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What song do you finish with?

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PARTING GLASS
WHEN FIRST WE MET


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Kara 16 Feb 01 - 10:36 PM
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Hobie 16 Feb 01 - 11:03 PM
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Clinton Hammond 16 Feb 01 - 11:25 PM
jaze 16 Feb 01 - 11:46 PM
reggie miles 17 Feb 01 - 02:53 AM
Mr Red 17 Feb 01 - 04:56 AM
Sarah the flute 17 Feb 01 - 07:32 AM
Hawker 17 Feb 01 - 08:56 AM
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Gervase 17 Feb 01 - 10:53 AM
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Subject: What song do you finish with?
From: Hawker
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 09:47 PM

Hi, I have just come home from a VERY LOUD musicains entertainment at our local pub (yes we did do a bit of after hours!) He described himself as folk with attitude - well er yes! Some was good some was bad some made me feel indifferent and all was LOUD, but he did get the whole pub to join in. He finished up with that nauseous old favourite "Show me the way to go home" and I say nauseous 'co usually if my old man has got to singing that he is..... and he was.....twice I had to stop the car on the way home (NO I don't drink & drive) anyway it got me thinking, we usually finish with 'The Farewell shanty@ at our gigs what do you people wind up your gigs with? Have a great weekend everybody, Love peace & Happiness!!!! Lucy


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Melani
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 09:57 PM

Which farewell chantey? We seem to be locked in to "Leave Her Johnny", though there have been some valient attempts in the past to try something different I guess it needs to be something with a repeating chorus, so people who don't know it can join in.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 10:18 PM

I like to finish to the "1812 Overture" myself. That sense of power and really stirring sounds with the.................uh............oh, I get it.........You mean at the end of a MUSICAL performance!.....Yeah, I got it now..............skip that 1812 thing..................forget I said anything........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: kendall
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 10:24 PM

I like to "finish up" with Bolero. I like to start with Bolero. For a gig, I often finish with Rolling Home. Or with something funny.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Tinker
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 10:31 PM

LOL, Spaw, I delivered my babies to the 1812, so I guess it really was finishing up! Definately Laughing out loud..

Tinker


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Kara
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 10:36 PM

I usually aim to end on " Farewell to Whiskey", but often find that half waythough a gig the set list goes out the window and we do what we like. Next moth I am playing a couple of dates with my great friends " Mary Hail and the willing Sinners" and I don't think we will even have a set list? As we see each other so rarley and know so many tunes together, we tend to practice the new ones before a gig , and then spend the evening saying " hey do you remenber that one that goes diddley diddely diddely di" at which every one starts playing. A set list can look a bit stupid with diddley di written all down it.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Uncle Jaque from Maine
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 10:48 PM

Depends....

At campfire circles at reenactments and the like, I traditionally like to wind up with "Amazing Grace". Most of us seem to know it, and it seems to invoke a certain blessing of peace as the fires burns low and we wend our way to the tents.

Now on the other hand if there is a sufficiency of ardent spirits going around and the young buckaroos have plenty of steam left, a Hymn is NOT what they want to hear, and chances are that the surrounding woods will be ringing to heroic verses of "Beer and Tobacco" and "One Ball Rielly" long after I have given up to exhaustion and crawled into my dog-tent for a couple hours of blissful coma before "Drummers' Call" is beat (@ about 0530)for us Musicians to take the field for the "Reville" ceremony.

I have been learning "Parting Glass" over the Winter, thanks largely to this Mudcat, and will probably be using that a lot more in the future - a'capella or on tin whistle or open-holed low-"G" walnut flute I made. A little less "spiritual", perhaps, but I play to and with all sorts of crowds, and it seems most approprite to some.

Another in the nautical vein which might be nice is "Fiddler's Green" - but I'd be hesitant to use it in a paying gig as it is of recent composition and not "public domain" as the preceeding two.

"So Long, It's Been Good t' Know Ya"... "Happy Trails" (Roy Rodgers)

Whoever that "Artist" was, if his performance inspired the audience to such gastric distress as you imply, one could only describe his music as "emetic". Of course, in some venues (England comes to mind), that could become immensely popular, I suppose. How should one end such a concert? Quickly, I would hope!


