Singers and Songs of County Clare

In September 2012, Clare County Library launched the first part of its online "Music of Clare" project on the library website, featuring a selection of traditional Irish tunes commonly associated with County Clare. We wanted people to be able to listen to traditional tunes associated with County Clare, played by musicians who are from the county or who have lived in it for many years. We also included transcriptions of the featured tunes, to help anyone who wishes to learn the basic notes of the featured tunes. Shortly after launching the traditional Irish music project, we received a phone call from Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie offering us a collection of recordings they had made of Irish singers from the early 1970s to the present day. Of course we had no idea of the huge extent of their collection, begun in the pubs of London and continued in the cottages of west Clare. From the enormous collection of files covering of songs, music, stories and folklore we present a selection of over 400 songs online sung by Clare singers, with transcriptions of song lyrics accompanying each recording, and various playlists for easy listening. The project is also enhanced by the addition of articles on singers and the song tradition, and by the inclusion of some of the all-too-few video recordings of Clare singers available on Youtube. Singers and Songs of County Clare from the Carroll Mackenzie Collection was officially launched on Thursday the 26th of March 2015 at 8pm in the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. See http://www.clarelibrary.ie/ for more details.

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