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Thread #12294   Message #1776824
Posted By: Big Tim
05-Jul-06 - 01:43 PM
Thread Name: Origin: The Old Triangle
Subject: RE: Origins: 'The Old Triangle' Song
I'm sure it was agreed on another thread that the tune was a slowed down version of 'Galway Shawl'. I think Martin Ryan pointed that out.

Re Dominic as the composer; possible but unlikely. Maybe it was a missprint on the record! What date was that recording vectis? There was a dood deal of sibling rivalry between the Behan brothers; for example, Brian claimed to have originated 'McAlpine's Fusiliers'.

It would be interesting to know in what year 'Old Triangle' was inserted into the play, which Brendan began writing while in Mountjoy in 1945, when Dom was still very young. (The title 'Quare Fellow' was provided by Alan Simpson and/or his wife Carolyn Swift, directors of the Pike Theatre where the play was first performed. When Swift told Behan that the play would only be produced under the title of 'Quare Fellow', Behan replied, 'for £30, you can call it the 'Brothers Fucking Karamazov' if you want'. The original title was 'Casadh Sugáin Eile - the Twisting of Another Rope' (execution rope, get it!)