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Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising

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Red Eye 30 Mar 02 - 07:37 AM
Red Eye 30 Mar 02 - 07:40 AM
*#1 PEASANT* 30 Mar 02 - 08:05 AM
*#1 PEASANT* 30 Mar 02 - 08:08 AM
Maryrrf 30 Mar 02 - 08:56 AM
*#1 PEASANT* 30 Mar 02 - 09:10 AM
*#1 PEASANT* 30 Mar 02 - 09:21 AM
UB Ed 24 Apr 03 - 02:29 PM
Leadfingers 24 Apr 03 - 07:13 PM
Sorcha 24 Apr 03 - 09:06 PM
widowmaker 25 Apr 03 - 01:34 AM
Leadfingers 25 Apr 03 - 02:48 AM
GUEST,Jon 25 Apr 03 - 10:19 AM
UB Ed 25 Apr 03 - 04:34 PM
leprechaun 25 Apr 03 - 05:13 PM
Mrrzy 23 Mar 15 - 10:50 AM
Jim Carroll 23 Mar 15 - 11:18 AM
GUEST,Martin Ryan 23 Mar 15 - 11:21 AM
Jim Carroll 23 Mar 15 - 02:47 PM
Big Al Whittle 24 Mar 15 - 06:43 AM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 24 Mar 15 - 06:59 AM
mayomick 24 Mar 15 - 07:45 AM
GUEST,# 24 Mar 15 - 08:49 AM
Big Al Whittle 25 Mar 15 - 04:28 AM
Jim Carroll 25 Mar 15 - 04:45 AM
AmyLove 02 Apr 16 - 04:54 PM
AmyLove 02 Apr 16 - 07:12 PM
AmyLove 02 Apr 16 - 07:20 PM
FreddyHeadey 02 Apr 16 - 08:38 PM
AmyLove 03 Apr 16 - 12:25 AM
GUEST,DaveRo 03 Apr 16 - 01:55 AM
AmyLove 10 Apr 16 - 10:56 PM
JenBurdoo 14 Apr 16 - 08:19 AM
Jim Carroll 14 Apr 16 - 08:56 AM
Jim Carroll 14 Apr 16 - 01:16 PM
Jim McLean 15 Apr 16 - 04:47 AM
FreddyHeadey 15 Apr 16 - 05:15 AM
The Sandman 15 Apr 16 - 05:53 AM
Jim Carroll 15 Apr 16 - 06:13 AM
FreddyHeadey 15 Apr 16 - 06:20 AM
Pat deVerse 16 Apr 16 - 01:56 PM
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Subject: Easter Rising
From: Red Eye
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 07:37 AM

Apart from Ireland will there any other countries that will be holding commemoration ceremonies for the '16 Rising?


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Red Eye
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 07:40 AM

ps If there is one song which relates to this period it has to be Boys Of The Old Brigade by Various....

Now father why, are you so sad, on this bright Easter Morn


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 08:05 AM

For me the easter rising means making several large loaves of greek easter bread....happening as I type! Then of course getting up in the morning to see if the easter bunny was here and finding the ouzo bottle and the orange juice. Of course if you wish to dwell on the image of the wounded James Connolly being carried from building to building in Dublin, car rushing off the cliff to not make it to meet with the german submarine and the soldiers song being sung with the last charge from the GPO- just dont forget the women of Dublin who rushed out with tea and cakes to feed the British Army and thank them for getting rid of the band of communist thugs. All of whom by virtue of martyrdom are of course true heros. But dont take my word for it be sure to ask the PLO and the alcaida, and bin laden and castro and of course Martin McGuinnis and Jerry Adams.

But to answer the question I do believe Castro does celebrate the day-I think he even has an IRA monument.

But when you think lillys think orange ones as the song goes: A great tune and song of the Isle of Ireland- For the midi too clickit here The Orange Lily,O! AND did you go to see the show,
Each rose and pink a dilly, O!
To feast your eyes, and view the prize,
Won by the Orange Lily, O!

