The Song Lore of Ireland: Erin’s Story in Music and Verse

by Redfern Mason


Born in Manchester, England in 1867, Redfern (James) Mason enjoyed a life deeply immersed in music. He emigrated to the United States and worked as a music critic for the San Francisco Examiner and the Boston Evening Transcript. His papers, which include correspondence with friends, family and musicians, are held at the Bancroft Library at University of California-Berkeley.

This work, The Song Lore of Ireland, originally published in 1911, is his only known book. Of it, Mason wrote, “The more the songs of Ireland are understood–the story they tell, the conditions which gave them birth, the nature of the Gaelic music and the manner of its preservation–the better the Irish genius will be appreciated…”

This edition is dedicated to Elizabeth Helm, tireless worker for the arts and for their place in society, ever helpful.