  16. I long for to get married, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  17. The Inniskilling dragoon, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  18. It was in the Queen’s County, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  19. The journeyman tailor, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  20. Laurel Hill, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  21. The Mason’s Word, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  22. Minnie Picken, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  23. The mountain streams where the moor-cock crows, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  24. The new tractor, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  25. The parish of Dunboe, song / John Butcher senior and Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  26. Pat Reilly, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  27. Saturday night is Hallowe’en night, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  28. The ship carpenter’s wife, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  29. The shores of sweet Benone, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  30. Todd’s sweet rural shade, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  31. The Trader, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  32. The true lovers’ discourse, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  33. When a man’s in love, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  34. The widow’s daughter, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  35. Youghal Harbour, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  36. The close of an Irish day, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  37. Free and easy to jog along, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  38. The hillman, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English
  39. The Moorlough shore, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

Songs sung by Eddie Butcher

Eddie ButcherBUTCHER, Eddie, Aughil Crossroads; first met in circumstances described above. Born 1900, married about 1933: see Gracie Butcher. Died 1980. Their two sons and three daughters are all married and live in Magilligan, Limavady, Articlave and Coleraine; they do not seem to sing Eddie’s traditional songs, but for mention of Eveline see Gracie Butcher. John, the younger son, is married to a daughter of Mick and Lizzie O’Hara (below). Eddie had a big repertory, contributed thirty-six of our eighty published renditions and sang me full or partial versions of twenty-four of the forty-four others. In 1953–4 regularly and in 1955 briefly I noted about sixty song texts and melodies in MS sung in his house mainly by himself. I recorded him there and in Downhill in 1961; at home, 1964; at home and in Dublin, 1966, 1968; at home, 1969, 1970, 1975; in Dublin, 1975; at home, 1977, 1979.

Eddie provided pertinent comment on song, and was an excellent guide to the district and its other singers. He had a robust voice produced with considerable tension, slurring, and fine control of pitch not only giving good intonation but allowing a change down to a lower key while singing if he found the high notes a strain (see p.28). He used moderate melodic embellishment, with expressive glottal vibrato, and introduced regular nasality by replacing or supporting plosives by nasals.

Eddie was a farm labourer in his youth and a road worker in later life. Some of his own compositions reflect his experience: Index, ‘Anglers on the Roe’, ‘Bureau’, ‘Concrete mile’, ‘Down by the drainside’ (a single verse), ‘Longfield bank’, ‘Magilligan Gaelic team’, ‘Myroe floods’, ‘New Mallard bar’, ‘New tractor’, ‘Point fair’, ‘Roe bridge’, ‘Smuggler’, ‘Walling of the men’. For text added to existing songs see ‘Carrowclare’ (no 13), ‘Close of an Irish day’ (no 14) and ‘The Trader’ (no 68).

From 1966 he sang frequently on radio from Dublin and Belfast and his songs have been published on discs: Butcher 1-4, Folk ballads. Nos 1-3, 4B, 5D, 6-7, 8M frag., 10Z, 13B, 14B, 15H, 16A, 17, 19, 20Y frag., 21-4, 25A frag., 26-9, 30B, 32CD with others, 35 frag., 36, 37C frag., 38, 39A, 41, 42B, 43I frag., 44, 45F, 46, 48D frag., 50-1, 52D frag., 53-4, 56, 57D, 58, 59A, 60C, 61-3, 64D frag., 66, 67F, 68-9, 71, 73-4.