Chorus:

Heigh ho, the Lily, O!
The royal,loyal Lily,O
Beneath the sky, what flower can vie
With Erin's Orange Lily, O!

The Viceroy there, so debonair,
Just like a daffadilly, O!
With Lady Clarke, Blithe as a lark,
Approached the Orange Lily, O!

CHORUS

Sir Charley too, looked, very blue,
While laughed Horse Master Billy, O!
To think his EX- a flower should vex
And that an Orange Lilly, O

CHORUS

A fairer flower, throughout the bower
He sought, but willy nilly, O!
With moistened eyes, he gave the prize
To Erin's Orange Lily, O!

CHORUS

The lowland field may roses yield,
Gay heaths the Highland hilly, O!
But high or low, no flower can show,
Like Erin's Orange Lily, O!

CHORUS

Let dandies fine in Bond Street shine,
Gay nymphs in Picadilly, O!
But fine or gay must yield the day
To Erin's Orange Lily, O!

CHORUS

The elated muse, to hear the news,
Jumped like a Connaught filly, o!
As gossip fame did loud proclaim
The triumph of the Lily,O!

CHORUS

Then come brave boys, and share her joys,
And toast the health of Willy, O!
Who bravely won, on Boyne's red shore,
The Royal Orange Lily, O!
CHORUS

A famous Orange song but one whose origins and content remain something of a mystery. It may be a eulogy for a flower the very wearing of which was banned in the middle of the last century by the repressive Emblems Act. Fun is poked at the Viceroy no doubt because he, as a head of the much disliked Dublin Castle administration would have symbolized the repressive act.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 08:08 AM

Of course we should also think of the famous lines from Brendhan Behan- One of his relatives was fighting in the GPO and the wife came up to the steps and sent in a packet of money saying- "be sure to pick up a packet of stamps on the way home!"

Conrad


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Maryrrf
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 08:56 AM

Well if anybody's going to be in Alexandria Virginia tomorrow (Easter) I'll be doing a special program at Pat Troy's Irish pub on Irish history, starting at 7:00 pm. I've gone all the way back to the Tuatha de Danaan, ending with the present day, with commentary and songs illustrative of Irish history (i.e. Skibereen for the famine, etc.) I sure hope it goes over well because I've been practising!


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 09:10 AM

Sounds good....If I werent currently restricted to the Greek Kitchen here prepararing for easter I would journey down. Let me know if you bring your presentation to Baltimore. My regards to Pat Troy Washington's own leprechaun and his little bit of Ireland. I used to go there regularly but ye see he wants all me money....

Conrad


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 30 Mar 02 - 09:21 AM

Did I mention that James Connolly was NOT! Jesus Christ! Just ask anyone- His real name was not James it Was BILLY!

-:)


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Subject: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: UB Ed
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 02:29 PM

April 24, 1916, Easter Rebellion. The tunes I believe directly relate are "Row in the Town" and "Grace". Perhaps "Foggy Dew" as eveolved.

Other direct tunes?

Ed


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 07:13 PM

The Foggy Dew is definately Easter Rising-- It was better to die neath
a Norhern sky than at Suvla or Sud el Bar refers to First World War battles.Dublin In The Green also,interestingly an adapted British Army song.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 09:06 PM

Don't know for sure, but what about Rising of the Moon?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: widowmaker
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 01:34 AM

Kevin Barry, Tri-coloured ribbon,Wrap the green flag, the rising of the moon was perhaps more of a "98" song. James Connolly,The patriot game, The Dying Rebel,Freedoms sons,written to commemerate the 50th anniversary of the Easter rising, Many young men of twenty, The man from Mullingar, Take it down from the mast albeit a post Easter song but derived from the direct action taken at Easter, The Flying columns.
There are a load of Easter Rebellion songs out there, I have just come back from commemerating the Easter rebellion at the plot in milltown Belfast and a lot of these songs plus modern day equivalents were still song today


