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Thread #125119   Message #2773708
Posted By: Brian Peters
25-Nov-09 - 05:08 PM
Thread Name: Early Broadsides (was-Music o t People)
Subject: RE: Early Broadsides (was-Music o t People)
"recorded from Frank Brown from Bellangare, Co, Roscommon (June 1983). He lived in America for a long time and may have learned it there, but it certainly sounds Irish."

Ah yes, Jim, 'Banks of the Sweeet Vile Dee'. It sounds Irish to me, too - the tune reminds me of Mary McGrath's 'Johnny Barden'.

The text has several stanzas similar to the C18th English copy, but also elements from the Scots versions.