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Thread #63785   Message #2495502
Posted By: GUEST
16-Nov-08 - 08:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Red River Valley, Gaelic?
Subject: RE: Origins: Red River Valley, Gaelic?
"This would suggest a non cowboy origin?"

I seem to remember reading and hearing a few years ago that real cowboys (unlike their Holywood incarnations) were unlikely to have been All-American boys, and that there are several cowboy songs in Gaelic (no doubt there were some in Irish as well). I also have vague memories of hearing that c50 per cent of them were black.

And on the cassette of Texan field-recordings "Sing Me a Song" edited by William A Owens (University of Texas Press) quite a few European nations are represented.