Frank Harte (1933-2005) was a traditional Irish singer, song collector, architect and lecturer; a great exponent of the Dublin street ballad and widely known for his distinctive singing, his Dublin accent having a rich nasal quality complementing his often high register.
From the original LP notes:
The material is all his own, gathered from the abundant cornucopia of traditional Anglo-Irish folksong. He has been collecting since he was twelve years of age and his infallible ear and prodigious memory have recorded nearly a thousand songs, most of them unpublished, though many of the songs on this disc are in Colm Oâ€™Lochlainnâ€™s Irish Street Ballads 1939 (C.Oâ€™L.,1) and More Irish Street Ballads 1965 (C.Oâ€™L.,2).
To explain in detail the history, the language, the music of these songs would require not a note which would fit on a record sleeve but a small book; but these are ballads of the Dublin streets, commonplace once, now remembered by a few. They were not all made in Dublin, but Dublin preserved their life.
1 The Traveller all over the World
2 The Shamrock ShoreÂ Â acc
3 The Rag Manâ€™s BallÂ Â acc
4 Henry My SonÂ Â acc
5 The Bold Belfast Shoemaker
6 The Night That Larry was Stretched
7 The Twang ManÂ Â acc
8 The Finding of Moses
9 Father Murphy
Recorded by Bill Leader
First issued by Topic Records 1967
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