The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #49515 Message #927484
Posted By: GUEST,celtaddict
06-Apr-03 - 07:16 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Plastic Paddy (Eric Bogle)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Plastic Paddy (Eric Bogle)
Eric Bogle dedicated this song to Danny O'Flaherty, who is most definitively NOT a "plastic Paddy" but who owns and sings at O'Flaherty's in New Orleans. (As Eric points out, he is a Scot from Australia in an Irish pub in the French Quarter in the U.S.) Danny O is from Connemara, grew up speaking Gaelic, and is known for his intensity and passion about his homeland and its music, to the point that he has offended on occasion musicians and customers alike with his zeal about what is "real." The one song that is positively verboten at O'Flaherty's is "Danny Boy" and when visitors (it is after all a tourist town) request it, the regulars are quick to tip them off. Of course even a musician of prodigious talent and endless zeal still has to pay his bills so he, like many others, sings a mix of the truly traditional (often in Gaelic), the contemporary, original tradition-based songs, and of course the ones the patrons pay to sing along with. Besides "Mirrors" Eric also recorded it on "LIVE: i wrote this wee song" which is a 2-CD set available from his site and definitely a Desert Island Disk.