Here I Am Amongst You

Joe Holmes: Songs, Music and Traditions of an Ulsterman

£20, under review

Here I Am Amongst You is an account of the folklore and repertoire of one of the most influential singers and traditional fiddle players in Ireland – Joe Holmes (1906–78) of Co. Antrim.

It journeys into the heart of a diverse traditional life in Ulster giving a detailed and comprehensive account of the world of a singer musician in the twentieth century – one which knew little religious or community boundaries, with house dances and song sessions, mumming customs at Christmas, shinny playing, haymaking in summer, whilst journeying to other parts of Ireland to share music with great musicians such as Sarah and Rita Keane of Galway, John Doherty of Donegal and Denis Murphy of Slieve Luachra in Kerry.

Here I Am Amongst You publishes some 80 songs of love, politics, early classic ballads, songs of emigration and of local interest, together with transcriptions of over fifty dance tunes ranging from mazurkas, polkas, schottisches, quadrilles, lancers, hornpipes to jigs and reels, reflecting the varied influences and traditions of Ireland and Scotland.

Edited here for the first time by Joe’s singing partner, Len Graham, these songs have been a source for many individual traditional players. They have been recorded by a galaxy of contemporary high profiled bands and musicians including The Chieftains, Battlefield Band, Planxty, Dolores Keane and Dick Gaughan.

The Author

LEN GRAHAM, a professional musician, is a native of Co. Antrim who has been living for many years in An Mullach Bán in South Armagh. He is a renowned traditional singer with an international reputation for his knowledge and performance of Irish traditional song. He is a recipient of numerous accolades including the ‘Seán O’Boyle Cultural Traditions Award’ and the first Irish Television TG4 National Music Award for ‘Traditional Singer of the Year.’ He has a rich recording history spanning some 30 years with over 20 highly acclaimed albums. The collection in this book is edited from his own extensive personal audio archive.
Author:
Len Graham
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
978 0 85389 940 2
Published:
In preparation; not yet published; estimating Autumn 2008
 

Here I Am Amongst You

Joe Holmes: Songs, Music and Traditions of an Ulsterman

£40, under review

Here I Am Amongst You is an account of the folklore and repertoire of one of the most influential singers and traditional fiddle players in Ireland – Joe Holmes (1906–78) of Co. Antrim.

It journeys into the heart of a diverse traditional life in Ulster giving a detailed and comprehensive account of the world of a singer musician in the twentieth century – one which knew little religious or community boundaries, with house dances and song sessions, mumming customs at Christmas, shinny playing, haymaking in summer, whilst journeying to other parts of Ireland to share music with great musicians such as Sarah and Rita Keane of Galway, John Doherty of Donegal and Denis Murphy of Slieve Luachra in Kerry.

Here I Am Amongst You publishes some 80 songs of love, politics, early classic ballads, songs of emigration and of local interest, together with transcriptions of over fifty dance tunes ranging from mazurkas, polkas, schottisches, quadrilles, lancers, hornpipes to jigs and reels, reflecting the varied influences and traditions of Ireland and Scotland.

Edited here for the first time by Joe’s singing partner, Len Graham, these songs have been a source for many individual traditional players. They have been recorded by a galaxy of contemporary high profiled bands and musicians including The Chieftains, Battlefield Band, Planxty, Dolores Keane and Dick Gaughan.

The Author

LEN GRAHAM, a professional musician, is a native of Co. Antrim who has been living for many years in An Mullach Bán in South Armagh. He is a renowned traditional singer with an international reputation for his knowledge and performance of Irish traditional song. He is a recipient of numerous accolades including the ‘Seán O’Boyle Cultural Traditions Award’ and the first Irish Television TG4 National Music Award for ‘Traditional Singer of the Year.’ He has a rich recording history spanning some 30 years with over 20 highly acclaimed albums. The collection in this book is edited from his own extensive personal audio archive.
Author:
Len Graham
Binding:
Hardback
ISBN:
978 0 85389 939 6
Published:
In preparation; not yet published; estimating Autumn 2008