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: Leadfingers
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 02:48 AM

Rising of the Moon definately 1798,and Patriot Game written by Dominic Behan afteran I R A attack on a poloice station in the fifties


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 10:19 AM

"Kevin Barry" is about events in 1920. There is a short history here


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: UB Ed
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 04:34 PM

Boys from the Old Brigade?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: leprechaun
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 05:13 PM

Thank you, Jon.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Mrrzy
Date: 23 Mar 15 - 10:50 AM

Coming up soon on the 100th anniversary, what is being planned by the catters for 4/24/16? I would need about a year to plan a trip, so I thought I'd ask now...

Meanwhile, who decided that could be 100 years ago?


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 23 Mar 15 - 11:18 AM

"Did I mention that James Connolly was NOT! Jesus Christ!"
True - he was a real living human being rather than a myth.
"His real name was not James it Was BILLY!"
I think you're confusing him with a Glaswegian comedian - his name was James.
He was such a threat to the British Empire that, following the Easter Rising, as badly wounded as he was, the Brits strapped him into a chair in order to execute him - one of their great historical own-goals
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 23 Mar 15 - 11:21 AM

Against a Scot, at that.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 23 Mar 15 - 02:47 PM

"Against a Scot, at that."
Tsk Martin - there are some things we Liverpudlians never joke about, football being one of them
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 24 Mar 15 - 06:43 AM

perhaps worth mentioning that in 1966, the BBC released an Lp album to celebrate 1916 rebellion's 50th anniversary.

memorably saying on the album sleeve notes that Pearse and Connolly's genius had been to reintroduce violence into the political agenda.....

who knows what acts of genius the next 50 years will come up with.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 24 Mar 15 - 06:59 AM

Al, are you sure of that? Topic published an album celebrating the 1916 uprising; Ireland her Own. Topic. 12T 153. Also, Gael Linn released a very strange compilation called 1916 Mar do Cumadh an Aisling. Gael Linn        . CEF 014. But I'm damned if I can remember the BBC putting anything out.

Indeed, given that many in the BBC would have seen such a subject as subversive, it seems highly unlikely that they would have done.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: mayomick
Date: 24 Mar 15 - 07:45 AM

They certainly stir it up enough, but I can't quite see the BBC actually celebrating the reintroduction of violence into the political agenda.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: GUEST,#
Date: 24 Mar 15 - 08:49 AM

Al may be referring to this.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Mar 15 - 04:28 AM

yes indeed that's the one - there was an accompanying book. you see in 66 - the troubles hadn't really kicked off bigtime, certainly no one in England recognised the importance.

several of my fellow students went across to offer support to the civil rights group over at Queens University.

back in 68 i remember reading -with a sinking heart - apoem in the window of the local recuiting office by an English soldier. he said he was off to Belfast sorting out a load of brick throwing yobs. Certainly it seemed small potatoes compared to the mayhem in Grosvenor Square.

it must have been the following year that i bought the album for five bob in a cake shop in Budleigh Salterton.   realised, i realised back then it was a historic artefact - demonstrating england's thinking at the time that unrest in Ireland was a thing of the past.

i have the album. with its respectful sleevenotes and beautiful gatefold sleeve before me.

on the front it says

'the BBC Home Service production to commemorate the 50th anniversary'
script by RD Smith for BBC Enterprises.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 25 Mar 15 - 04:45 AM

IMO
Best album ever of Easter Rising songs was 'Easter Weel and After by Dominic Behan (not my favourite singer)
Best published collection of songs - The Easter Rising in Song and Ballad by C Desmond Grieves (Patrick Galvin's excellent 'Songs of Irish Resistance covers it well, but it's only a small part of the book.
Best book on the events, 'Agony at Easter' (based almost entirely on eye-witness accounts) by Thomas Coffey
There's a lovely description in the book of a dozen volunteers from Liverpool getting off the ferry at the North Wall, going to the nearest stop and getting on the first tram - their leader says "twelve tickets to the revolution please".   
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Easter Rising Songs
From: AmyLove
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 04:54 PM

I am going to purchase at least one album of Easter Rising songs. Any recommendations?


