There are many songs and recitations written about Carlow and its hinterland; many streams of poetry, song and story flow into the Carlow oral tradition, hence the title “FromCarlow Streams’ (Ó Sruthanna Ceatharlach) for this new website. Many local writers and composers feed into the cultural streams.
The purpose of the project, ‘From Carlow Streams’, and the website is to collect, archive and connect the various collections on a dedicated and accessible website so anyone, anywhere in the world, can access this collection of the living, cultural tradition, an cultúr beo. Many pieces from that tradition have been lost but many survive, collected by various individuals around the area. This initiative is now attempting to collect and record this living culture into one, central site.
The website will record the texts and, where possible, the melody for the songs; also, where possible, the song will be recorded and a link to the recording will be available on the site. As well as the songs, recitations and poems about and by Carlow people will also be included. Where possible, the context for the piece will be included.