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Info wanted on song 'Grandfather Brian'

Tradsinger 30 Aug 14 - 06:15 AM
GUEST,# 30 Aug 14 - 08:56 AM
Tradsinger 30 Aug 14 - 09:12 AM
GUEST,# 30 Aug 14 - 12:16 PM
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Subject: Info wanted on song 'Grandfather Brian'
From: Tradsinger
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 06:15 AM

Does anyone know any more about this song - it's called Grandfather Brian and there is a set of words here. .

I recorded a chap singing a version of it in Gloucestershire but the webpage suggests it is American in origin. Has anyone else come across it?

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Info wanted on song 'Grandfather Brian'
From: GUEST,#
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 08:56 AM

http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/29/grandfather.htm

Worth a look.


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Subject: RE: Info wanted on song 'Grandfather Brian'
From: Tradsinger
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 09:12 AM

Thank you, guest, whoever you are. So the song was written by the Newfoundland composer Johnny Burke [1851-1930]. Good. Surprising that it found its way to rural Gloucestershire. I wonder if anyone recorded it on a 78?

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Info wanted on song 'Grandfather Brian'
From: GUEST,#
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 12:16 PM

You're welcome, Tradsinger. IMO, the GEST site should be declared a national treasure.

I can't find a recording or lead sheet for the song but I will look further and get back here one way or other.


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Subject: RE: Info wanted on song 'Grandfather Brian'
From: GUEST,#
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 03:57 PM

http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/22/bryan.htm

Another worth a look. GEST again.


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Subject: RE: Info wanted on song 'Grandfather Brian'
From: GUEST,#
Date: 31 Aug 14 - 10:44 AM

https://archive.org/stream/roseshamrockthis00newy#page/114/mode/2up

The lyrics appear on pp 114-5. I cannot determine what year "The Rose, Thistle and Shamrock" songbook was published originally.


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Subject: RE: Info wanted on song 'Grandfather Brian'
From: Tradsinger
Date: 31 Aug 14 - 01:38 PM

The title page says 1860, but was that the first printing? Very grateful for your help on this, which has enabled me to put a learned footnote to an on-line collection which is being prepared. I've probably got all I need on that song. Can I put some more your way?!

Tradsinger


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