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: AmyLove
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 07:12 PM

I looked up a few things mentioned here.

Big Al Whittle said "in 1966, the BBC released an Lp album to celebrate 1916 rebellion's 50th anniversary."

I found a past listing (album sold) for this item which includes photos and some useful information about the album here.

Fred McCormick said "Topic published an album celebrating the 1916 uprising; Ireland her Own. Topic. 12T 153. Also, Gael Linn released a very strange compilation called 1916 Mar do Cumadh an Aisling. Gael Linn CEF 014."

I found Ireland Her Own on amazon here and on youtube here.

I found a little information on Mar do Cumadh an Aisling here.

A guest linked to the RTÉ album The Story of Easter Week 1916.

You can order it on cd here.

Jim Carroll said, "Best album ever of Easter Rising songs was 'Easter Week and After by Dominic Behan"

I found it on youtube here.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: AmyLove
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 07:20 PM

Okay, apparently the link for the listing for the BBC album doesn't work because it is too long to fit in the link maker, so here it is:

http://www.adverts.ie/vinyl/rare-irish-easter-rising-50th-anniversary-1916-fontana-lp-tl-5328-de-valera-bbc-world-service-1966/4311654


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 08:38 PM

The tracks on the link for Easter Week And After aren't available for me in the UK.

Most of them seem to be here if I scroll down a bit

Popular Videos – Dominic Behan:


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: AmyLove
Date: 03 Apr 16 - 12:25 AM

101 songs in this youtube playlist: Easter 1916 Collection - The Finest Irish Rebel Songs

The mp3 album is just $8.99 at amazon - here.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: GUEST,DaveRo
Date: 03 Apr 16 - 01:55 AM

There are a couple of half-hour BBC radio programmes about the Easter Rising, of which the first is:
Could You Not Just Wait?

The second programme compares the 50th anniversary - three years before the Troubles - with the 100th.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: AmyLove
Date: 10 Apr 16 - 10:56 PM

Some resources worth checking out:

Songs and Poems Inspired by the 1916 Rising

Ten best songs of the 1916 Easter Rising (VIDEOS) - IrishCentral.com

The Clancy Brothers - The Easter Rising 1916 - YouTube

Irish Rebellion Album - liner notes (Smithsonian Folkways)


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: JenBurdoo
Date: 14 Apr 16 - 08:19 AM

Lots of Canadians and Australians too.

I'm glad I found this thread, lots of links for thought. I've always been struck by the beauty of the music about deadly and controversial events and how odd it feels to be a Jew singing about strife between Catholics and Protestants, an American without British-Isles ancestry singing about war between Irish and British.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 14 Apr 16 - 08:56 AM

As a Brit of Irish descent now living in Ireland who was brought up on stories and songs of Easter Week and the War of Independence, this year has been a joy and a continuing learning curve.
The subject has been treated intelligently, with respect and pride combined with soul-searching analysis by the media and more interestingly, by local cultural and historical groups such as those here in Clare.
Just when you thought you knew it all, it's been a revelation to view new footage and learn new facts - I'm delighted to be around to see it up close.
It has been particularly interesting to see the role of women in getting independence recognised at last - having two aunts who were members of Cumann na mBan, I was vaguely aware of their part, but it's good to see that fact publicised and added to.
Over the last year or so we have been working on the songs we commected in Clare over the last three decades, but recently, the locally made songs which never made it into the main repertoire have been brought into sharp focus - on all subjects, not just the political ones (oral history at its very best.
I'll be talking on the subject at the forthcoming International Ballad Conference at Limerick University at the end of June (if I've got my act together by then).
Not sure of the full details yet, but Terry Moylan of Na Píobairí Uilleann, the pipers' club, has just published The Indignant Muse: Poetry and Songs of the Irish Revolution, a selection of more than 500 songs and poems created in the years before and after the Easter Rising.
The collection will be launched at the Willie Clancy Summer School in July - yet another book for the collection.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 14 Apr 16 - 01:16 PM

