The celebrated Tyrone traditional singer Sarah Ann O'Neill performs 'The Factory Girl'.
Renowned traditional music singer and song collector Sarah Ann O’Neill is from Derrytresk in County Tyrone, close to the shores of Lough Neagh. In 1974, along with her brother the acclaimed singer Geordie Hanna, she released her first recording ‘Songs from a Lough Shore Family’.
Surrounded by a rapt audience, Sarah Ann O'Neill performs ‘The Factory Girl’, a traditional song which begins,
As I went out walking one fine summers morning.
The song’s lyrics tell the tale of a young man’s attempt to win the heart of a hard-working factory girl. She resists his advances and the song ends with the spurned man wandering away to mourn the loss of his factory girl.
'The Mountain Lark' was a traditional music, song and dance programme produced in conjunction with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. It was presented by singer Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich from Cultúrlann na hÉireann, the Comhaltas headquarters in Monkstown, County Dublin. The first episode, a special on Galway musicians and dancers, was broadcast on 29 April 1985. 'The Mountain Lark' ran for four series, finishing on 23 December 1987.
This episode of ‘The Mountain Lark’ was broadcast on 5 November 1987.