Books and booklets

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* indicates items still in print

( Some of the free pdfs mentioned may also be viewed as individual jpeg pages on the ITMA digital collections site ).

*John & William Neal, A collection of the most celebrated Irish tunesproper for the violin, German flute or hautboy, Dublin [1724]2nd facsimile ed. with new introduction & notes by Nicholas Carolan, Dublin: Irish Traditional Music Archive in association with the Folk Music Society of Ireland, 2010. xiv, 118 pp. ISBN 9780953270439 (hbk) Contents
The first edition (Pbk, 1986) is out of print.  Only one copy of the original is known to exist.
The 49 tunes in the book are now available on line as interactive scores
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*Blas:the local accent in Irish traditional music, Ed. Thérèse Smith, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin et al. [selected proceedings from ‘ The Local Accent Conference’, University of Limerick, November 1995]  Contents 
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Old Dublin songs, ed. Hugh Shields (1988, out of print). ISBN 0-905733-04-5  See Contents for free pdf

A short discography of Irish folk music, by Nicholas Carolan (1987)    Download free PDF

Ballad research. The stranger in ballad narrative and other topics. Papers read at the European Ballad Conference. Dublin 1985, ed. Hugh Shields, 297 pp. (1986).  ISBN 0-905733-029  Contents  
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A collection of the most celebrated Irish tunes proper for the violin, German flute or hautboy, by John & William Neal, Dublin [1724], ed. Nicholas Carolan, 1st facsimile edition (1986, out of print, see 2nd edition, 2010, above).

Scéalamhráin Cheilteacha [Narrative songs in the Celtic languages]. Baile Átha Cliath, An Clóchomhar Tta, 1985, book (82pp, out of print)  audio cassette  Contents

Popular music in 18th-century Dublin (articles by Brian Boydell, Breandán Breathnach,  Nicholas Carolan and Hugh Shields, 1985, out of print) See Contents for free pdf download.

A short bibliography of Irish folk song by Hugh Shields, 1985, 2nd impression 1987  Download free PDF

Oliver Goldsmith and popular song by Hugh Shields (out of print): Booklet reprint of an essay of the same title by the author in the Trinity College Dublin journal Long Room nos 26–27 (spring–autumn 1983)  Download free PDF

Sean-amhráin i gcló 17161855, [ed. Hugh Shields] (out of print),  1984.
Booklet of song facsimiles produced for a day-seminar of the Society: ‘Amhránaíocht agus Amhráin i nGaeilge’ (singing and songs in the Irish language) which was held in 15 Henrietta St, Dublin 1, on 5 May 1984 (see report in Ceol Tíre 26). Download free PDF