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Thread #27070   Message #331775
Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
01-Nov-00 - 06:49 AM
Thread Name: Ulster Scots Music
Subject: RE: Ulster Scots Music
It must be a big subject if it still needs careful investigating after all your work, John. Thanks for such an informative post.

I take it that William Bloat was a tongue-in-cheek offering, Paddymac? The Ballad of William Bloat is given errroneously as "anon" in an Oxford University Press anthology, but was written by Raymond Calvert. Words only, as far as I know, though I've heard it fitted to the Star of the County Down and other tunes. The OUP version has other mistakes, including (if I remember correctly) these last lines:

For the razor blade was Dublin made
But the rope was Belfast linen.

The original has "German" in place of "Dublin." I'm fairly sure too that "Belfast" should be "Irish" but as I'm travelling around a bit at present (in Ulster ironically) I can't check right now. Certainly "Belfast" has gained wide currency, and appears in most of the cyberspace versions and sefveral recordings. But there was/is no such thing as "Belfast linen" as far as I know. Obviously there was plenty of linen that came from Belfast, but I think it was only ever known as Irish.