Sam Henry's Songs of the People

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Gale Huntington, Lani Herrmann
University of Georgia Press, Jun 1, 2010 - Music - 672 pages
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The story of Ireland—its graces and shortcomings, triumphs and sorrows—is told by ballads, dirges, and humorous songs of its common people. Music is a direct and powerful expression of Irish folk culture and an aspect of Irish life beloved throughout the rest of the world.


Incredibly, the largest single gathering of Irish folk songs had been almost inaccessible because, originally newspaper based, it was available in only three libraries, in Belfast, Dublin, and Washington D.C. Sam Henry's “Songs of the People” makes the music available to a wider audience than the collector ever imagined. Comprising nearly 690 selections, this thoroughly annotated and indexed collection is a treasure for anyone who performs, composes, studies, collects, or simply enjoys folk music. It is valuable as an outstanding record of Irish folk songs before World War II, demonstrating the historical ties between Irish and Southern folk culture and the tremendous Irish influence on American folk music.

In addition to the songs themselves and their original commentary, Sam Henry's “Songs of the People” includes a glossary, bibliography, discography, index of titles and first lines, melodic index, index of the original sources of the songs and information about them, geographical index of sources, and three appendixes related to the original song series in the Northern Constitution.

 

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Contents

Abbey
2
Lullabies
5
Childrens games
9
am the Master
10
Animals hunting racing
16
A Childs Lullaby
17
Bellaghy Fair
23
Occupations lifestyle
38
Courtship and dalliance
255
The Young Farmers Offer
261
Faithful farewells
285
Linton Lowrie
291
The returned lover
306
The Banished Lover
307
The Banks of Claudy
313
Disguises
325

WaulkingSong
39
Shanty Boy
45
Celebrations
71
Dan Murphys Convoy
72
War
78
The Shepherd Boy
79
Lovely Jamie
85
Sea
95
Kishmuls Galley
96
Patrick ONeal
102
Crime
118
Botany Bay
119
James Magee
125
Death laments ghosts
138
A Collier Lad
144
Praise of home
155
The Little Thatched Cabin
156
The Maids of Downhill
162
Knocklayde
168
Goodbye home
185
In Praise of the Glen
195
The Happy Shamrock Shore
201
Longing for home 206
206
NorahMcShane
207
The Pretty ThreeLeaved Shamrock from
213
Praise of a girl
224
The Maid of Burndennet a
230
The DearaWee Lass 236
236
Courtship and dalliance
254
The Drummer Maid
326
Love uncertain
339
Love unrequited
353
John MacAnantys Courtship 354 Farewell Darling
357
The Banks of Kilrea II
361
The Bonnet sae Blue
367
Love unfaithful
382
The Ripest of Apples
383
Belfast Mountains
389
Deadly love
410
Susan Carr
416
Despite relatives
426
The Maid of Ballyhaunis
427
Successful courtship
453
Our Wedding Day
454
The Largy Line
467
The County Tyrone
480
Mullinabrone
483
Domesticity
500
Appendix A Titles of songs in the original order with dates of their appearance
522
Appendix B Additional text mainly by Sam Henry from the original columns
532
Other relevant text not by Sam Henry but included by him
541
Discography
566
Index of titles including alternative titles and first lines
584
Original sources of items in the columns as given by Sam Henry
605
Geographical index of sources
612
Sources of illustrations
631
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About the author (2010)

Gale Huntington was a writer, teacher, historian, and musician. He is the author of Songs the Whalemen Sang and other books on New England music and History. Lani Herrmann is a freelance music and production editor. She has edited, designed, and overseen the production of several books on folk and traditional music, primarily American and Irish. John Moulden is a Northern Irish educator, folklorist, and authority on Sam Henry's life and work. His latest work is a thesis on the popular printing of songs in Ireland for which he was awarded a PhD in 2006.

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