Eddie Butcher - In his own words. Book Publication

All the days of his life: Eddie Butcher in his own words: songs, stories and memories of Magilligan, Co Derry’ is the latest publication in the Studies in Irish traditional music / Taighde ar cheol dúchais Éireann series from the Irish Traditional Music Archive. 

This illustrated record of the life and songs of Eddie Butcher (1900–1980), an outstanding singer from Magilligan, Co Derry, brings back a vanished way of rural life and verbal entertainment. Hugh Shields (1929–2008) was teaching in Coleraine when he first met Eddie in Magilligan in 1953. Their musical friendship continued until Eddie's death. During this period Hugh recorded and published a large repertory of songs from Eddie. The words and notated music of 67 unpublished songs, together with stories and recollections, are given in this book. It is accompanied by three CDs with Eddie's singing of all the songs.

For more detailed information please see the attached press release.  The book is available for purchase from the ITMA online shop.

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