"Arthur McBride" (also called "Arthur McBride and the Sergeant") is a folk song found in Ireland, Scotland and England with slight variations. The song can be narrowly categorized as an "anti-recruiting" song, a specific form of anti-war song, and more broadly as a protest song.
Reportedly, it was first collected around 1840 in Limerick by Patrick Weston Joyce; also in Donegal by George Petrie. The roots of this song, however, likely link back to the 17th century, given Ireland's involvement… read more
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