The Songs of Mrs. Elizabeth Cronin


Elizabeth Cronin of Baile Bhuirne in West Cork is one of the most prominent names in traditional Irish singing and song, often mentioned in our classes. We thought it would be well worthwhile to have a course devoted to her alone. Her repertoire included songs in both English and Irish, love songs, funny songs, children songs and great ballads, and many wonderful songs are known today because they were collected from her by such famous folk scholars as Séamus Ennis, Alan Lomax, Jean Ritchie and Diane Hamilton, who made the trek to her door in the Cork Gaeltacht to collect her riches. We will learn a range of her songs, study her intricate style and share background on her and her world.


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