Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020

The 48th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 4th July to Sunday 12th July, 2020.

Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir  4ú Iúil - 12ú Iúil.

Robert Cinnamond (18 May 1884 – 3 June 1968) was an Irish traditional singer and collector of songs, born in Tullyballydonnell, Ballinderry, County Antrim, Ireland.


Due to the hundreds of songs he had in his repertoire he was interviewed several times by both BBC and RTÉ. He was interviewed by Seán Ó Boyle as part of the field recording venture carried out in Ireland by the BBC between 1952 and 1957. Cinnamond provided 70 songs for the field researchers. A number of these songs were featured on the BBC radio programmes As I Roved Out and Music on the Hearth and were released on the LP 'You Rambling Boys of Pleasure' by Topic Records in 1975.


One of his best known pieces was "Dobbin's Flowery Vale", which was adapted for the flute by Frankie Kennedy.



Róisín White has recently published, with the support and assistance of the Belfast Traditional Music and Dance Society, a tribute booklet  dedicated to Robert Cinnamond as well as a CD reissue of the LP 'You Rambling Boys of Pleasure'. This is accompanied by a second CD of current-day singers, singing songs from Robert’s repertoire. They will be launched at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy on Sunday 7th July in the afternoon.


Róisín  was brought up in a musical family, in the foothills of the Mourne mountains, county Down. The rural community was close-knit in the 1950s and 60s and house-visiting, storytelling and songs were a natural part of life there. Her mother sang constantly and passed on her love of all aspects of Irish culture to her family.


She spent her working life as a teacher of Irish language in Armagh City and was fortunate to have met, and spent time with many of the great songsters and collectors such as her good friend Sarah Anne O’ Neill,   Geordie Hanna, Joe Holmes and others.


Róisín has been singing and gathering songs all her life. She has travelled extensively throughout these islands and further afield, as guest singer  and workshop leader.


She was awarded the TG4 Gradam  ‘Amhránaí na Bliana’ Singer of the Year 2015.


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