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Thread #46310   Message #4163273
Posted By: GUEST,Psuedonymous
23-Jan-23 - 07:48 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues

With respect,

Joyce did not hear the song My Jewel My Joy. Rather, he got the papers of an Irish antiquarian who had collected one verse of it from a gentleman who said he had heard it. Joyce published the single verse.
He also published a tune which is not 'The Bard of Armagh'.

For a good account of some recent research, I suggest the Katherine Briggs Memorial lecture given y Prof R Jenkins.

His title says it all:

The Unfortunate Rake’s Progress: A Case Study of the Construction of Folklore by Collectors and Scholars
Richard Jenkins