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witch of westmoreland - ID lead singer

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Subject: witch of westmoreland
From: Tigger the Tiger
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:04 AM

I have just found a poor video of the Makem and Sain Brothers doing this song. Can anyone tell me who is this lead singer?


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: Will Fly
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:09 AM

Is this the video you mean?


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:22 AM

One of my favorite Archie Fisher songs.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: Tigger the Tiger
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:33 AM

Did you mean to leave a link?


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: maeve
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:36 AM

If you are referring to the link Will provided, it's a vigorous rendition but not particularly objectionable to my ears. It is, as stated on that video, the Makem and Spain Brothers' take on Stan Rogers' version so would be upbeat with a sprinkle of rowdy. I especially appreciate that these are the sons of Archie's old friends performing his song.

The title, however, is "The Witch of the Westmerelands". Here's Archie's singing of it: Archie Fisher- "The Witch of the Westmerelands" YouTube

In partial answer to the OP's question, here are the names of the group members, from their website- perhaps that will help:

"Makem Brothers, Shane, Conor and Rory, were born in Drogheda, County Louth, about an hour north of Dublin. They continue the lineage of one of Irish music's dynasties, begun by their grandmother Sarah Makem, who was sought after by song collectors for her store of traditional Irish songs. Their father is Tommy Makem, the modern day Bard of Armagh. Now considered an icon, he helped to bring Irish music out of the corner and into the international spotlight, where it has remained ever since.

The Spain Brothers, too, learned Irish songs at their father's knee. Mickey's rich, baritone voice and Liam's mastery of stringed instruments quickly found a home when the Makems met the Spains and the brothers realized the power of their combined talents."
From http://www.makem.com/bio/


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: maeve
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:38 AM

Tigger, Will did leave a link (the underlined "this"). Is that the video to which you referred?


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: nutty
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:43 AM

Barbara Dickson recorded a wonderful version of this and many other Archie Fisher songs. Check them out on Spotify.


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: Tigger the Tiger
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:44 AM

Thanks for the clarification on this link and the correction on the title. I was looking for recordings of Tommy Makem's sons,as I loved their father's voice. I will investigate their current work Thanks for the assistance.


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: maeve
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:46 AM

Have fun with the investigation, Tigger!


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland
From: Acorn4
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 04:03 PM

Stan Rogers did an upbeat versions as well.


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland - ID lead singer
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 04:31 PM

If you want to be pedantic about the title (and I do), it's "The Witch of the Westmerlands".


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Subject: RE: "The Witch of the Westmerlands"
From: maeve
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 06:02 PM

You are correct, Ross. My fingers inserted the third 'e'. I was more interested in assisting Tigger learn what he sought to know.

"The Witch of the Westmerlands" it is. We still don't know which Spain or Makem brother sang the lead in the linked video, but perhaps Tigger is content.


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland - ID lead singer
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 08:11 PM

Still not sure why it's represented that way. Sometimes it appears as West-mer-lands, sometimes as West Mer Lands. The location of the song is clearly the English Lake District. The current administrative district of Cumbria encompasses the old counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland.
I used to wonder if "West-Mer-Lands" was just the closest that somebody transcribing the lyrics for Folk-Legacy could get to, failing access to Archie, who had presumably moved on by the time the lyrics insert and LP-cover were being produced. Never got round to asking Archie himself, though he has once again been performing at Fylde in the last couple of years.
Always liked the "Man With A Rhyme" album because of the accompanists he brought in for some great arrangements - Wendy Grossman, Kathy Westra, Lani Herrmann, Ann Mayo Muir, Lorraine Lee.

Ross


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland - ID lead singer
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 11:14 PM

Rory Makem.


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland - ID lead singer
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 11:20 PM

Tigger, if you feel like coming on a Scottish/Irish Music cruise to the Caribbean next week, the Makem & Spain Brothers will be performing along with Archie Fisher (writer of the song), Jez Lowe, Tom Sweeney, Hanneke Cassel, Andy May, the Wolfe Tones, Máirtín de Cógáin, Harry O'Donoghue, Evans & Doherty, Ciaran Sheehan and myself
Check this out:here


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Subject: RE: witch of westmoreland - ID lead singer
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 11:23 PM

Oops! here


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