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Subject: Wexford Carol - Grattan Ford or Grattan Flood?
From: Terry O'Neill <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Irish Traditional Music List <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 7 Nov 2010 08:52:42 -0500

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Hello Listers
This is a little outside of "the jigs and reels," but I'm hoping  
someone can confirm my suspicions. I'm researching the history of "The  
Wexford Carol" and it seems that the Wikipedia article on the song may  
contain errors - which have spread to many other online sources.  
(Yeah, I know, seems preposterous!) Wikipedia credits a "William  
Grattan Ford ( 1859 -1928).. organist and musical director at St.  
Aidanís Cathedral in Enniscorthy" with transcribing the song from a  
local singer, eventually placing it in the Oxford Book of Christmas  
Carols.  As far as I can tell, the man in question is William Grattan  
Flood, whose contributions to the history of Irish Music are  
enormous , and who served as organist at St. Aidan's in 1895.  Can  
anyone confirm this?
Terry O'Neill

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