“The Ould Lammas Fair”


"At the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle long ago, I met a little colleen who set my heart aglow." He recalls the girl even while looking at the lasses of Flanders. Now he is glad to be at home with her, playing the fiddle and recalling the fair


The reference to courting Flemish girls could date this to several wars, but the reference to "resting from the war," and the fact that the soldiers spent much time there, clearly implies a World War I date. As one would expect of a song composed during Sam Henry's collecting days. - RBW


  1. SHenry H101, pp. 275-276, "The Ould Lammas Fair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9051
  3. BI, HHH101


Author: John Henry Macaulay
Earliest date: 1925 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland