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Ooh-Aah2 Irish songs which aren't Irish (121* d) RE: Irish songs which aren't Irish 03 Jan 05


I notice that 'The Star of the County Down' is at the top of the list provided by GUEST as the 20 greatest Irish. Well, this is definetely an Irish song but it comes from a tune family which almost certainly comes from England - slow it down and you get 'Dives and Lazarus', a song noted in 16th century London, though it may not be the same one of course. Still, it's a distincive and unusual title.

I have a fabulous CD by a group called the 'York Waites' which claims that the Scottish tune 'Cock of the North' similarly comes from a 16th-century English one. What a bunch of stirrers!


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