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Category: Classic Irish Songs

Voices Part II – Today’s The day

Carrying on from my previous post, here are some other rock songs which deal with the issue of the deaths of close friends/contemporaries and the passing way of close family members.

Will begin with two songs from recent albums by Kevin Hewick, which included fine tributes to close associates of his like Tony Wilson of Factory fame and that much under-rated songwriter, Jackie Leven.

The first is ‘Fac501’:

A sample can be heard here at https://pro.beatport.com/track/fac-501-original-mix/3488421

Next up is ‘A Young Man’s Dream of Revolution’ from his excellent Heat of Molten Diamonds cd:

That album also features the excellent song, ‘Elegy For Jackie Leven’, but there doesn’t seem to be even a sample of it available on the net.

To conclude this post, here are some of my favourite songs dealing directly with the death of a parent.

Will begin with Lucy Kaplansky’s beautiful song about her dad:

and follow it with Guy Clark’s beautifully crafted song about his father, ‘The Randal Knife – another song which proves his mastery of the ‘story’ song;

Will conclude for today with Johnny Duhan’s superb, ‘The River Returning”;

A sample can be heard here at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GOAPI8/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

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7 Drunken Nights Gave Me The Blues

Had a strange experience yesterday – was listening to a Sonny Boy Williamson compilation cd I bought recently and heard a song which sounded remarkably familiar. It was one of those instances where you spend some time trying to remember exactly where you had heard that song (or one very similar to it) before – and then it hit me. The song I was thinking of was The Dubliners ‘Seven Drunken Nights’.

But to retrace our steps. Here is the Sonny Boy Williamson song, ‘Wake Up Baby’:

and here is The Dubliners:

The Dubliners’ song itself is based on an earlier Irish language song called ‘Peigín agus Peadar’, which they learned from the great Irish singer, Joe Heaney. Heaney’s version of it can be heard here:

http://www.joeheaney.org/default.asp?contentID=991

The song probably made the journey from Connemara to the USA with the Irish emigrants who travelled there. How it ended up in Sonny Boy Williamson’s repertoire I can only guess, although Leadbelly’s version of ‘Stewball’ was also based on an Irish original:

Here is a great version of that original, ‘The Plains of Kildare’ by Andy Irvine and Paul Brady:

‘Will You Come to The Bower?’

For the day that is in it, The Dubliners great version of my favourite rebel song (it is also where Shane McGowan found the title of ‘The Broad Majestic Shannon’):

Surnames and Placenames: More Songs about Cities, Towns & People

I know I said the last one was the ‘final’ themed post, but due to widespread popular apathy, have decided to add another.

1. Will start with The Blasters< 'Marie, Marie":

2. Dave Alvin, 'Gary Indiana 1959":

3. Orange Juice, 'Felicity":

Living in Australia, had to include a few Sheila's
4. Eric Andersen, 'Shelia':

5. The Smiths, 'Sheila, Take a Bow':

6. Kevin Coyne, "Marlene":

7. Elton John, 'Daniel': Can take or leave a lot of Elton John's music, but have always liked this:

8. Gilbert O'Sullivan, 'Claire": Classic pop from the best Paul McCartney wannabe:

9. The Beatles, 'Julia":

10. Bob Dylan, 'To Ramona":

11. Paul Clayton, 'Geordie'
Sample here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Geordie-Georgie/dp/B001HCL5ZE

12. Chuck Berry, 'Memphis, Tennessee':

13. Johnny Duhan, 'Molly':
Sample here: .amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B0012E4AIQ?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Johnny Duhan&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

14. Ralph McTell, 'From Clare to Here':

15. Sean Keane, 'From Galway to Graceland":

16, Randy Newman, 'Marie':

17. Randy Newman, 'Baltimore":

‘On the Road…again’: a Theme-Time 30 minutes – Part 2

Of course, after finishing the first post, I began to think of a large number of other songs that included the word ‘road’ in the title.

Hopefully, these are some of the best of those

1. Jonathan Richman, “Roadrunner”

2. Ray Charles, ‘Hit the Road Jack”

3. Johnny Cash, ‘Wide Open Road”

4. Robert Earl Keen ‘The Road goes on forever’

5. Luke Kelly, ‘Raglan Road”:

6. Mary Gauthier, ‘Same Road”:

6. Eric Andersen, ‘Today is the Highway’:

7. Schubert, ‘Der Wegweiser (‘The Signpost’) Fischer-Dieskau/Billing:

8. June Tabor, ‘The Turn of the Road’:

10 Irish Classics – Part 2

Having noticed that my first list did not include any Planxty (the Irish ‘”Beatles’, as they have been described), decided I would remedy this by drawing up an alternate list.

It could, of course, have been made up entirely of tracks from Planxty’s classic first album (the ‘Black’ album), but thought this would be unfair to other artists. So will start this list with a classic performance of the “Raggle Taggle Gypsy-o’ from the early 1970s.

1. Planxty ‘Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-O’

2. The Pogues ‘White City’ – a song where Shane McGowan proves that great poetry can be made from the demolition of a greyhound track:

3. Johnny Duhan, ‘In Our Father’s Name” – fine song from an underestimated songwriter:

4. Paul Brady ‘I am a Youth that’s inclined to Ramble” -Before Paul Brady became a so-so MOR songwriter, he was a great folksinger:

5. Dolores Keane John Faulkner – ‘The Bonnie Light Horseman’ – a great, great song:

6. David Kitt ‘You Know what I want to Know’ – By far the best of the new Irish songwriters who emerged in the 1990s/ early 2000s:

7. Sinead O’Connor ‘I am stretched on your Grave’: Saw her sing this with Christy Moore once…

8. The Blades ‘Revelations of Heartbreak” – Paul Cleary one of the finest Irish songwriters of modern times. Discuss..

9. Micheál O’Domhnaill & Kevin Burke ‘Lord Franklin”: the definitive version…

10. Joe Heaney ‘Amhrán na Páise’; Can’t have enough Joe Heaney: