James Connors

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James Connors with his wife, Lucy (photo courtesy Caroline Nash; used with permission).

James Connors lived with his wife, Lucy, in St Bride’s, Placentia Bay. When Aidan O’Hara recorded him during the 1970s, he was among the oldest men living in that community.


The plains of Easter Snow / James Connors

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The plains of Easter Snow / James Connors

The plains of Easter Snow, song (As I roved for recreation beneath the falling dew …) In this romantic broadside ballad, the protagonist falls in love with a beautiful woman. His proposal ultimately is turned down, and the woman departs. Song collector Jim Carroll suggests  a possible explanation for the title and origin of the song:  “ ‘Estersnowe is the name of a townland in Roscommon. Originally the place was known by its Gaelic name Diseart Nuadhan (St. Nuadha's Hermitage) but in the process of adaptation to the English language in Elizabethan times, it became known as Issertnowne. By the nineteenth century the people, when speaking English, called it Estersnowe and rationalised that strange name into Easter Snow. In County Antrim where there is a strong Scots influence, the song is known as Wester Snow.”