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Lyr req: Song about Mullaghcarn

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Date: 02 Apr 16 - 08:05 AM

Many years ago, I remember my late paternal grandmother (i.e. my father's mother) singing a song, of whioch I can only remember part of the first two lines. She died in August 1979 but it was probably a few years at least before this.

The song's subject (and perhaps title) was Mullaghcarn (it may be spelled Mullagh Carn or with other variations, although would probably be pronounced something like Mullagh Cairn or Mullagh Herne) which is a mountain, over 1,700 feet high, some miles NE of Omagh, County Tyrone, in the west of Northern Ireland (it is visible for miles around from the nearby lowlands). My grandmother was I think born not too far away.

The only bit I remember goes something like:

Way (up there) by Mullaghcarn (I am not sure about the bit in brackets)
Clad with heather and fern

Sorry I haven't any more of the words. I suspect it would be 19th or perhaps early 20th century (though could be earlier than 19th); in those days when travelw as restricetd and there was no TV or cinema, a lot of songs were about the writers own locality.

It is not in Sam Henry's book "Songs of the People". It is probably a very obscure song but someone with close and present connections with that part of County Tyrone, or a deep knowledge of old songs from Northern Ireland, may be able to help. I tried googling some time ago but didn't come up with anything. If anyone can tell me anything about the song, I would be very grateful.

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Subject: RE: Lyr req: Song about Mullaghcarn
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Jul 18 - 03:44 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr req: Song about Mullaghcarn
From: John Moulden
Date: 16 Jul 18 - 04:22 AM

There is a typescript among Sam Henry's papers which bears the words of a poem 'Mullaghcarn' which was written by one Albert Ernest Stafford Smyth of Hamilton Ontario and published in his volume "The Garden of the sun". However, it doesn't rhyme Mullaghcarn with fern.
It's a description of an idyllic day spent with his Norah.
To my mind it's a very minor poem, though Henry had a tune in tonic sol-fa (as he did). I'm loth to transcribe but will happily do, if it rings any further bells.
Looking further I see that Henry also had this as sheet music, published privately by Smyth. If there is point, I could forward a scan.

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