One of the Clare songs we collected.
Jim Carroll

I Don't Mind If I Do, Michael 'Straighty' Flanagan, Inagh
Carroll Mackenzie Collection

King George met Joe Devlin a short time ago,
And he said 'Good morning, how do you do, Joe?
Will you drop into breakfast, and see Mary, too?'
'Oh, be God then', said Joe, 'I don't mind if I do.'

To the palace they rambled – T.P. he was there,
John Dillon he sat on a plush-covered chair,
'Will you all', says Queen Mary , 'have some Irish stew?'
Oh they roared in one voice, 'We don't mind if we do.'

'Sinn Feiners', said Georgie, 'are spoiling my plan.
DeValera, their leader, he seems a strong man.
Will you tell him his flag should be red, white and blue?'
'It's no use', says T.P., 'he won't mind if I do.'

'Behind prison walls they should all be', said Joe.
'When you had them in there sure you let them all go.
To spread their sedition each county around,
And to knock out the men with the four hundred pounds.'

'That's right', said T.P., 'I agree with you there.
The rod on the rebels, oh Georgie, don't spare!
The whole world over sure they've knocked me flat,
I am back from the States with a big empty hat.'

The flag of Sinn Fein everywhere it do fly,
And 'Down with the Party' is now Ireland's cry.
The green, white and orange, alas and alack,
Has taken the place of the old Union Jack.

'Recruiting', said Mary, 'is now very low.
To the trenches in Flanders the Irish won't go.
Why not try conscription – oh John, what says you?'
'Oh be God then', said Joe, 'there'll be hell if we do.'

"According to historical accounts the 1910 British General Election left the Liberals as a minority government dependent upon the votes of Irish Nationalist parliamentarians so, in order to gain their support, Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, introduced legislation that would give Ireland Home Rule; the bill was opposed by the Conservatives and Unionists. Desperate to avoid the prospect of Civil War in Ireland, King George V called a meeting of all parties at Buckingham Palace in July 1914 in an attempt to negotiate a settlement. After four days the conference ended without an agreement so, on 18 September 1914, the King, having considered vetoing the legislation, gave his assent to the Home Rule Bill after it had been passed by Westminster. Its implementation was postponed due to the outbreak of the First World War. Joseph Devlin, mentioned in the song, was an Irish journalist and influential nationalist politician, a member of the British parliament for the Irish Parliamentary Party This wonderful parody commemorates 'The Buckingham Palace Meeting'."


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Jim McLean
Date: 15 Apr 16 - 04:47 AM

I remember when Dominic Behan flew to Spain to see the Animals. When asked the purpose of his visit he said he was there for Franco's funeral. "He's not dead yet," said the official. "I'll wait then, " said Dominic.
He was rushed onto the next plane for the UK!


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 15 Apr 16 - 05:15 AM

A Touring Concert of Traditional Song
New Compositions on the 1916 Easter Rising

The 1916 Song Project is a national research and performance project devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert for the 2016 Commemoration Programme and features some of the country's most respected traditional singers and songwriters.

The 1916 Song Project is based around the principles of shared knowledge, support and co-operation. Since first meeting as a group in August 2015 singers have researched and composed a new body of songs in the traditional style relating to themes, events and figures connected to The Easter Rising. These songs will invite us to reflect, challenge us and introduce us to previously unsung heroes. New perspectives will be offered in a range of subjects, with diverse singing styles from around the country.

This will be Ireland's premier traditional song event for the 2016 Commemorations and through the vision of Lambert and Fortune, combined with the skills of the singers involved, the project will launch a new body of songs into the traditional song repertoire for decades and centuries to come. The project includes singers from, and will tour to, places where there was significant activity in Easter 1916.

