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Thread #108509 Message #2258449
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
10-Feb-08 - 11:08 AM
Thread Name: Because of.. I started to listen to...
Subject: RE: Because of.. I started to listen to...
Tin Pan Alley plastic shamrock-&-leprecaun songs (which is all there was in my neck of the woods in those days) - TO - The Clancy Brothers & similar bands
The Clancys & co (whom I still like & listen to) - TO - Unaccompanied traditional singers & later seán nos
It was always a matter of following and focusing. But the sentimental ballads and paddywhackery were what first attracted my notice of "Irish" as a musical identity (well, I was just a little kid...)
FWIW it also inspired me to pick out tunes on the piano and even make up my own little jigs. It was a black day for my long-suffering mother when I worked out The Irish Washerwoman - she was then treated to a non-stop diet of it, relieved only by enthusiastic bursts of the Dragnet theme (which I thought was really cool) and DaVEEEEE, Daveee Crockett...