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Irish and British Songs from the Ottawa Valley

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

101
The Dog and the Gun - The Golden Glove O.J. Abbott 3:14
102
The Gypsy Daisy O.J. Abbott 2:15
103
The Barley Grain for Me O.J. Abbott 2:53
104
To Be a Farmer's Boy - The Farmer's Boy O.J. Abbott 1:54
105
The Silver Herrings O.J. Abbott 1:49
106
The Lass of Glenshee O.J. Abbott 2:25
107
The Colleen Bawn - Limerick is Beautiful O.J. Abbott 1:45
108
The Bunch of Water Cresses O.J. Abbott 3:18
109
The Bonny Irish Boy O.J. Abbott 1:23
110
Daniel O'Connell O.J. Abbott 3:02
111
The Mountain Dew O.J. Abbott 0:49
112
The Cruiskeen Lawn O.J. Abbott 2:25
201
A Young Man Lived in Belfast Town O.J. Abbott 1:51
202
The Plains of Waterloo O.J. Abbott 4:14
203
The Green Linnet O.J. Abbott 2:44
204
Kelly the Pirate O.J. Abbott 2:42
205
Captain Coldstein O.J. Abbott 3:14
206
Nellie Coming Home from the Wake O.J. Abbott 1:39
207
The Banks of Newfoundland O.J. Abbott 3:10
208
Skibbereen - A Ballad of the Famine O.J. Abbott 3:23
209
The Heights of Alma O.J. Abbott 1:50
210
The Bold and Undaunted Youth - The Rambling Boy O.J. Abbott 2:15
211
By the Hush, Me Boys O.J. Abbott 2:49

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