Roisín has arranged the production of a double CD. The first is a re-release of Robert’s recordings with a new accompanying booklet. The second CD is a new recording of Robert's songs sung by contemporary northern singers.
Tribute to Robert Cinnamond, Antrim Singer
Traditional singer Roisín White has produced a tribute to this unique singer. Though he died in 1968, his legacy lives on in the wonderful wealth of songs he collected and sang and the singers who sing them today.
Robert Cinnamond was an Irish traditional singer and collector of songs. He was born in Tullyballydonnell, Ballinderry, County Antrim, Ireland. Along with his siblings he attended the nearby school located at the front of St. Mary's chapel, Tullyballydonnell. He married Elizabeth Murphy in 1913 - she died in 1936 giving birth to their ninth child.
He was a founding chairman of St. Joseph's Gaelic Football club.
Due to the hundreds of songs he had in his
repertoire he was interviewed several times by both BBC and RTE. He was interviewed by Seán Ó Boyle as part of the field recording venture carried out in Ireland by the BBC between 1952 and 1957. Cinnamond provided 70 songs for the field researchers. A number of these songs were featured on the BBC radio programmes As I Roved Out and Music on the Hearth and were released on the cassette You Rambling Boys of Pleasure.
One of his best known pieces was "Dobbin's Flowery Vale", which was adapted for the flute by Frankie