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Thread #16424 Message #3545691
Posted By: Jim Carroll
05-Aug-13 - 04:41 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ar Erin + Erin go Macree
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ar Erin + Erin go Macree
Sorry - me again
A bit more information (some of it picked up while I was buying my newspaper)
Tom Lenihan learned the song from a 'semi-itinerant street singer-ballad seller Billy Nevin from Kilrush some time in the early 1930s - he heard him singing it while selling ballads at the local street cattle market.
Not sure how old Bully was, but everyone here (in Miltown Malbay) refers to him being 'old' - he was tragically killed in a road accident circa 1935, which would but his date of birth somewhere in the early half on the 19th century (1860/70)
The practice of ballad sellers was to write out for, or recite the songs they sold to a printer who produced them to order.
If Nevin followed this practice, and if Tom's version is the sole traditional source it is highly probable that the song came from oral tradition rather than from another printed source.