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Origins: The Banks of Sullane

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THE BANKS OF SULLANE


MartinRyan 07 Nov 11 - 12:30 PM
MartinRyan 07 Nov 11 - 12:33 PM
Steve Shaw 07 Nov 11 - 12:54 PM
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Subject: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: MartinRyan
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 12:30 PM

Surprised to find that this one hasn't got a thread of its own - although I posted the words on the Digital Tradition many years ago. Here's the basics and we can see what we can add:

DT set of lyrics
Niamh Parsons singing it on Youtube.

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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: MartinRyan
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 12:33 PM

Here's the DT set, with some minor correction of typos etc.:

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THE BANKS OF SULLANE

It was early on a bright harvest morning,
I strayed by the banks of Sullane
To gaze on such beauties of nature
As grace every woodland and lawn
Oh the prospect was surely enchanting,
As gay lassies in juvenile bloom
Promenaded by the banks of that river
That flows by the town of Macroom

I being airy and fond of recreation
To the river(side) I ventured to rove
When weary of rambling and roving
I sat myself down by a grove
I sat there some time meditating
Till the sun its bright rays had withdrawn
And a damsel of queenly appearance
Came down by the banks of Sullane

I stood in great joy and admiration
And accosted this damsel most fair
For to me she appeared like Venus
Adorned with jewels so rare
Were I ruler of France or of Prussia
Oh It's with me you'd soon wear the crown
And I'd join you in wedlock my darling
You're the beauty of sweet Masseytown

We walked and we talked on together
Inhaling the bright pleasant air
Until in a voice most alarmed
She said "See - my father goes there!"
His presence to me was appalling
With his cross angry look and his frown
Which pierced through my heart like an arrow
On my way back to sweet Masseytown

And its now I've retired from my roving
With a heart full of sorrow and grief
There is no one on earth can console me
Or give me one moment's relief
I will roam through the African Desert
Until death summons me to my tomb
For the sake of that charming fair Helen
That I met near the town of Macroom



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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 12:54 PM

The tune makes for a wonderful slow air. Jackie Daly played it beautifully on his album Music From Sliabh Luachra Vol. 6.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: MartinRyan
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 01:02 PM

Yes - it's a beautiful air, alright. Very similar to "Cailin Deas Cruite na mBo" (The Pretty Girl milking her cow) - but then so are several other songtunes!


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Dec 20 - 04:13 PM

Here's the entry on this song in the Traditional Ballad Index. Shlomo Caine sang this beautifully.

Banks of Sullane

DESCRIPTION: The singer meets "a damsel of queenly appearance" and proposes; if he were king she'd wear a crown. Her father's angry looks discourages him. He will rove alone until death "for the sake of my charming fair Helen That I met in the town of Macroom"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1947 (OCroinin-Cronin)
KEYWORDS: courting separation father
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (2 citations):
OCanainn, pp. 70-71, "The Banks of Sullane" (1 text, 1 tune)
OCroinin-Cronin 145, "The Banks of Sullane" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #9718
RECORDINGS:
Ollie Conway, "Banks of Sullane" (on IRClare01)
Elizabeth Cronin, "The Banks of Sullane" (on IRECronin01)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow" (tune)
cf. "Heather Down the Moor (Among the Heather; Down the Moor)" (theme)
NOTES [22 words]: OCanainn: "One of the most popular English ballads of the Ballyvourney and Coolea area in West Cork."
Macroom is in County Cork. - BS
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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Dec 20 - 04:49 PM

Bejaysus, I'd forgotten all about this, so I've just grabbed my Tombo D tremolo, and, voila, I could still hack it. Played in second position it comes out in the key of A. Lovely set of words too, though Mrs Steve (understandably) won't let me sing it to her...


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 29 Dec 20 - 04:22 AM

Sorry to miss Shlomo singing this - I always seem to join the Zoom session just after he leaves!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Dec 20 - 07:46 AM

Jimmy Crowley has recorded this...late 1970's..early 1980's


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkUIHBMi0AM


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Dec 20 - 06:40 PM

Jimmy Crowley 1981-"Some things never change" LP Mulligan records track 2----reissued on his Free State Label-me thinks..go to his website..also in his first songbook..."Jimmy Crowley's Irish Songbook" 1986 Mercier Press


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: leeneia
Date: 30 Dec 20 - 01:09 PM

This is a beautiful song, but it has a great weakness. Who believes a person fell deeply in love at the first meeting and then mourned for the rest of his life for a person he hardly knew? It's hard to keep interested in such a tale.
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Speaking of lone damsels, recently four of us were in rural Iceland, heading for a bird refuge. On the way in, we observed and photographed birds on a nearby farm. (There were more birds on the farm than in the refuge.)

After a while, the daughter of the place, a beautiful blonde girl about sixteen approached us to see what we were doing. She and the DH were talking about birds when her grandfather appeared out of nowhere,
looking over her shoulder and checking us out. I don't say there was a poof! and a column of smoke, but I sure never saw him or heard footsteps.

Everything went well, although Grandfather's smile remained on the stiff side. I'm telling this story to show that the things that happened in the song are still happening.


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