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Sean Nós Singing

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Uploaded on Jul 27, 2008

Eleanór a Rún sung by Róisín El Safty at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay. The love song Eleanor a Run (Eleanor my secret love) is unusual in that it is in the form of a dialogue. It was composed in the sixteenth century but became attributed to the early seventeenth century harper Cearbhal Ua Dalaigh because of his love poems to Eleanor Cavanagh, daughter of Sir Morgen Cavanagh of Clonmullen Castle, Co. Carlow. The melody of the song was included in Charles Coffey's opera The Beggar's Wedding in 1728 and Edward Bunting published a variant of the air in his A General Collection of Ancient Irish Music (1796) which he collected from the harper Denis Hempson..

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