A celebration of the songs and singers of Inishowen


The Inishowen Song Project is getting bigger!

Sponsored by Inishowen Development Partnership, this ground breaking project is a collaboration between the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle (ITSC) and the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) in Dublin, to host recordings, videos, photographs & song lyrics, collected in Inishowen, on the Archive’s website. This state-of-the-art digital facility provides local, national and international access to Inishowen song material in a professional archival and web-based environment.

We began the project in 2011, uploading the songs & singers from My parents reared me tenderly.  But with further support from IDP, the ITMA website will now host 599 song recordings in a newly designed Inishowen Song Project microsite. Sound recordings, videos, photographs, and song words will all be fully searchable and freely available. Digital technology is allowing us breathe life into the cassettes and videos recorded by Jimmy McBride – reintroducing many grandchildren to the singing of their grandparents andgiving another generation an insight into the wealth of the Inishowen song tradition.

The site will contain the songs published in My parents reared me tenderlysongs collected by Jimmy McBride & Jim MacFarland; The Flower of Dunaff Hill; Two good men and true, and a further 250 unpublished songs.  We are also adding Come-All-Ye’s – a song book printed by the Derry Journal in 1915.  This was a popular source of song in Inishowen and Derry right up to the 1950s.  Web visitors can hear a digitally remastered recording of the song, view the words from the original book and see photographs & videos of the singers.  You will be able to download the words of the songs from the site.  Also included are a selection of contemporary recordings made by ITMA at the annual Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar.

The material also sits in the European Digital Library – www.europeana.org a project funded by the European Commission to explore the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.

Nicholas Carolan, Director of ITMA, formally launched the project along with Anthony Duggan, Chairman of IDP, at the opening of the 2012 Festival.

If you have recordings, photographs or videos of Inishowen singers which you would like to include in this project, we would love to hear from you.

Mary McDaid
The Glen of Aherlow

Michael ‘Mack’ Devlin
November Keady Fair

Mick Quinn
The man that shot my dog

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