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Deckman
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 10:53 PM

Often, depending on the scene, I enjoy closing a concert with "Parting Glass." CHEERS, Bob (deckman) Nelson


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 10:54 PM

Don't do any gigs, but when I sing on PalTalk, it's kind of become traditional for me to close with Prairie Lullaby, depending on who is in there and how much I have been singing. It's been a while.

Parting Glass is really beautiful.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Hobie
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 11:03 PM

Auld lang Syne or parting glass.

Hobie


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Sarah2
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 11:05 PM

It depends entirely upon what we're playing during the gig: If it's general folk, we finish with "The Mary Ellen Carter" or "What You Do with What You've Got" or some such. Saint Patrick's we almost always wind up with "The Wearin' of the Green." Hogmanay or any Scottish celebration, well, there's a traditional "must sing," isn't there?

Sometimes it depends on the crowd, too. If they're older, I like to leave them with a song they remember from their own salad days, like "Sentimental Journey."

So I guess I have a clutch of "enders" and just pick the one that seems to fit the circumstance.

Sarah


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 11:13 PM

One that is just stunning that Art Thieme used on his CD, The Older I Get, The Better I Was, is "A Hnadful of Songs" by Jerry Rasmussen.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 11:25 PM

Ummm... let's see... some of them over the years...

Leave 'er Johnny
Sam Hall
Down The Road
Tomorrow Is Another Day
Sailors Rest
Rolling Home
Closing Time by Leonard Cohen
Mingulay Boat Song is a current favorite...

Just to name a few...

;-)


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: jaze
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 11:46 PM

Spaw, your really are shameless!


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Subject: Lyr Add: SONG ABOUT LIFE (Robert Oneman Johnson)
From: reggie miles
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 02:53 AM

They usually just stop me in mid song and tell me to get out while I still can cause they're locking up. I never seem to get a chance to do all the music I really enjoy in any given evening's performance. There's just not enough time. Of course my tendency of late to droll on and on between songs probably has a little something to do with my lack. One song comes to mind when I think of endings. It's called Song About Life written, as so much of what I perform is, by my very good friend Robert Oneman Johnson.

She's a rough one,
first it's there and then it's gone.
It's a tough one,
but you've got to keep on keepin' on.
Life's a treat if you don't weaken,
and let the bastards beat you down.
She's a rough one,
but she's the only one around.

I've got a secret,
I'm gonna share it here with you.
Have no regrets.
Just keep on doin' what you do.
Cuz if you're doin' what you want to,
when they finally lower you down,
it might've been a rough one
but she's the only one around.

Life is short and it's seldom sweet and it sometimes makes you mad.
But when it's gone you're gonna realize, it was the only chance you had.

So just enjoy it
and hope that the others like theirs too.
Don't destroy it,
cuz nothin's gained by feelin' blue.

If you're laughin' and you're gigglin',
about the way the world went round.
If you're doing what you want to,
when they finally lower you down.
And if you grin while all those bastards,
try their best to beat you down.
It might've been a rough one
but she's the only one around.
It might've been a tough one
but she's the only game in town.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Mr Red
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 04:56 AM

I like Wild Mountain Time for a climax. With pauses in the right places it can smutticize a lovely song.

It is such pretty song - or so I thought till one day I recorded the last song of the night. It was a crackin version of W M T. Hmmmmm. Next day I played back what was a bunch of alcos slurring through a durge.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 07:32 AM

Well it does depend on the event really doesn't it. The parting glass is a fav but with our singing trio we often do the Janet Russell one "All the tunes in the world" With the boys we do a fast irish medley culminating in Jennys Chickens. And if one needed a smutty (surely not) version of the Wild Mountain Time then I'm afraid the Kippers have that one covered with the infamous Wild Mounting Time !!!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FAREWELL SHANTY
From: Hawker
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 08:56 AM

It's really interesting to hear what you all end with....

Spaw, I knew someone wouldn't be able to resist the temptation to lower the tone - but as you have on that thread, it depends in what the music was at the start, how long the recording is and how passionate the experience!

Ho Hum...

Melani, THE FAREWELL SHANTY is...

