"An Irish Boy he may well be but he spak braid Scots when he coortit me": Song connections between Ireland and South West Scotland.

Valentina Bold

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This survey paper makes a start at looking, through a series of specific examples, drawn from oral and printed song traditions. This paper looks at the song culture of South West Scotland and the way it relates to that of its near neighbour across the water, Ireland. The range of examples considers allows the writer to look at images from the nineteenth century to the present—many racist and unpleasant—and to show the influence of Irish area, more broadly, on both urban and rural Scottish musical and song traditions. The modern song culture of the area under consideration, in conclusion, bears lasting traces of Irish influence. This field would prove rewarding for further, in-depth research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-40
Number of pages10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2009


  • Scottish song
  • song
  • folklore
  • South West Scotland
  • Ireland
  • ethnicity

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