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John Moulden The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin (51* d) The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin 20 Apr 00


Notice of New Publication

Elizabeth Cronin was recorded extensively in the late 40s and 50s by the Irish Folklore Commission, the BBC, Jean Ritchie, Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy. She is regarded as one of the finest singers and repositories of song in both Irish and English to be heard at that time: Seamus Ennis called her (in Irish) "The Muskerry Queen of Song" - Muskerry being the area of south-west Cork in which she lived. Her best known performances include "Lord Gregory," "The Bonnie Blue Eyed Lassie," "The little Pack of Tailors." Songs such as "Sweet Lisbweemore" and "The Kangaroo" sung respectively by Andy Irvine and Christie Moore, were learned by them from her recordings.

Her entire repertory, compiled from the recordings, her own text notebooks and song lists,lists made by her son and other documents has just been published in book form. Edited by one of her grandsons, Dr Da/ibhí Ó Cróinín, it gives a picture of an extraordinary woman, a wonderful singer and an illustration of the full range of the repertory, in both languages, of an Irish traditional singer of great ability. It includes, family and regional background, all texts sung by her, tune transcriptions from the recordings, illustrative texts of songs mentioned only by title, photographs, notes and references. There are two cds re-mastered in the Irish Traditonal Music Archive by Harry Bradshaw with 59 tracks representative both of her repertory and the recordings.

The set (paperback only) costs £24.99.

Da/ibhí Ó Cróinín (editor): The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin: Irish Traditional Singer (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2000) ISBN 1-85182-259-3

it is available also from Four Courts Press, c/o ISBS, 5804 Hassalo Street, Portland, OR 97213, USA

I am proud to have assisted with the research for this publication.

Ulstersongs (which I run) hopes to obtain a supply.


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