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Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets

mayomick 13 Jul 13 - 10:21 AM
GUEST,Arkie 13 Jul 13 - 06:29 PM
GUEST,Arkie 13 Jul 13 - 07:17 PM
McGrath of Harlow 13 Jul 13 - 07:54 PM
dick greenhaus 13 Jul 13 - 07:57 PM
MGM·Lion 14 Jul 13 - 08:20 AM
MGM·Lion 14 Jul 13 - 08:22 AM
dick greenhaus 14 Jul 13 - 09:56 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 14 Jul 13 - 07:31 PM
mayomick 15 Jul 13 - 08:12 AM
MGM·Lion 15 Jul 13 - 10:04 AM
MGM·Lion 15 Jul 13 - 10:29 AM
Ron Davies 15 Jul 13 - 10:34 AM
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MGM·Lion 15 Jul 13 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,Lisa Essuman 15 Jul 13 - 03:53 PM
Jim Carroll 16 Jul 13 - 03:19 AM
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Subject: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: mayomick
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 10:21 AM

Starting this Sunday . Athena Media's latest radio series 'Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets' begins on July 14th at 7pm on RTÉ Radio.1


How do popular ballads shape our version of history? What makes a hero and how important has song been in shaping the popular image of that time, and that hero? And in Ireland does failure rather than triumph define heroism?

This eight part series is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Radio 1 and is presented by singer and academic Therese McIntyre, who traces the journey of ballads from the 16th century to today and explores how they shape or distort our understanding of history, real events and real people like Henry Joy McCracken in 1798 or Jim Larkin in 1913. For more information click here:http://www.athenamedia.ie/news-details.jsp?id_news=275 and listen to our promos here: http://audioboo.fm/users/42600/playlists/8696-herosongs

The series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision Scheme


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 06:29 PM

Looks interesting. Will see if I can remember it and set Audacity to record. I think we are about six time zones apart. I am assuming one can go to the Radio web site and punch the "Listen" button.


http://www.rte.ie/radio1/


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 07:17 PM

I give up on creating the 'blue clicky'. The link above will get there but anyone capable of using mudcat can find the station.


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 07:54 PM

In most stories about heroes I've come across, from any culture, the death of the hero is a key part of the story. King Arthur, Robin Hood, Heracles, all the gods in Asgard, Harry Potter (he gets resurrected, but that's a diffferent matter)

Works in real life too - that's a major reason Nelson and Lincoln are popular heroes in a way Wellington and Washington aren't (dying in your bed well on in life doesn't count).


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 07:57 PM

History is written by the winners; songs are composed by the losers.


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 08:20 AM

Not sure that generalisation will hold, Dick. The Agincourt Carol? Battle Of Harlaw? Chevy Chase?

~M~


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 08:22 AM

BTW: is the title of the series correctly cited here? It is ungrammatical ~~ should surely be "meet", not "meets"?

~M~


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 09:56 AM

MtheGM-
There are exceptions. Not so many in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 07:31 PM

Herosongs: where legend and song meet.


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: mayomick
Date: 15 Jul 13 - 08:12 AM

What a disappointment ,the speakers on my PC went kaput last night , so I missed the program !
Re the grammar .I copy and pasted the title "Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets" from the facebook page sent out by Athena. I think you've met your match at long last MgM - you can go and take it up with the Goddess of War!


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 15 Jul 13 - 10:04 AM

Athena was the Goddess of Wisdom, not of War.---

Wikipedia — In Greek religion and mythology, Athena or Athene (/əˈθiːnə/ or /əˈθiːniː/; Attic: Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnā or Ἀθηναία, Athēnaia; Epic: Ἀθηναίη, Athēnaiē; Ionic: Ἀθήνη, Athēnē; Doric: Ἀθάνα, Athānā), also referred to as Pallas Athena/Athene (/ˈpæləs/; Παλλὰς Ἀθηνᾶ; Παλλὰς Ἀθήνη), is the goddess of wisdom

— so her subjects & verbs should have agreed better, shouldn't they? Grammatically, O Mick-o'-Mayo, she was clearly not my match, however wise!

ΛΩΛ


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 15 Jul 13 - 10:29 AM

Looking a little further ~~ one of her other godly 'hats' was "just warfare". That's OK: she would have the Wisdom to know that Warfare against me would not be Just, becoz I am in the right!

λΩλ


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: Ron Davies
Date: 15 Jul 13 - 10:34 AM

Perfect, Mike. Who would have thought Athena would be so vulnerable?

But "becoz"?---you've been spending too much time with teenagers online.


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: Ron Davies
Date: 15 Jul 13 - 10:36 AM

Or should I perhaps say "2 much time" in order to fit in?


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 15 Jul 13 - 10:46 AM

Curses! Discovered!

Exit, twirling moustachios and clutching forehead


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: GUEST,Lisa Essuman
Date: 15 Jul 13 - 03:53 PM

Thanks for all the messages folks. You can subscribe to our podcast to listen back here feed://pciserver.com/athenapodcasts.xml. We also include an episode playlist after each episode http://pciserver.com/herosongs/

Next week it's the age of revolution including songs about Robert Emmet and Belfast man Henry Joy McCracken...


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Subject: RE: Herosongs: Where History and Song Meets
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 16 Jul 13 - 03:19 AM

".... Robert Emmet and Belfast man Henry Joy McCracken."
I believe these songs are invaluable as carriers of certain aspects of 'oral history', but often their importance lies in the reason that they were made rather than their historical accuracy.
A little later than the 'Age of Revolution' but I wonder if you'll get round to dealing with one of my childhood heroes, John Mitchel who fought to free Ireland from "the chains of slavery" but was was quite happy to go off and support the Confederacy in its attempts to maintain slavery in the US.
Many of these songs are fascinating in the fact that they carry the 'feelings' of historical events, but often their partisan nature makes them unreliable, or incomplete.
Take a look at the ballad of '98, 'Ballyshannon Lane' and compare it with the horrific reality of the Scullabogue massacre (covered in some detail in Thomas Pakenham's 'The Year of Liberty').
Jim Carroll


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