It's time to go now
Haul away your anchor
Haul away your anchor
'Tis our sailing time

Put her sails upon her
Haul away your halyards
Haul away your halyards
'Tis our sailing time

Feel the seas run under
Haul away your foresheets
Haul away your foresheets
'Tis our sailing time

Set her on her course now
Haul away down channel
Haul away down channel
On the evening tide

When my days are over
Haul away to heaven
Haul away to heaven
Lord be by my side

Sorry, can't tell you who wrote it, may be in the database, haven't looked, sure someone out there can give credit where credit due?

Happy singing and fond farewells!
Lucy


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,mike putt@work again
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 09:07 AM

It depends on the crowd I like Parting glass but as I live in Limerick, Ireland it is often Sean South


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: JohnB
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 10:13 AM

Little get together things with fiends usually end up with John O Dreams or the sound of snoring depending on the time. Stage things with our group tend to be Adieu Sweet Amarylis, or Sing we and Chant it. OK so we have a strange group. JohnB


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Gervase
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 10:53 AM

Depends whether we're all maudlin drunk at the end or simply boisterous, but it's often permed from:
So Here's to You,
Rolling Home (the John Tams version),
Along the Road of Time (Dave Webber's song),
Wild Mountain Thyme,
Leave her Johnny,
Farewell Shanty,
Let Union Be,
Only Remembered,
Thousands or More,
Sleep on Beloved.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 12:40 PM

Either "Parting Glass," or John Renbourn's "Traveller's Prayer."


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 12:43 PM

Don't really know why, but we use Florida Blues. It's upbeat, and I go "talk" to the people on the next to last go round, while the "Boys" pick the lead......


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 01:30 PM

"Now is the Cool of the Day," is always asked for...but probably none of you know that, as it's one of mine. Sorry, don't mean to advertise! When I was little, the family always sang together on the porch in the summer, and we always, always finished the evening (Dad's way of telling us it was bedtime- he or Mom would start the song) with that old non-hymn, "Twilight A-Stealin "


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 01:38 PM

Oh ya... another one.. actually a pair of them I glued together... "The Ribbon/ The Queen Of Argyle"

good rockin' end to a good show!

;-)


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 07:14 PM

As Sarah suggested, All the Tunes in the World is a natural finisher. However, let's give credit to Ewan McVicar for the song rather than to Janet Russell.

Murray


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Hawker
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 07:37 PM

My Husband has just told me that Farewell shanty was discovered by the late Mervyn Vincent of St Issey, Padstow, Cornwall, in Plymouth Library whilst looking up old books about ships and sailing. It was either written in a book or a manuscript within the cover of the book. It is attributed as traditional, and was recorded by Johnny Collins on his album The Travellers Rest. According to the sleve notes on that record, Johnny collins learned it from Alan Molyneaux of Plymouth (Breakwater Folk Club?) It was always used to finish Mervyn's GREAT Stable Loft Folk Club at Wadebridge, Cornwall (sadly no longer in existence).............So there you have it - clever clogs my husband....unless you know otherwise.........

Lucy


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,SUsan-Marie
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 09:57 PM

We've been finishing with A Dram to Warm the Piper (Danny Carnahan) because we're so sick of Parting Glass. Now that it's getting warmer ("Dram" is a winter song) I'm thinking of teaching the band Ae Fond Kiss. I'd love to find something more uptempo, though.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 12:20 AM

"Tak A Dram Before You Go"

or

"Time, Gentlemen, Time" .....are nice finishes


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Les B
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 12:47 AM

Checking back on some set lists I find

"Blue Shadows"

Medley - "Will the Circle Be Unbroken/ I am a Pilgrim"

"My Home's In Montana"

"Hard Times"

"Night Rider's Lament"

"Happy Trails"

and of course "Goodnight Irene"


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 01:16 AM

A good one, along the lines of the Farewell Shanty is Solid Fas. It's in the DT at:

Solid Fas


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 01:59 AM

kytrad, is your "Now Is The Cool Of The Day" the one Jean Ritchie has recorded on her "Sweet Rivers Of Song" LP?


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 02:01 AM

Of course, Big Daddy. Jean Ritchie is kytrad.......(saved her from saying that, huh?)


