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New book release from Jimmy Crowley - Songs From The Beautiful City

Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads will be launched by Jimmy, Mick Moloney and friends at the Cork City Library on Friday 15 May. It is at once an ethnography and an autobiography. It proclaims the true history of the people of Cork City through their only resource of expression: the humble ballad. It is also the story of Jimmy Crowley’s own long-standing romance with Cork ballads.

The songs have been arranged in generic chapters like: The Sporting Muse: The Sound of History; Comic Songs, Children’s Songs, Portraits (of much-loved Cork people), Emigration, Political, Didactic and Nationalist Songs, etc.

This unique collection includes music notation to all songs as well as associated photographs with an extended, engaging preamble loosely based on his long-running weekly ballad column on the Cork Evening Echo.

Jimmy is also planning a UK tour in October 2016. He still has some dates left in his diary, so anyone interested should contact him via

For more info see: Jimmy's website