In addition, Thérèse McIntyre will present a public talk at each of the six venues, while Terry Moylan will deliver a once-off presentation in NLI. Video documentation of the performances will be hosted on the project website following the concert tour.

http://www.the1916songproject.com/Home.html


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Apr 16 - 05:53 AM

to what tune does that fine song go jim?


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 15 Apr 16 - 06:13 AM

Fairly well known as the original 'I Don't Mind if I Do' (variant of Villikins and his Dinah?)
The recording of Straighty Flanagan singing it is on the Clare Website (Carroll Mackenzie song Collection)
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 15 Apr 16 - 06:20 AM

& ... for the tune....The Irish Rovers 'I Don't Mind if I Do'

https://youtu.be/EKi00SVmLJ4


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Subject: 1916 Song Project
From: Pat deVerse
Date: 16 Apr 16 - 01:56 PM

Just go to twitter.com, then search '1916 Song Project'. You'll find further links there. The clips are Aileen Lambert's introduction and song, Paddy Berry's song and Paul O'Reilly's song. There could be more uploaded since then.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 16 Apr 16 - 03:00 PM

1916 Song Project
Thanks Pat deVerse.



Here is the Twitter search page in case anyone else is looking
https://www.twitter.com/search?q=1916 Song Project 

Or Twitter for #1916songproject
https://www.twitter.com/search?q=%231916songproject 


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising
From: Thompson
Date: 17 Apr 16 - 05:07 AM

The history, by the way, is important for the music. It's not much good if you're singing The Foggy Dew without understanding the political background of the song.


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising - April 24-29, 1916
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 06:35 PM

I am interested inModettes comments about executions, are there any songs about this ?


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising - April 24-29, 1916
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 08:48 PM

HiLo, this page (click) lists the names of the 16 people executed after the 1916 Easter Rising. I think the two best-known names are Joseph Mary Plunkett and James Connolly. We have songs about Plunkett (click), and about James Connolly. I'm sure we have a number of songs about the Easter Rising, but we don't have them grouped together. See also The 1916 Song Project, which has participants whose names may be familiar to many of us.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Easter Rising - April 24-29, 1916
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 22 Apr 16 - 03:56 AM

A peace offering
Jim Carroll

Whack Fol The Diddle (Peadar Carney)

I'll sing you a song of peace and love,
Whack fol the diddle all the di do day.
To the land that reigns all lands above.
Whack fol the diddle all the di do day.
May peace and plenty be her share
Who kept our homes from want and care,
God bless Mother England is our prayer.
Whack fol the diddle all the di do day.

cho:
Whack fol the diddle all the di do day.
So we say, Hip Hooray!
Come and listen while we pray.
Whack fol the diddle all the di do day.

When we were savage, fierce and wild
She came like a mother to her child.
She gently raised us from the slime
Kept our hands from hellish crime,
And sent us to Heaven in her own good time.

Now our fathers oft were very bad boys.
Guns and pikes are dangerous toys.
From Bearna Baol to Bunker Hill
They made poor England weep her fill,
But ould Brittania loves us still!

Now Irishmen, forget the past!
And think of the time that's coming fast.
When we shall all be civilized,
Neat and clean and well-advised.
And won't Mother England be surprised?