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Deni
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 05:59 AM

Love all the ideas for parting songs. Sleep On Beloved would seem the most final one, what with it being a Victorian funeral hymn and all. I reckon that takes the trophy, Gervase! (Although it is an incredibly beautiful song.)

Devon Deni


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 06:24 AM

Sarah the Flute. - I did try my pausious W M T on the Somers TFC years ago in response to their laughing at my meanigful, serious first attempt at songwritng which they laughed at. (all together AHHH) They didn't spot a thing! I resolved thereafter to write with a banana skin. You know what? It works. As the Kippers knew only too well. Norfolk and Good.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: John P
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 08:07 AM

We finish with something that is high-energy or intense, and that seems to cap off the feeling we have been creating throughout both the set and the evening as a whole. We tend to go for musical intensity rather than "goodbye, we're leaving" kind of words. This sort of thing is dependant on the arrangement rather than the song itself, but here are some we've been using:
Hangman
The Two Ravens
Trois Pelerins/La Rotta
The True Lover's Farewell/The Apes of Hell
Nottamun Town
The Sprig of Thyme

More cynically, we finish with whatever song we currently think will be most likely to cause people to come up and buy a CD.

John Peekstok


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: mkebenn
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 08:13 AM

"Patriot Game","Runaway train", "Bo Jangles"," The L&N don't stop here anymore"(plug, plug, kyt) Mike


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 08:29 AM

We always try to end with something bright and energetic. It has to be something the audience will sing along with. Essentially we want them to be singin it as they walk out the door. That way the performance stays with them on their drive home.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 11:24 AM

James Keelaghan's "WHO DIES" is great for that!! and it's hillarious, seeing people catching themselves singing it on the way out the door!

LOL!!


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 03:51 PM

Up at Whitby folk week in the Tap and Spile and anywhere the same crowd congregate we finish with John Tams' Rolling Home, standing on chairs and linking hands for each chorus. This became a bit difficult on one occasion when we were gathered at the Jug in Chapel Haddlsey as the ceiling there is quite low and there are jugs hung from it so we hit on the idea of going down on our knees for the verses and then standing up for the choruses (it was 3am and it seemed very sensible at the time).


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Schmiddy
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 04:02 PM

"All the tunes in the world" or "Night Ferry" or "Song for Ireland"

Uwe Schmidt Zeitenwind


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 06:22 AM

Mr Red - my friends laugh at my songwriting too - being inspired by those Norfolk stalwarts of Folk I attempted a little ditty involving jolly sheep working down a coal mine while fathoming the bowl with a punch ladle - but nobody appreciated the subtlty of the lyrical arrangement (OK maybe I'd had a few nipperkins of the black stuff) and I had to defer to their superior talents for the closing song


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Gervase
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 06:34 AM

For sheer exuberant tastelessness, the Middle Bar at Sidmouth can't be beat. It always closes the last session of the last day with umpteen bastardised versions of "I am the Music Man", incorporating the music (and actions) associated with The Archers, the Dambusters, Jerusalem and gawd knows what.

Sorry, I'll get me coat.....


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Shall
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 06:38 AM

We love a big finish with Whiskey Before Breafast....Lunch and Dinner, or Banshee/Gravel Walk/ Jenny's Chickens.It works.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Mr Red
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 07:59 AM

Sarah the Flute Sheep Dipping down a Coal Mine? Is this a finished or finishing song? Black humour? Or the Pits? Take your pick. ("getting my drift" is probably too obscure to be funny).


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 08:42 AM

Mr Red It was an elegy to the humble agricultural drinking classes intended to act as a "softner" for the end of the day. Is that obscure or wot?


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Pseudolus
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 09:20 AM

Most of the time I finish with "Goodnight Sweetheart" but on occasion I have used "The Farewell Toast" by Mike Cross.

Frank


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Kim C
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 10:01 AM

Parting Glass.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Bob Pegritz
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 10:12 AM

Goodnight, Irene


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 10:26 AM

My favourite finishing off song is the Parting Glass.

Jon


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Willie-O
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 10:49 AM

Well I have used the Parting Glass on many the occasion. But now that I am getting into swing standards a bit, I am muchly taken by "We'll Meet Again".

...Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day...

The trouble with these really good closing songs is that's about the only time you can play them, in any logical set-ordering scheme. So you have to choose one, it seems. Can't have them leaving all night. (Conversely, it you think your singing drives people away, you could play nothing but closing songs...now there's a thought that won't get you too many gigs.

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 11:32 AM

Our group always finishes with a traditional folksong by Mendelssohn..."If I should see you all alone"

If I should see you all alone
out in the storm, out in the storm
then with my coat, I'd cover you
and keep you warm, and keep you warm.
And if the storms of saddness come
to trouble you, to trouble you,
my heart will then your shelter be,
and comfort you, and comfort you.
Though, stranded in a desert land,
so dry and bare, so dry and bare,
it would be paradise to me,
If you were there, if you were there.
If all the riches of the world,
were mine alone, were mine alone,
you still would be the dearest thing,
I'd ever known, I'd ever known.
LL


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 12:46 PM

For audiences where those who can sing, do, and those who can't sing, listen - the Copper Family's "Thousands or More" has few equals as a finisher.

For audiences where those who think they can sing are bellowing at full volume, and those who can't be bothered to sing are dropping glasses, knocking over chairs, and arguing among themselves - Leadbelly's "Midnight Special" often hits the right spot. I hear that some folk have had considerable success finishing with John Denver's "Annie's Song", but that's too syrupy for my taste. (Though we did it once, at a wedding ceilidh, because the bride's name was Annie.)

There are some gigs where the only alternative to finishing with some local lad joining you for "Danny Boy" is probably a thump in the kisser. ("What key do you sing it in?" "Bugger the key, just play it, sonny!")

And if the crowd insists on ending with "The Wild Rover", let them get on with it ... it's a free country, ain't it?

But with almost any audience, anywhere, "Goodnight Irene" usually sends people home in a mellow mood. OK, so it's a cliche ... but it's still a pretty effective cliche.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 05:26 PM

Many good suggestions on this thread. But I don't really see "Song for Ireland" as a natural closer.

Murray


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Susan-MArie
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 06:47 PM

Bill D - Where would I find "Tak A Dram Before You Go" ? Can't seem to find it in the DT or the forum.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: P Mitchell@work
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 04:17 AM

I sing "Far Better Pagan (when I am Pissed)". An unaccompanied song that can be heard on my C.D., currently available at only £5.........

However, this song is usually requested by the crowd. Could that be because they know it's my last one ?

Paul


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 05:59 AM

In many parts of Yorkshire the traditional last song is t'Anthem (Holmfirth Anthem or Pratty Flowers). But we have so many last songs that sometimes we have to start singing them halfway through the evening!

Les


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Bob Pegritz
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 03:43 PM

In a reply to this thread, Lyrical Lady wrote the words to a song attributed to Mendelsohn. (I assume she means Felix). They were beautiful. But in my thinking of the words to this, I recall Robert Burns' poem, O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast...

O wert thou in the cauld blast, On yonder lea, on yonder lea, My plaidie to the angry airt, I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee; Or did Misfortune's bitter storms Around the blaw, around thee blaw, Thy bield should be my bosom, To share it a', to share it a'. Or were I in the wildest waste, Sae black and bare, sae black and bare The desert were a Paradise, If thou wert there, if thou wert there; Or were I Monarch o' the globe, Wi' thee to reign, wi thee to reign, The brightest jewel in my Crown Wad be my Queen, wad be my Queen.

I wonder if Messr. Mendelsohn was a reader of The Bard?

Bob Pegritz


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Bert
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 04:52 PM

Remember that Mudcat Radio Show - episode 40. The one where Bill Sables and Alan C visited us on their Wonderful Mudcat Adventure. We each played a 'leaving song' at the end of the show.
It's well worth a trip to the archives to hear them all.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: dwditty
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 05:15 PM

God Bless the Child. 'nuff said.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Captain Swing
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 06:23 PM

A medley of Midnight on the Water (the tune) followed by Murshin Durkin climaxing with our version of the end of Sgt Pepper.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Gary Owens
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 12:55 PM

Why, The Parting Glass of course ! The encore is usually when we let fly with a few last rebel tunes - if we get called back, of course !


