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Irish and British Songs from the Ottawa Valley

O.J. Abbott
Irish and British Songs from the Ottawa Valley

For five days in the summer of 1957, folklorist Edith Fowke recorded over eighty songs performed by O. J. Abbott, an octogenarian native of Ottawa. Mr. Abbott’s songs reflect influences from Ireland, England, and Scotland, with lyrics that relate swashbuckling pirate tales and mournful ballads of love lost. Liner notes include a personal account of Ms. Fowke’s experience working with Mr. Abbott, a brief autobiography from the performer, and descriptions with lyrics for each track.

Track Listing

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The Dog and the Gun - The Golden Glove O.J. Abbott 03:14
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102
The Gypsy Daisy O.J. Abbott 02:15
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103
The Barley Grain for Me O.J. Abbott 02:53
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104
To Be a Farmer's Boy - The Farmer's Boy O.J. Abbott 01:54
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105
The Silver Herrings O.J. Abbott 01:49
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106
The Lass of Glenshee O.J. Abbott 02:25
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The Colleen Bawn - Limerick is Beautiful O.J. Abbott 01:45
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108
The Bunch of Water Cresses O.J. Abbott 03:18
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109
The Bonny Irish Boy O.J. Abbott 01:23
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110
Daniel O'Connell O.J. Abbott 03:02
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111
The Mountain Dew O.J. Abbott 00:49
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112
The Cruiskeen Lawn O.J. Abbott 02:25
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A Young Man Lived in Belfast Town O.J. Abbott 01:51
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202
The Plains of Waterloo O.J. Abbott 04:14
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203
The Green Linnet O.J. Abbott 02:44
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204
Kelly the Pirate O.J. Abbott 02:42
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205
Captain Coldstein O.J. Abbott 03:14
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206
Nellie Coming Home from the Wake O.J. Abbott 01:39
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207
The Banks of Newfoundland O.J. Abbott 03:10
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208
Skibbereen - A Ballad of the Famine O.J. Abbott 03:23
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209
The Heights of Alma O.J. Abbott 01:50
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210
The Bold and Undaunted Youth - The Rambling Boy O.J. Abbott 02:15
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211
By the Hush, Me Boys O.J. Abbott 02:49