Terry Yarnell English & Irish Folk Music Collection

The ballad of Bean Dubh an Gleanna

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    1CDR0008193 (copy of C1005/3)

  • Subjects

    Irish folk songs and music

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Terry Yarnell Collection

  • Recording locations

    Spiddle, Co. Galway, Ireland

  • Performers

    ac Dhonncha, Sean (singer, male)

  • Recordist

    Yarnell, Terry

  • Description

    Item notes: Sung in Gaelic

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SINGER: Seán 'ac Dhonncha (Seán Mac Donncha, Johnny Joe Phaitsín), from Aird Thiar, Carna, was one of the first sean-nós singers whose singing reached a wider audience when commercial recordings were issued in the 1960s by Gael-Linn. Others songs in this collection that Terry Yarnell recorded from him are found under the name "Seán Mac Donough".

Posted by Virginia Blankenhorn, Celtic & Scottish Studies, U. of Edinburgh on 02/09/2017 12:19:00

The title should be "Bean Dubh an Ghleanna" (without "The Ballad of...."). There are a couple of airs associated with this song; this is the one that will be familiar to listeners who have heard Séamus Ennis play it on the uillean pipes.

Posted by Virginia Blankenhorn, Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh on 01/09/2017 18:06:00