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:38 PM

Sarah the Flute

wot.

I once sang "New York Gals" accompanying myself on a pair of egg shakers, sung in a reggae rhythm. I have to say I kept singing and shaking as I was lifted under each elbow and carried off stage.

I certainly did finish then.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Plume
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 12:37 AM

Always Look On the Bright Side of Life


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 04:27 PM

You don't know? Too bad. You will just have to wait and see.

- LH


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 05:41 PM

Plume

I was at School with Eric Idle.

He is a lot older than me of course.

His talents were clear then but little did we suspect where it would take him. Though with hindsight - it was obviously bound to happen.

No I won't mention the name of the school. Neither does he - ever.

For a good reason.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Grubby
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:39 PM


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Grubby
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:40 PM

Hope we meet again by the Saw Doctors is a good finishing Song for a gig Grubby


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: English Jon
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 08:06 AM

With Whorticulture, it's either Mary Ellen Carter/Derby Ram medley, If I should fall from grace with God (let me go, boys) or Sham 69's "Hurry up Harry" (chorus: "We're going down the pub" x2)

With Johnson's Pig it is variously Holmfirth Anthem, Sleep on Beloved, or (my favourite) Bright Morning Star.

As regards my putative solo act, at the moment it's "The American king stole my true love away"

English Jon.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 08:26 AM

"Goodnight" by The Beatles, Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters", or "X-Girlfriend" by Bush.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: bluerabbit10
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 03:14 PM

John Hartford may have used this one a time or two:

Waltz of the Golden Rule
John Hartford
tab chords by: vernegarrison at sbcglobal.net
Valley Park, Mo July 21, 2008


Thanks (D) for letting (G) us stand on your (D) stage,
Thanks for your presence to(A) night
Thanks (D) to the people (G) who ran the (D) sound
And to the people (A) who handled the (D) lights.

Thanks for coming (G) to see (D) us
When you could have been elsewhere (A) instead
And (D) for the folks (G) who put the show (D) on
And for the bald spot (A) on top of my (D) head

This show is not (G) federally fund-(D)-ed
We hope it was fun for (A) you
Now go (D) home and do (G) unto (D) others
As you would have them (A) do unto (D) you


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: GUEST,Guest John Hartford
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 06:52 AM

Hi tinker

< LOL, Spaw, I delivered my babies to the 1812, so I guess it really was finishing up! Definately Laughing out loud..>

Lol LOL

I conceived my babies during the cannon crescendo of the 1812 overture....lol

John


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 07:04 AM

Our man Lanfranc always does Goodnight Irene.
And it has to be "git you in my dreams"
Time for a change Alan?


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: dwditty
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 08:21 AM

God Bless the Child


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: breezy
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 09:58 AM

Thanks Lucy, I was not sure but I also had the impression that Merv was the reason The Farewell Shanty was and still is the accepted closing song . I recall someone singing it early one night after which no one sang again because thats the way it is

One particular song that has struck me as a good un which lends itself to some lovely harmonies is a song recorded by Mike Agranoff, written by Bob Coltman on 1971 entitled 'Before they close the Minstrel Show'

I have only used a couple of times but it was magical on each occasion

unless you've been lucky to get to catch Mike Agranoff who comes over here [uk] for very short tours then it will remain a 'hidden gem' of a song in his vast and high qualty repertoire.

Probably better known on the East Coast of the U S but not widely.

I sat on Merv's chair last week.

S Y B


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 11:02 AM

That's varied over the years. In recent years though, I finish folk concerts with Handful of Songs and gospel concerts with Sweet, Quiet Peace, one of the gospel songs I've written with the chorus:

"One thing I know, and this for certain
All will be well no matter what the future holds
He will be there to share your every burden
You'll find a sweet, quiet peace in your soul."

Jerry


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 02:36 PM

While in exile after Katrina, I learned the chords, and came up with a nice fingerpicking arrangement, for "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans." Since I've been back, that's been my pretty-much-regular closing number.

In earlier years, "Goodnight Irene" was a favorite, and as noted above, you have to sing "I'll get you in my dreams."

