Dobbin's Flowery Vale
Len Graham from Newry, Northern ireland: On Autumn Harvest ah011: Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 8: The Little Ball of Yarn Live from the Fife Traditional Singing Festival May 2011.
Roud has 14 instances of this song, most from the north of Ireland, with three from Canada - and there was a Dublin broadside printing. Sam Henry notes that it was written by McGowan, shoemaker, of Chapel Lane, Armagh - though he doesn't say when. Seán O'Boyle recorded it from Robert Cinnamond (Ballinderry, Co Antrim) and Sarak Makem (Keady, Co Armagh) and Seamus Ennis recorded it from Bob McCreesh also in Co Armagh, and Paddy Tunney sang it on The Flowery Vale (Topic 12TS289). Len has also recorded the song on Cranagh CMCD4453. Roud 999, Laws O29, Henry SH25.
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