Jim Carroll

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The roots and routes of Irish song

Exploring the rich, vibrant and powerful history of Irish emigrants through their songs

Tue, Nov 29, 2016, 09:30


From persecution in 18th century Ulster to the Famine and beyond, there’s a hell of a story to tell about the ins and outs of Irish songs as they left here, went elsewhere and often came back here again. I talked to musician and composer Danny Diamond, singer and director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive Grace Toland, writer and producer Nuala O’Connor and broadcaster and producer Philip King about the way in which the migration experience shaped Irish songs for a feature for the paper, which you can read here.

You’ll also find a selection of musicians, including Lisa O’Neill, Conor O’Brien, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Mick Flannery and Adrian Crowley, talking about the emigrant songs which move them the most here and this is one of the songs in question.