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Folk music

Abstract This project presents extracts from folk songs collected by Tom Munnelly in 1971 and 1972. The songs have been digitised in order to make the material more easily accessible and to preserve it into the future.

In collection

Date
1971-09/1972-07
Extent
46 items
Location of original
Original items located in National Folklore Collection.
Repository
National Folklore Collection
Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive
Language
English
Scope and Content
This project's aim was to digitise the first year of the song collection of Tom Munnelly in order to make the material more easily accessible and to preserve it into the future. Tom worked as a full-time song collector for the Department of Irish Folklore from 1971 up until he passed away in 2007. In this position, Tom recorded over 1,500 tapes (over 20,000 songs) of folksong and folklore. It is one of the largest collections of traditional song compiled by a single individual and represents a significant contribution to the field of Irish folk music. Tom's early collection work was conducted using reel-to-reel machines and the difficulty of maintaining these machines in the face of changing technologies makes the digitisation of this collection particularly urgent.
Arrangement
The recordings digitised under this project span the period from September 1971 to September 1972. Although all of the songs recorded have been digitised, for reasons of copyright and fair usage of material collected, only a sample (in sound bite form) have been made available through the IVRLA. The sound bites selected cover the recording period up to July 1972 and give a fair representation of the collection, containing many aspects of the song tradition, as well as lilting and instrumental music. The first year of the collection covers a wide geographic area from Cork in the south to County Fermanagh in the north as well as various regions in the midlands. Tom recorded in singer's houses, various pubs, tents or even the back of a van where necessary and the intimate nature of these recordings provides us with a snapshot in time of a live tradition. The collection recordings are arranged alphabetically by song title or tune type but can also be searched under either the subject headings at the end of this page. Subject headings include the general headings for folk song and folk music as well as specific headings for music or instrument type.
Note
Rónán Galvin at work digitising some of Tom Munnelly's song collection. Image courtesy of the National Folklore Collection.
Subjects
Folk songs--Ireland
Folk music--Ireland
Accordion music
Flute music
Harmonica
Mouth music
Penny whistle music
Reels (Music)
Uilleann pipe music

Record source
Finding aid encoded in EAD by the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) - M.S..December 2009.

