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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
21-May-17 - 05:15 AM
Thread Name: Origins: As I Roved Out - last verse
Subject: RE: Origins: As I Roved Out - last verse
From Mainly Norfolk - thank you again, Reinhard;

As I Roved Out / The Deluded Lover [Roud 3479; G/D 6:1165; Ballad Index K150; trad.]

Michael Gallagher sang The Deluded Lover in 1952 to Peter Kennedy and Sean O'Boyle. This recording was included on the 1975 Folktrax cassette of songs sung by Brigid Tunney, Paddy Tunney and Michael Gallagher, The Mountain Streams. The album's liner notes commented:

Michael Gallagher, Brigid [Tunney]'s brother, Paddy [Tunney]'s Uncle Mick, was born in 1891 and, when recorded, was working as a boot repairer in Belleek. Previously he had been a farmer, and before that lived 33 years in Glasgow. Like his sister, he learned his songs from his parents and grandparents on both sides of the family, as well as from aunts, uncles and others. The Deluded Lover was from his aunt, Brigid, in Ballintra, Donegal. The title for this song was provided by the collectors; Michael called it As I Roved Out.

Michael Gallagher's nephew Paddy Tunney of Co. Fermanagh sang As I Roved Out on his 1962 Folk-Legacy album The Man of Songs. Diane Hamilton and Sean O'Boyle commented in the album's sleeve notes:

Some of the most charming of ordinary Irish love-songs are in the form of the pastourelle, which has been called the aristocratic progenitor of the "As I roved out one morning" type of ballad.

[Diane Hamilton was the pseudonym of Diane Guggenheim (1924–1991), an American mining heiress, folksong patron and founder of "Tradition Records".]

The air, which is one of the most elusive in all Irish folk-song, has never been published.

Planxty sang As I Roved Out in 1973 on their LP The Well Below the Valley and on the anthology Planète Celtique. Andy Irvine commented:

We learned this sad and beautiful song from the singing of Paddy Tunney who lives in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He has described it as dating back to the days of the famine, when any bit of property at all was enough to tempt a man to jilt his true love in favour of the lassie with the land.

Acknowledgements; Thank you to Timothy Mellor for the information on the Michael Gallagher and Paddy Tunney recordings.

However, Mainly Norfolk does not give the words originally collected.