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Danny boy

First line:
Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
Old Irish tune 'The Londonderry Air'
author of text

In addressing the vexed questions of categories and classification, Steve Roud, one of the leading scholars in the field, has asserted that it is not the origin of folksong that defines it, but rather what the ‘folk’ do with it. Sharp was a pioneer but also a romantic, inclined to assumptions then current that melodies were of greater antiquity than they were; but while many are impossible to source with finality, the words are often more recent. Londonderry Air, set especially magnificently by Grainger, is now commonly referred to as Danny boy, thanks to the sentimental stanzas fitted to it around 1913 by Frederick Weatherly, who was also responsible for Roses of Picardy and The Holy City.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


Perpetual twilight
Studio Master: SIGCD558Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The last rose of summer
CDH55210Archive Service


Track 14 on CDH55210 [3'17] Archive Service
Track 14 on SIGCD500 CD1 [3'13] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD558 [4'27] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD598 [3'45] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD598 track 6

Recording date
28 September 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew Bennett
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
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  1. The last rose of summer (SIGCD598)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: September 2019
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