Carolan, Nicholas


Carolan, Nicholas, “‘Out of the smoke’: A. Martin Freeman’s west Cork song collection of 1913–14”, in: Moran, Pádraic, and Immo Warntjes (eds), Early medieval Ireland and Europe: chronology, contacts, scholarship. A Festschrift for Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Studia Traditionis Theologiae 14, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. 695–715.

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“‘Out of the smoke’: A. Martin Freeman’s west Cork song collection of 1913–14”
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An important collection of Irish-language traditional songs (melodies and words) was made by the English collector A. Martin Freeman (1878-1959) in Ballyvourney, Co. Cork, in 1913 and 1914. Published in the Journal of the Folk- Song Society in London in the troubled years of 1920-21 but of limited circulation, the collection is little-known, and access to it has been further restricted by Freeman’s use of a scientific but difficult phonetic orthography. Freeman’s field-notebooks survive in the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin. This illustrated article outlines Freeman’s career in music and his Irish collecting trips, his published Ballyvourney collection and his surviving notebooks. It provides a title and first-line listing of the published collection in standard Irish, and gives direction to digitized online versions of the collection and to online interactive scores of its melodies.
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