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Thread #72436 Message #1462905
Posted By: Big Tim
16-Apr-05 - 08:55 AM
Thread Name: Review: Ould Plaid Shawl - Songs of Francis Fahy
Subject: RE: Review: Ould Plaid Shaw - Songs of Francis Fahy
Good spot Jim! (Tho I'm not sure tautlogy is the right word, but I don't want an argument!) I hadn't thought of that, Fahy probably didn't either. He was a mirthful man and I'm sure would have enjoyed having it pointed out to him. (It was his most successful song, in terms of income).
It's not really a love song though. The inspiration/subject was a ten year old girl who turned up at one of Fahy's Gaelic League classes in London the 1880s. She was wearing, let's call it a Galway shawl, and that made Fahy nostalgic for Ireland, and so he wrote the song.
(Could someone at Mudcat please correct the word "Shaw" in the Thread title to "Shawl".