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Lough Erne Shore

[ Roud 3476 ; Ballad Index TSF115 ; Bodleian Roud 3476 ; trad.]

Seán O Boyle: The Irish Song Tradition

Paddy Tunney from Co Fermanagh sang the love song Lough Erne Shore in 1962 on his Folk-Legacy album of Irish traditional ballads, The Man of Songs. An earlier field recording made by Peter Kennedy and Sean O'Boyle on 18 July 1952 (BBC recording 17538) was included in 2014 on the Topic anthology of traditional songs, airs and dance music in Ulster, The Flax in Bloom (The Voice of the People Volume 27).

Paul Brady sang Lough Erne Shore on Andy Irvine's and his 1976 Mulligan album, Andy Irvine Paul Brady,

CrossCurrent sang Lough Erne Shore on their 2005 album Momentum, and their band member Damien O'Kane returned to it in 2010 on his solo album on Pure Records, Summer Hill.

Maggie Boyle sang Lough Erne Shore in 2008 on Sketch's eponymous album Sketch.

Old Blind Dogs sang Lough Erne Shore in 2010 on their Compass album Wherever Yet May Be.

The Voice Squad sang Lough Erne Shore on their 2014 CD Concerning of Three Young Men where they noted:

A song from Paddy Tunney which he refers to in his publication The Stone Fiddle where he relates that this song came directly from the hedge-school-master poets. We heard this song also from the singing of Paul Brady.

Niall Hanna sang Lough Erne Shore on his 2017 CD Autumn Winds.


The Voice Squad sing Lough Erne Shore

One morning as I went a-fowling bright Phoebus adorned the plain,
It was down by the shades of Lough Erne I met with this wonderful dame.
Her voice was so sweet and so pleasing, these beautiful notes she did sing
And the innocent fowl of the forest their love unto her they did bring.

It being the first time I met her, my heart it did leap with surprise.
I thought that she could be no mortal but an angels that fell from the skies.
Her hair it resembled gold tresses, her skin was as white as the snow
And her cheeks were as red as the roses that bloom around Lough Erne shore.

When I found that my love was eloping these words unto her I did say,
“Oh take me to your habitation for cupid has led me astray,
Forever I’ll keep the commandments; they say that it is the best plan
Fair maids who do yield to men’s pleasures the Scriptures do say they are wrong.

“Oh Mary don’t accuse me of weakness, for treachery I do disown.
I will make you a lady of splendour if with me this night you come home.
Oh if I had the lamp of great Aladdin, his rings and his genie, what’s more,
I would part with them all for to win you and live around Lough Erne shore.”