The following are on reserve in Magill Library:
Carolan's favourite Derek Bell, harpist. A collection of the music most
associated with the legendary Irish harpist, reputed to have played before
The Chieftains, 4, 7, 9 The Chieftains were instrumental in the
resurgance of Irish traditional music.
John McCormack: Popular Songs and Irish Ballads. James Joyce
was fiercely proud of having once sung on the stage with the great Irish
tenor. This collection, together with Frank Patterson's Patriotic Songs
of Ireland, demonstrates a range of popular and traditional songs that
formed an indiginous national culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth
century. Includes such songs as "The Bard of Armagh," "The harp that
once through Tara's halls," "Off to Philadelphia," "Avenging and Bright,"
"Roisin Dubh," "Kevin Barry."
Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies Written between 1808 and 1834 and
immensely popular, the Irish Melodies were Moore's own verse set to
extant Irish songs. They are now recognized as falling within the tradition
of the lieder or art song. Many are familiar: "TheWest's Awake," "The
Minstrel Boy," "Believe Me if all Those Endearing Youg Charms,"
"Tis the Last Rose of Summer," etc.
Mary O'Hara: A Song for Ireland. O'Hara left the field of Irish music
very abruptly to enter a convent following the death of her husband, a
young American scholar whom she had recently married. However, these
early recordings, sung in both in English and Irish, were influential in
drawing attention to Irish traditional music in the early 1960's.
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