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Ireland's Favourite Folk Song

Iains 03 May 19 - 07:50 AM
GUEST,HiLo 03 May 19 - 10:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Iains
Date: 03 May 19 - 07:50 AM

Having just seen the shortlist, how many are actually folk songs sensu stricto?
On Raglan Road
Green Fields of France
Rainy Night in Soho
The Foggy Dew
The Town I Loved So Well
Óró Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile
Danny Boy
The Parting Glass
The Rocky Road to Dublin
A Woman's Heart


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 03 May 19 - 10:13 AM

Isn't The Parting Glass actually a Scottish song?


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 03 May 19 - 10:26 AM

probably - its about a bloke who's hoovered up all the drink. but now its his round so he bids you all goodnight.


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 May 19 - 10:37 AM

When I was in Ireland everybody sang Red is the Rose but laughed at any of our requests, all too old apparently.


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 May 19 - 01:56 PM

Bob Roberts' "Foggy Dew"? Ha-ha Guest, but not, to be sure, to be sure!
Better than Peter Pears, anyhow!


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Iains
Date: 03 May 19 - 02:25 PM

Do you think the parting glass was half empty or half full?


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST,Connie O'Hayden
Date: 03 May 19 - 03:04 PM

https://youtu.be/uvsvPidMLT8


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Thompson
Date: 06 May 19 - 03:30 AM

The version of The Foggy Dew they've chosen puts my teeth right on edge, because the singer has changed the words to suit himself. Did I really hear "perfidious Avion"?


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 May 19 - 05:06 AM

could it be perfidious avon , in honour of avon reps


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 06 May 19 - 08:49 AM

"...puts my teeth right on edge, because the singer has changed the words to suit himself... "

Isn't that what traditional singers do - sometimes consciously, more often not? As a quick example, just think of "Off to Dublin in the Green" - a rewrite of a British Army recruiting song!

In the end, of course, it's the listeners who decide what survives...

Regards


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 06 May 19 - 10:13 AM

I sang 'Foggy Dew' last night at our local singing session
I love the puzzled expression on people's faces when you introduce the song and apparently proceed to singing something totally different
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 06 May 19 - 10:26 AM

Indeed, Jim! I get good value out of announcing that I’m going to sing “The Fields of Athenry” - and launch into (my version of) the song John Flanagan wrote as a response to the original!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Niamh Bird
Date: 07 May 19 - 07:42 AM

Interesting thread – though goes off topic....Song for Ireland was made famous in Ireland by the great Mary Black, and it’s sung quite a lot – still…. Generally it’s not known it was written by an English man….
And in The Foggy Dew (great rendition by Daoirí Farrell), the verse he sings mentions Perfidious Albion - Daoirí would never, ever change the words to suit himself, he has too much respect for the tradition....


oh the night fell black and the rifle's crack
made perfidious Albion reel
mid the leaded rail seven tongues of flame
did shine o're the lines of steel
by each shining blade a prayer was said
that to Ireland her sons be true
when the morning broke still the war flag shook
out its fold on the foggy dew


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST
Date: 08 May 19 - 08:58 AM

Do we understand that the 'Foggy Dew' is Ireland's favourite folk song'?


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 08 May 19 - 09:05 AM

'Do we understand that the 'Foggy Dew' is Ireland's favourite folk song'?'

I am not sure we understand the whole thing at all. What I do know is that the voting process is still in progress. But I say that without having followed much of it at all.



Ireland's Favourite Folksong


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: Stringsinger
Date: 08 May 19 - 12:10 PM

I'll vote for My Lagan Love or The Lark in the Clear Air. Also She Moved Through the Fair. (I dig mixolydian.) O'Carolan is high on my list too.

Can there be a favorite song elected by the Irish people? I would tend to doubt it.

There are so many beautiful Irish songs that it would be like trying to pick out the most beautiful looking person in the world.


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST,guest of 09.05 today
Date: 08 May 19 - 12:18 PM

I think the whole thing is crazy but still curious- when is the final result known- earlier posts are not clear at all...


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 08 May 19 - 01:47 PM

From the website:

'Voting closes at 6pm on 27th May. The folk song selected by you as Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song will be announced live on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One Television on 31st May. Between now and then: happy listening!'


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Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
From: GUEST
Date: 14 May 19 - 12:08 PM

Ryan Tubridy is going to announce "Ireland's Favourite Folk Song" ??!!

Things just got dramatically worse.


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