Belfast Songs

Belfast Songs

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Location

Belfast, Cave Hill, Great Victoria Street, Linen Hall Library, Queen's University Belfast, Sandy Row, Shaftesbury Square, University Square

Year

1985

Date

Transmission 01/07/1985

Length

10min 13sec

Audio

sound

Format

Betacam

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Ivan Little interviiews Maurice Leyden about the "Old Songs of Belfast".

A folk-song collecter, singer, broadcaster and writer, Maurice Leyden is an expert in Ulster folk-song. In this feature, we meet Leyden as he conducts research in the Linen Hall Library, examining newspapers from 1935 for hidden songs. He observes that such songs were often part of a verbal tradition, were never written down and, so, "many songs may have been lost forever". 

In this respect, he notes, it takes a substantial amount of work to find new 'old' material.  

Leyden then takes the viewer on a musical tour of Belfast, referring to a variety of songs, the lyrics of each namechecking a street, or streets, throughout the city, with the final stop at University Square.

 

Credits

An Ulster Television production

Interviewer: Ivan Little

Featured: Maurice Leyden

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