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The Singing Streets: Childhood Memories of Ireland and Scotland

Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan
The Singing Streets: Childhood Memories of Ireland and Scotland

Scottish folksinger Ewan MacColl and Irish singer Dominic Behan delve into their childhoods to present the songs and chants of their working-class neighborhoods in Dublin, Glasgow, and Salford (in northern England). Unaccompanied—in keeping with tradition—the 100 songs include nonsense rhymes and ditties, counting games, ball-bouncing games and rhymes, skipping-rope pieces, jibes, taunts, oaths, street ballads, seasonal songs, and insults. In between selections, Ewan and Dominic provide context by explaining the circumstances in which the songs or chants were performed.

Listeners may recognize songs from their own childhood. Songs from ancient British ballads to 19th-century American popular songs were all grist for the mill of childhood creativity.

Liner notes include an "Introductory Note" from folklorist Kenneth Goldstein and a complete transcript of the recording.

Track Listing

101
Home, Family, Neighbors, Streets & Oaths Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan 8:00
102
Siging Games and Ring Games Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan 8:56
103
Skipping Rope, Bouncing Ball and Counting Rymes Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan 6:20
201
Street Songs, Election Ditties, The Police, Prisons, Enemies , Jeers And Snobs Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan 9:24
202
Songs and Rhymes of the Seasons Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan 4:36
203
Street Poetry, Nonsense Rhymes, And Songs and Taunts Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan 4:39
204
Night, Miscellaneous Street Songs, and the Day's End Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan 5:17

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