Herbert Hughes (1882 - 1937):
Collector of songs
Herbert Hughes was born in Belfast and became the first organist at St Peter's Church, Antrim Road, when he was still a boy. He made his first of many trips to Donegal in 1899 to collect traditional songs. He met Padraic Colum on one of these expeditions and Colum translated from the Irish many of the songs which Hughes collected. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London. 'The Star of the County Down', 'I Know Where I'm Going', 'The Next Market Day' and 'She Moved Through the Fair' were all songs collected and adapted by Colum and set to airs collected and arranged by Hughes. Herbert Hughes lived in England for some years and died in Brighton. His collection of folk-song arrangements is famous.