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Subject: Celebrating the 1916 Rising in song
From: Fergie
Date: 27 Apr 16 - 07:47 PM

24th April was the 100 anniversary of the start of the 1916 Rising against British rule in Ireland. I had the great honour of singing the song that is most associated with that event in O'Connell Street in Dublin as part of the Citizens' Centenary Commemoration. The song 'The Foggy Dew' was penned by Canon O'Neill in 1918. The video can be viewed here
Foggy Dew


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Apr 16 - 05:47 PM

WELL DONE Fergie


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 06 May 16 - 07:33 PM

If you're a singer and interested in a knowledgeably-edited collection of existing songs rather than new compositions, the go-to reference source is here: a newly-published book edited by Terry Moylan


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 May 16 - 12:33 AM

An Pluiméir Ceolmhar, your post cost me some money. The book is The Indignant Muse: Poetry and Songs of the Irish Revolution 1887-1926. I was able to get a copy sent to the US through Amazon for thirty bucks, and I just couldn't pass it up. Here's the blurb from the product description:
    This landmark work contains a remarkable selection of 560 of the thousands of songs and poems created during, and reflecting upon, the most extraordinary decade of Ireland's history. This opened with the Dublin Lockout of 1913 and ended with the post-independence civil war, embracing World War I, the Rising of 1916, and the Anglo-Irish war. The Indignant Muse also includes 177 musical airs and 136 illustrations.

    'Terry Moylan's compilation surpasses in scale, variety and historical interest anything that's been attempted to date … the glory of the collection is the large number of items published here for the first time … a herculean effort by a lifetime collector of songs with an encyclopaedic knowledge of his material.'

    — from the Foreword by Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh

    "What is of interest in the material presented here is simply that it is a response in verse to the events of that time. No viewpoints are favoured other that the viewpoints of song-maker and poet. Poems and songs condense experience and afford the reader an opportunity of sharing another's perceptions in a more or less pleasing way. Delight in verse can be – and often is – combined with an interest in history, particularly the history of one's own spot on earth."

    – from the Introduction by Terry Moylan


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 07 May 16 - 02:25 AM

Will be in Galway later today to attend the talk and and concert of Easter Rising Songs put on as part of the 1916 Song Project
Hope to pick up a copy there
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 08 May 16 - 06:13 PM

@Joe: delighted to have inflicted such damage on your exchequer! Terry is extremely knowledgeable and a practising singer and dancer, as well as a piper.

There's probably a certain amount of doggerel among the songs, not to mention sentiments not in keeping with Ireland's reset relationship with the United Kingdom, but it is bound to be a valuable document of an era.


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: Murpholly
Date: 09 May 16 - 06:15 AM

Have just returned from our commemmoration visit to Dublin and on visiting St. Enda's our guide asked if we could sing Óro Sé d Bheatha Bhaile to Padraig Pearse's words. No-one would start it so as the only English woman there I launched it and they all joined in, thank goodness. I have to admit humming Arbour Hill when we visited the grave yard there too.


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 09 May 16 - 07:11 PM

Slightly off topic, but germane to the thread, here's a link to the current issue of An Píobaire, which is devoted almost entirely to the role of Eamonn Ceannt in co-founding the 1900 Dublin Pipers' Club and helping to preserve the living tradition of uilleann piping:
http://pipers.ie/source/media/?galleryId=1095&mediaId=26935


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 09 May 16 - 07:15 PM

PS, well done, Murpholly.

I knew a German theology student/seminarian in Dublin years ago, and he could never understand why the Irish would sing on just about every occasion , but you just couldn't get them to sing in church!

St Enda's possibly produces a similar effect. I was there yesterday for a charity run, as it happens, but that was a joyful, fun event.


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Subject: RE: Songs of the 1916 Easter Rising
From: Thompson
Date: 10 May 16 - 05:25 AM

Most of the songs listed in this thread weren't sung in 1916. The two that were most sung during the Rising were The Soldier's Song (then a new composition, and now, always sung in Irish as Amhrán na bhFiainn, Ireland's national anthem), and Step Together.

Before and during the Rising, many of the songs sung were about the English invasions, the Flight of the Earls, the United Irishmen's Rising, the Manchester Martyrs, the Fenians, emigration, etc — God Save Ireland, Said the Heroes, Ned of the Hill, Who Fears to Speak of '98, The Jackets Green, Deep in Canadian Woods, A Nation Once Again (the last often sung at the finish of meetings), and so on.


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