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Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday The songs and life story, told in his own words, of John Maguire, traditional singer and farmer from Co. Fermanagh.

Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday: The songs and life story, told in his own words, of John Maguire, traditional singer and farmer from Co. Fermanagh.

1st Edition

By Robin Morton
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1973. Folk-life and folk-culture, usually the preserve of the scholar, have been brought vividly and entertainingly to life in these recollections and stories of one man’s life in the Irish countryside. This book tells the life story of John Maguire, who died in 1975, ...

Folk Music of Britain - and Beyond

Folk Music of Britain - and Beyond

1st Edition

By Frank Howes
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1969. Until the latter half of the nineteenth century, it was thought that England, alone among the European countries, and unlike Scotland and Ireland where collections of ballads and songs had already been published as early as the eighteenth century, had no important ...

Grey Funnel Lines Traditional Song & Verse of the Royal Navy 1900-1970

Grey Funnel Lines: Traditional Song & Verse of the Royal Navy 1900-1970

1st Edition

By Cyril Tawney
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1987. In this book we find songs reflecting every aspect of life in the twentieth-century Royal Navy, both upper and lower deck: war, ship’s routine, aviation, submarines, the antics of dockyard personnel, not to mention the matelot’s shore-going adventures, both amorous and...

Song and Democratic Culture in Britain An Approach to Popular Culture in Social Movements

Song and Democratic Culture in Britain: An Approach to Popular Culture in Social Movements

1st Edition

By Ian Watson
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1983. Song has always been a natural way to record everyday experiences – an expression of celebration, commiseration, complaint and protest. This innovative book is a study of popular and working-class song combining several approaches to the subject. It is a history of ...

The Anglo-American Ballad A Folklore Casebook

The Anglo-American Ballad: A Folklore Casebook

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By Dianne Dugaw
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1995. This book’s collection of key essays presents a coherent overview of touchstone statements and issues in the study of Anglo-American popular ballad traditions and suggests ways this panoramic view affords us a look at Euro-American scholarship’s questions, concerns and...

The Chime Child or Somerset Singers Being An Account of Some of Them and Their Songs Collected Over Sixty Years

The Chime Child: or Somerset Singers Being An Account of Some of Them and Their Songs Collected Over Sixty Years

1st Edition

By Ruth L. Tongue
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1968. The author, a well-known contemporary and friend of folklorist Katharine M. Briggs, collected a tremendous store of folk music material over many years and eventually decided to put some of it on permanent record. This book comprises a cross-section of rescued melodies...

The Fellowship of Song Popular Singing Traditions in East Suffolk

The Fellowship of Song: Popular Singing Traditions in East Suffolk

1st Edition

By Ginette Dunn
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1980. Song is perhaps the strongest form of traditional culture. Its vigour and energy represent the power of the community from which it springs. This book focuses on traditional singing in two small English villages. It studies in detail an activity which goes to the core ...

The Old Songs of Skye Frances Tolmie and Her Circle

The Old Songs of Skye: Frances Tolmie and Her Circle

1st Edition

By Ethel Bassin, Derek Bowman
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1977. Frances Tolmie (1840-1926) was one of the foremost Gaelic folklore and folksong experts. This account of her life and work places her unique contribution to human song against a full personal, historical and cultural background. The book includes a selection of the ...

Traditional Anglo-American Folk Music An Annotated Discography of Published Sound Recordings

Traditional Anglo-American Folk Music: An Annotated Discography of Published Sound Recordings

1st Edition

By Norm Cohen
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1994. Filling a gap in the sound recordings of traditional Anglo-American folk music this volume covers both vocal and instrumental material from the 1920s to the 1990s. The listings have also been limited to performers native to the tradition rather than "revival" ...

Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland

Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland

1st Edition

By Ewan Maccoll, Peggy Seeger
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1977. The Travellers, from those living in bow-tents and horse-drawn caravans to those dwelling in motor caravans and permanent homes, are an important source of traditional music. Their society means that songs that have died out in more settled communities are preserved ...

Tree of strings Crann nan teud: a history of the harp in Scotland

Tree of strings: Crann nan teud: a history of the harp in Scotland

1st Edition

By Keith Sanger, Alison Kinnaird
September 26, 2017

This is the first history of the harp in Scotland to be published. It sets out to trace the development of the instrument from its earliest appearance on the Pictish stones of the 8th century, to the present day. Describing the different harps played in the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland, ...

Village Song & Culture A Study Based on the Blunt Collection of Song from Adderbury North Oxfordshire

Village Song & Culture: A Study Based on the Blunt Collection of Song from Adderbury North Oxfordshire

1st Edition

By Michael Pickering
September 26, 2017

Originally published in 1982. The songs on which this study is based were once vibrant in the throats and ears and minds of living people. This book examines the songs and their meanings in relation to the lives of those people, and relates them to the cultural tradition and practice of which they ...

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