Grove Scene by John Crome. Photo (c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery) The Salley Gardens. Down by the Salley Gardens is a well-known Irish folk song – just one of the collection arranged by Benjamin Britten, and published in Words by William. Down by the Salley Gardens has an unusual background for a song that has passed including Rebecca Clarke, John Ireland and Benjamin Britten also set the.

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As well as providing willow shoots for thatching, they doubled up as a meeting place for young lovers. It has been suggested that the location of the “Salley Gardens” was on the banks of brittwn river at Ballysadare near Sligo where the residents cultivated trees to provide roof thatching materials.

Slender shoots of willow were used to bind thatched roofs and so it was common to find small willow plantations close to villages in Ireland.

But I was young and foolish and with my darling could not agree. I spied this pretty fair maid and these words to me she did say. The song that Yeats heard the old woman singing was almost certainly the old Irish tune, You Rambling Boys of Pleasure. Down by the Salley Gardens was written as a poem and remained that way until when Herbert Hughes set it to music using the old Irish melody, The Maids of Mourne Shore. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

Down by the Salley Gardens – tale of unrequited love – Irish Music Daily

They were begun in New York when the composer was undergoing a bout of homesickness, but. Bono hopes to get better nritten better. A Source Book 2nd ed. It all ends in tears.


Jamie MacDougall and Malcolm Martineau are very good too. The words are very similar to Down by the Salley Gardens and it seems safe to assume that You Rambling Boys of Pleasure was the song Yeats heard being sung by the old woman. Yeats indicated in a note that it was “an attempt to reconstruct an old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village of BallisodareSligowho often sings them to herself.

The Salley Gardens is the first in a long list of many folksong arrangements made by Britten, right up until the year of his death. Articles with hAudio microformats. Thoughts The Salley Gardens is simple and moving, a truly yearning song that makes the most of its beautiful melody.

Showcase Info and videos of new Irish salleh. H Abrams and Stephen Greenblatt eds. Irish Songs More information about Irish songs. Fardens choral version with Louis Halsey and the Elizabethan Singers is here. The similarity to the first verse of the Yeats version is unmistakable and would suggest that this was indeed the song Yeats remembered the old woman singing.

Email required Address never made public. We are not told why but the presumption is brittne he tried to move too fast and so frightened her away. This site uses cookies. Salley gardens Performed by Dancing Willow. The Salley Gardens is simple and moving, a truly yearning song that makes the most of its beautiful melody. The rest of the song, however, is quite different. He could only remember a few lines but acknowledged his debt to the original version by calling his new poem, An Old Song Re-sung.

Why does Ireland have such a high percentage of red-haired people compared to the rest of the Western world?

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Oxford University Press,p. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Van Morrison — the ten million airplays man. The poem has been part of the repertoire of many singers and groups, mostly set on “The Maids of Mourne Shore”‘s melody.

Grove Scene by John Crome. Down by the Salley Gardens — tale of unrequited love. Views Read Edit View history.

Down by the Salley Gardens gives no specific reason for the failure of the relationship, and the effect may be stronger as we are left to vritten up our own minds.

Down by the Salley Gardens has an unusual background for a song that has passed into the Irish folk music tradition. McGinty and Carlin represent Derry.

Britten and earworms Good Morning Britten. Is it from the Celts or could the Vikings be responsible? Ironically, considering it was written by a great poet regarded by many as a literary genius, the song is one of the simplest you will find anywhere slley the Irish music repertoire.

Retrieved November 23, Our chord converter enables you to play any song in whatever key you like. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Salley Gardens therefore simply means willow gardens.