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Thread #164332   Message #3931933
Posted By: Jim Carroll
19-Jun-18 - 01:40 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads in Ireland
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads in Ireland
Hi Richie - always been an admirer of your work on Ballads
'Twa Sisters'
The Kidson version from 'an Irishman in Liverpool' has six verses
As far as ballads I can't find versions of, I haven't really decided how far I'm going to chase this up - I would like to get this folder out as soon as possible to exploit the interest generated by the 'Man Woman and Child' project.
I am chasing up claims that the Irish language 'Mermaid' is a version of it, other than that, I doubt if I'll come across another
When this is ready, I'll follow up some ideas I have had for a long time - such as searching out American ballad singers who came from Ireland 'such as the one who sang 'Queen Eleanor's Confession', included in British Ballads from Maine'
I'll accept any help I can get and will be happy to pass on anything I find to whoever is interested

Regarding corrupted texts - many of the ballads here came from Travellers who couldn't read or write, so they sang what they heard
We gathered a fair amout of information from a ballad seller who described the process of reciting his father's songs over the counter to a printer who then produced tha ballad sheets (two chances of 'Chinese Whispers' taking place.

It's often forgotten that in many cases, these ballads were gathered from communities where English wasn't the first language and reading and writing skills were rudimentary
More later - spuds to be peeled!