Where? – 15 – Places that Inspired Songs

The next two weeks of Discovering Where are inspired by music, because the landscape and places of the British Isles have themselves inspired tonnes of music over the years.

This week it’s songs and next week instrumental music.

I’ve had a lot of fun putting this one together and I’ve had a few cross-curricula ideas too.  So, I’ll email out a sheet of notes to subscribers.  (Form is in the side-bar if you want to sign up.)

As usual, print out a blank outline map.  You can use the one below.

The best way to learn where things are is to put them on a map, but if I just give you a completed map, that won’t help much, so grab a blank map and a pencil, and find somebody for a bit of competition.

For each of the songs I’ve given you a youtube link.  I’ve tried to pick versions that show something of the landscape or place that is in the song, so some of them have good location clues.  One even has a map!

I’ve watched the videos and checked the lyrics so you should be good to go on these.  There are a couple of others that didn’t make the cut for various reasons, which I will mention in the notes so that you can check them out for yourself.

So listen to the songs, watch the videos and guess the location on your map by putting a small circle where you think it is and writing the name next to the circle.

  1. Are You Right There Michael – West Clare, Ireland
  2. Dirty Old Town – Salford
  3. Ferry Across the Mersey
  4. It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
  5. Loch Lomond
  6. Manchester Rambler
  7. Molly Malone – Dublin
  8. Mull of Kintyre
  9. On Ilkla Moor Baht’At – Ilkley Moor
  10. Skye Boat Song
  11. Solsbury Hill
  12. Sunshine on Leith
  13. Taking a Trip up to Abergavenny
  14. The Fields of Athenry
  15. The Rose of Tralee

When you are ready, scroll down, past my pictures of Skye, to find the answers.  If you are having a competition, then 2 points if your spot touches mine.  If everyone is way out, then the nearest gets 1 point.

Finally check your inbox for a map with all the dots in roughly the right place, ready for labelling, which I’ll send with the cross-curricula notes.