Finding aid author
Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA)
1 [The Black Velvet Band, sung by Charlie McMorrow, an eel fisherman, on the shores of Lough Gowna, County Cavan as he baited his fishing hooks.] [View...]
2 [Reel - Paddy Cronin's reel, played by Seán Ward, in Grehan's pub, Boyle, County Roscommon] [View...]
3 [One day as I rambled through Glasgow, sung by Mrs. McDonagh, a traveller, camped at Cootehall, County Roscommon.] [View...]
4 [My own native land far away, sung by Michael Moran, a farmer, at Drumrahill, Mohill, County Leitrim.] [View...]
5 [The Harvest Home, played by Jim Prendergast, in O'Connor's Pub, Blackwater, County Wexford] [View...]
6 [Pat O'Brien, sung by John Cooper, a farmer, at Ballyhyland, Clonroche, County Wexford] [View...]
7 [Tonight is our last night together, sung by Bridie Whelan, housewife, at Chapel, Clonroche, County Wexford] [View...]
8 [McManus and the misfit suit of clothes, sung by Patsy Johnston, a farmer, at Fardrum, Ballinalassie, Ballinahoun, Athlone, County Westmeath] [View...]
9 [The close of an Irish day, sung by Jim Hanlon, in a public house, Geishall, County Offaly] [View...]
10 [Reel - The Green Gates, sung by Jim Hanlon and John Gannon at a public house, Geishall, County Offaly.] [View...]
11 [False Lankum, sung by John Reilly, a Traveller, who was camped at Cloongrehan, Cootehall, County Roscommon] [View...]
12 [Reel - The Sallygardens, lilted by John Reilly, a Traveller, who was camped at Cloongrehan, Cootehall, County Roscommon] [View...]
13 [The Maid with the Bonny Brown Hair, sung by Seán Roche, from Cloneen, Dromod, County Roscommon] [View...]
14 [Hugh Reynolds, sung by Margaret Dunne, a housewife, at Bellanagh, County Cavan] [View...]
15 [When Father Papered the Parlour, sung by Margaret Dunne, a housewife, at Bellanagh, County Cavan] [View...]
16 [Lovely Sweet Drumgoon, sung by James Finlay, in Aghavarderin, Killeshandra, County Cavan] [View...]
17 [The Rocks of Bawn/The Sea, oh the Sea, sung and played by Tom Berry in Labre Park Travellers Camp, Ballyfermot, Dublin] [View...]
18 [Mama, Say a Special Prayer for Me, sung by Kathleen Maughan, at Labre Park Travellers Camp, Ballyfermot, Dublin] [View...]
19 [Hornpipe - The High Level, played by Michael Connors, a Traveller, who was camped at Holylands, Dublin] [View...]
20 [The Rocks of Bawn, sung by Mickey Connors, a Traveller, who was camped at Clonegal, County Carlow] [View...]
21 [Jig - The Geese in the Bog, played by Mickey Connors, a Traveller, who was camped at Clonegal, County Carlow] [View...]
22 [The Newtownbarry Carman, sung by Martin Doyle, a farmer, in Killanure, Bunclody, County Wexford] [View...]
23 [That Neat Little Window, sung by Gerry Collins, a farmer, in Rathangreaney, Clonegal, County Carlow] [View...]
24 [Jim Connolly the Brave, sung by Martin Byrne, a farmer, in Bunclody, County Wexford] [View...]
25 [The North Strand, sung by Jim Cassidy, a Traveller, who was camped just outside Carlow town] [View...]
26 [Barb'ry Allen, sung by Tom Lenihan, a farmer, in Knockbrack, Miltown Malbay, County Clare] [View...]
27 [Reel - The College Groves, played by Joe Cuneen, a farmer, in Dwyer's Pub, Quilty, County Clare] [View...]
28 [Pat O'Donnell, sung by Patrick Farrell, a farmer, in Clohamon, Bunclody, County Wexford] [View...]
29 [Donnelly and Cooper, sung by Tony Melay, in Carrigduff, Bunclody, County Wexford] [View...]
30 [Jackie Coleman's Favourite, sung by Jackie Coleman, a farmer, in Knocknahoo, Gurteen, County Sligo] [View...]
31 [Reel - The Maid of Lough Arrow, played by Larry McDonagh, a small farmer, in Cosgrove's Pub, Gurteen Road, Boyle, County Roscommon] [View...]
32 [Reel - Muldoon the Solid Man (The Teetotaller), played by Larry McDonagh, a small farmer, in Cosgrove's Pub, Gurteen Road, Boyle, County Roscommon] [View...]
33 [A Lonely Little Cabin in the Hills of Donegal, sung by Ann Gill, in the house of James McInerney, Ballinamuck, County Longford] [View...]
34 [My Darling Brown Haired Boy, sung by Ann O'Donnell, a Traveller, in a derelict house at Green Street, Boyle, County Roscommon] [View...]
35 [Charming Edward Boyle, sung by John Joe Murphy, a farmer, in Derryheanlish, Roslea, County Fermanagh] [View...]
36 [Dick Mooney's Daughter, sung by John McGuire, a farmer, in Crocknagross, Roslea, County Fermanagh] [View...]
37 [Slow air - Sé fáth mo bhuartha, played by Sean Seery in Tionól na bPíobairí Uilleann, An Gríannán, Termonfeckin, County Louth] [View...]
38 [Johnny Doyle, sung by Frank McInerney, of Leggamine, County Cavan] [View...]
39 [The Nobleman's Wedding, sung by Margaret O'Reilly, a housewife, in Gowna, County Cavan] [View...]
40 [Mary of Loughrea, sung by Gary McMahon, a solicitor, in Newcastlewest, County Limerick] [View...]
41 [Bring me Home to North Kerry, sung by Paddy Quilligan, a settled Traveller, in Newcastlewest, County Limerick] [View...]
42 [Lost Jimmy Whelan, sung by Micheal Dolan, in Gola, Glangevlin, County Cavan] [View...]
43 [Cassidy's Cow, sung by Micheal Sheridan, in Corneenflynn, Glangevlin, County Cavan] [View...]
44 [The Grand Hotel in Castlebar, sung by Francis Judge, of Tullyrossmearan, County Fermanagh [View...]
45 [The Labouring Man's Daughter, sung by Bridie Cauley, a Traveller, camped at Lakeview, Cavan Town, County Cavan] [View...]
46 [Francie Hynes, sung by J.P. Sinen, a building labourer, in Corraclare, County Clare] [View...]

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