NB: All free downloads are for personal use only (still in copyright)

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December 2015:  Early ballads in Ireland 1968–1985, songs of the international genre in English, ed. Tom Munnelly and Hugh Shields, 1985, C90
Re-issued in 2015 on two CDs by Góilín Singers Club, Dublin ( )

new [freestockphotos_biz7 February 2015: Letter in French from Irish song collector Hugh Shields to Limousin singer and poet, Professor Jean Mouzat, July 1972, describing Hugh’s recent song-collecting activities in the Corrèze region of France

8 May 2014:  Sound recordings— Chants corréziens—French folk songs from Corrèze  Sound files have now been included for the songs and may be listened to on this site

new [freestockphotos_biz6 April 2014:  Shamrock Rose and Thistle 2–3, folk singing in North Derry, recorded & ed. by Hugh Shields, 1982, 2xC60

SRT coverThese songs can now be heard on line as part of a new ‘mini microsite’ hosted by ITMA: Hugh Shields’s classic 1981 volume Shamrock, Rose & Thistle: Folk Singing in North Derry, with its related sound recordings, photographs, song-text transcriptions, pdf downloads and catalogue records. The site includes Hugh’s original field recordings of 74 songs from the Magilligan area of north Derry, photographs, song-text transcriptions, pdf downloads and catalogue records.

4 February 2013: image files for individual songs in Old Dublin Songs

2 October 2012: pdf versions  of the following booklets are now available:

Popular music in eighteenthth-century Dublin [ed. Hugh Shields]
See Contents for free pdf download.
A short bibliography of Irish folk song, by Hugh Shields pdf  here
A short discography of Irish folk music, by Nicholas Carolan pdf  here
Oliver Goldsmith and popular song, by Hugh Shields pdf  here
Sean-amhráin i gcló 1716–1855 [ed. Hugh Shields] pdf here

1 August 2012: All 33 issues of the FMSI newsletter  Ceol Tíre (1973–1989) are now available free in pdf format on this site.

1 May 2012: Chants corréziens: French folk songs from Corrèze, edited by Hugh Shields, 1994. Pdf of the booklet (words and music) now available here 

21 April 2012: Old Dublin songs, edited by Hugh Shields, Dublin: FMSI, 1988
Now available here

The latest FMSI publication was

Carolan, Nicholas, edNeal 1724 2nd facsimile ed by N Carolan., A collection of the most celebrated Irish tunes proper for the violin, German flute or hautboy, by John & William Neal, Dublin [1724], 2nd (enlarged) facsimile edition, Dublin: Irish Traditional Music Archive in association with FMSI, 2010 (1st facsimile edition published Dublin: FMSI, 1986) Contents.  The 49 tunes in the book are now available on line at ITMA as interactive music scores

More info at the ITMA  shop