The Roving Dingle Boy

Composer: Ernest Moeran (b. 1894 - d. 1950)
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Composer: Ernest Moeran (b. 1894 - d. 1950)

Performance date: 04/07/2014

Venue: St. Brendan’s Church

Composition Year: 1950

Duration: 00:02:34

Recording Engineer: Richard McCullough, RTE

Instrumentation: S-solo, pf

Instrumentation Category:Duo

Artists: Joseph Middleton - [piano]
Ailish Tynan - [soprano]

Moeran had a close
relationship with Ireland, often visiting the country and collecting folk
songs. He died in Bantry during one of these forays. His seven Songs from County Kerry are among the
last of his collections to be published before his untimely death from a heart
attack. At the head of the volume he wrote: 
These arrangements are taken from a much larger collection I noted in
Co. Kerry at odd times during a period roughly between 1934 and 1948. They were
sung by Kerrymen in Cahirciveen, Sneem and Kenmare. The verse by verse variants
in some of the tunes are exactly as I heard them from the singers themselves on
a number of occasions
.  This air is among the many emigrant songs but
at least the girl he leaves behind gets the chance to join him in the end.