The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #98210   Message #1943356
Posted By: GUEST
21-Jan-07 - 01:04 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Matt Hyland
Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
We recorded it several times from Irish Travellers; Andy Cash from Wexford was the only one to have a full set of it.
Peggy McMahon of Mullagh, West Clare gave it to us more recently.
It's very popular here in Ireland, hadn't realised until I checked on Roud that there were so few recorded traditional versions, though I was aware of it's popularity in the revival.
I find it a strange song - as Malcolm says, a very grand tune, but the narrative has always struck me as somewhat bland.
Jim Carroll