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Edward Bunting.

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Edward Bunting.
 
(1773-1843)

Bunting was born in County Armagh, he became an apprentice organist in Belfast at the early age of eleven, and lived with the family of Henry Joy McCracken.

In 1792 the Belfast Harp Festival was organized, it was realized that much of Irelands traditional music would die out if it were not recorded. Bunting was employed to note down the tunes as they were played.

Later he set out on a several tour of Ulster and Connacht, collecting further specimens of Irish music. His general collection of Irish music was published in 1796, he later added to his collection and published several more. Today his books are an important source of Irish music, and have influences many famous people such as Henry Moore and Robert Emmet.

 
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