The JSTOR digital archive has many articles from relevant journals, such as Béaloideas and the Folk Music Journal.
The following articles are recommended for this class:
Breandán Ó Madagáin. 'Functions of Irish Song in the Nineteenth Century. Béaloideas, Iml. 53 (1985), pp. 130-216
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20522261
A. Martin Freeman. 'An Irish concert.' Journal of the Folk-Song Society
Vol. 6, No. 23 (Jan., 1920), pp. xxi-xxvii
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4434079
Books on Irish songs may be in the music, Irish language and literature, or folklore areas of the Library, and each area is worth visiting. The Special Collections Department also houses many books on Irish music and song. Use the Library catalog to find books.
The following books are on reserve (i.e. may be borrowed for a short time from the Library's main circulation desk).
Hugh Shields: Narrative Singing in Ireland ML 3654 .S54 1993
Sean Williams and Lillis Ó Laoire: Bright Star of the West; Joe Heaney, Irish Song
V.S. Blankenhorn; Irish Song-Craft and Metrical Practice since 1600