Transmission

Len Graham is one of the most influential traditional singers in Ireland. He is the recipient of many awards and accolades, and his recordings have influenced many of the leading singers and traditional bands throughout Ireland who are singing and recording songs they learned from him. His versions of songs are highly regarded and sought after.

Len Graham collected songs in the field, but his finished recordings are the result of intensive research, restoration work and editing from numerous different versions and archival collections to create a complete version.

He was collecting songs from the 1960s onwards from many of the finest older singers in Ireland, including Joe Holmes, Eddie Bhutcher, Sarah and Geordie Hanna and many many other lesser known singers. He visited them in their homes, got to know them and shared songs with them and became their lifelong friends.

Some of the recordings he made were published on the Harvest Home Series (Arts Council Northern Ireland 1993) and his major publication Joe Holmes - Songs of an Ulsterman (Four Courts Press 2015) He was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland funding in 2019 to collaborate on the editing of his full collection for Irish Traditional Music Archives in Dublin which will feature as The Len Graham Collection on its website.

You can listen below to a small selection of musicians who have recorded and performed songs from Len below.

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SongPerformerListenNote
The Hare's LamentYe Vagabonds
The Lass of GlensheeAltan
Farewell BallymoneyAndy Irvine
Farewell BallymoneyRita Gallagher, Julie FowlisAs 'Going to Mass Last Sunday'
Farewell BallymoneyAt First LightAs 'Courting is a Pleasure'
The Ballyronan MaidMary Dillon
The Ballyronan MaidThe London Lasses
My Parents Raise me TenderlyJohn Doyle
My Parents Raise me TenderlyBua
Pretty SusanSkylark
Pretty SusanThe Irish Rovers
The Rambling IrishmanDolores Keane, De Dannan
The Rambling IrishmanDervish
The Rambling IrishmanCherish the Ladies
The Rambling IrishmanNiall Hanna
The Rambling IrishmanDick GaughanAs 'Lough Erne Shore'
True Lover JohnLen Graham, Malinky
Westlin WindsThe Voice Squad
Wheels of the WorldJohn Doyle
Ye Rambling Boys of PleasurePlanxty
Ye Rambling Boys of PleasureAndy Irvine