My other favorite closing number is one that needs to be sung unaccompanied: Dave Van Ronk's "Last Call":

http://dezji.wordpress.com/2007/10/05/song-of-the-day-dave-van-ronk-last-call-1973-1994/

(Scroll down just a tad, past the opening paragraph, for lyrics.)


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Soldier boy
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 03:28 PM

I agree with many of the above.
Some of my firm favourites have to be:

Rolling Home

The Holmfirth Anthem (Pratty Flowers)

Goodnight Irene

What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

The wild rover

Will ye go lassie go

Dad's drunk again

These are all songs that tug on the heart strings or bring out big smiles on peoples faces. Nearly everyone knows the chorus in these songs which means everyone can join in,raise the volume and lift the rafters.
I think that, (where possible and politically correct), you should aim to go out with a bang/ finish on a high note, with a song that is both memorable and a proven crowd-pleaser.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 04:54 PM

We often start and finish with "Keep on the Sunnyside" as did the Carter Family. Sometimes we end with "I'll Fly Away" and most often we end with "Hold What You Got (I'm Comin' Home Baby)." Whenever we do a program where people from several groups all come to the stage for a grand finale, it almost invariably is "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Soldier boy
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 07:31 PM

Yeah, I agree Barbara, I hadn't thought of that one; it's a great song and you can really belt it out. Nice one. In fact I think we finished with that one at Otley FF this year.


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Deckman
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 11:18 PM

I usually sing concerts that are carefully planned with themes, variety, etc. I usually build to something of a closing thought. This last tour I found great success with Peter Amberly. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: open mike
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 11:31 PM

when singing with my partner Bob we usually wrap up our set with Islanders by Gary Fjellgaard, as he used to live on an island in B.C.

in jams/circles we usually end up with will the circle be unbroken

and i often like to end my solo gigs with the toast A Health to the Company which states "we may and might never all meet here again"


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 11:50 PM

Sweet Rosieanne & when we work up Bid You Goodnite, we'll use that too


Barry


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 10:46 AM

Usually

The Minstrel


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Rafflesbear
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 02:49 PM

In robust pubs Norcsalordie finish with the Clancys'

B*gg*r Off

the audiences love it and it gets demanded on the next visit :-)


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Rafflesbear
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 02:53 PM

I'll say it before anyone else (if I'm quick)

at least they THINK the audience is requesting it :-)


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 03:12 PM

Yeah, I agree Barbara, I hadn't thought of that one; it's a great song and you can really belt it out. Nice one. In fact I think we finished with that one at Otley FF this year.

Soldier boy, which song were you referring to?


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 03:42 AM

If I'm in Greece it's usually Goodnight Irene in tribute to The Cook. In this country and if I've had too much brandy it's usually Blue Suede Shoes.

RtS
"I've emptied bigger rooms than this".


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: Soldier boy
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 08:30 PM

Sorry Barbara, I didn't make it very clear did I?

I was refering to the song: "Will the circle be unbroken". This is a great song and has a special meaning to me.

For me it always kind of sums up the feeling I have that the folk fraternity and all my folkie friends are one big, vibrant, close and loving "extended family"; where the bonds I have formed over the years will never be broken. Bless them all, because I feel blessed to have gotten to know them and count them as very special people and very special firm friends in my life.


I treasure them all and I am so taken and feel so moved at the moment by this thought that I might just start a new thread to celebrate such relationships formed on the folk curcuit and invite you good people to say what such relationships mean to you... so look out for a new thread headed 'The Folk Fraternity...my treasured "extended family"' starting pretty soon.

Thank you.

Chris


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Subject: RE: What song do you finish with?
From: autoharpbob
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 07:23 AM

Just a point that the Carter Family original was "CAN the circle be unbroken". And do you sing it crooked, or straightened out?

My favourite closer is "No Time to Tarry Here"

Mothers all, fare you well (x3)
I'm on my journey home

No time to tarry here,
No time to wait for you,
No time to tarry here,
I'm on my journey home

Fathers all....
Brothers all.....
Sisters all.....
Neighbours all....
Sinners all....

The audience soon gets the hang of it!


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