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Thread #82243   Message #1554582
Posted By: GUEST,eoin o'buadhaigh
02-Sep-05 - 06:26 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Reading above that Frank didn't have much time for orange songs (or did I pick that up the wrong way) I know is incorrect! A few years ago Frank phoned me and sang a song down the phone (as I'm sure he did with many folk) it was a song composed on 'Michael Stone'
He told me he contacted Michael Stone to inform him of the song and who he was etc etc. and received a reply from Michael Stone with another song that was of himself composed within the Maze Prison.
I asked Frank 'WHY?' what reason would you want to collect that type of song (not putting the song down) He replied that it may not be typical of a traditional ballad but in years to come it may well become so (as it no doubt will go through the metamorphic changes that all songs go through)I gave Frank a few orange songs that I have in my own collection and Frank sang a few back to me. He always said that no matter what side the song came from - it was Irish and told part of our history, and should not be discarded.
So that is why I don't agree to the above . . .sorry!
cheers eoin