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Thread #14919   Message #1942494
Posted By: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
20-Jan-07 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Streets of Laredo
Subject: RE: Streets of Laredo
Further to Big Tim's digression, the earliest version of "The Bard of Armagh" I've found is from the mid, or late, nineteenth century, and is the work of one A. Ritchie. The words bear a fairly close relationship to the three-verse set collected and arranged by Herbert Hughes and published in "Irish Country Songs" 1n 1909, but are inferior in poetic merit. The air of "Bold Robert Emmet", as given in Colm O'Lochlainn's "Irish Street Ballads", isn't the same as either "The Bard of A" or "Streets of L", tho' there are similarities