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Thread #49761   Message #1152315
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
01-Apr-04 - 05:57 PM
Thread Name: Whiskey in the Jar
Subject: RE: Whiskey in the Jar
Francesco, there are a baker's dozen (and more) of these old songs from the late 18th and first half of the 19th c. about a young man on the scamp and his blowen. Someone, probably a music hall singer, added the nonsense chorus for interest and to get the crowd involved. We know that in a Glasgow music hall, the 'Whisky' chorus was popular in the 1850s; see thread 3116: Whisky in the Jar
Another of these songs is "Newry Highwayman" - "Wild and Wicked Youth" - Jolly Blade" - etc. See threads 21558, 68402 and others.
Thread 21558: Newry
Thread 68402: Jolly Blade
Picked up in the music halls, these songs went to all the lands occupied or traded with by Great Britain.

On the scamp- making a living as a highwayman, etc.
Blowen- the whore or mistress of a thief or highwayman.