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13 December 2022
Folklorist Robin Morton's Ulster songs collection to be re-published

Robin Morton (photo by Ewan MacGregor)

 

Kinmor Music is to re-publish Folksongs Sung in Ulster, the book of songs that the widely respected advocate for traditional music Robin Morton collected and was working on updating at the time of his death in October 2021.

 

Morton, who became internationally known as one of the founders of one long-running folk group Boys of the Lough and manager of another, Battlefield Band, began collecting songs near his home in Portadown as a student while in hospital recuperating from a rugby injury.

 

His book first appeared in 1970 and Morton went on to champion traditional music through the label he founded, Temple Records, as an award-winning record producer and as an influential events organiser. He produced Dick Gaughan’s classic Handful of Earth album and directed Edinburgh Folk Festival as well as releasing crucial albums of Gaelic singing by Flora MacNeil and Christine Primrose and of traditional harp music by Alison Kinnaird.

 

The updated Folksongs Sung In Ulster comes with a CD featuring twenty-two tracks of original recordings made by Morton ‘in the field’ and features notes by Morton to complement the notated melody lines and lyrics. It will be launched on Friday December 16th.   

 

You can read more about Robin here

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