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Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday

08 Feb 02 - 03:03 PM (#645494)
Subject: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Raggytash

I would like to find who wrote the Ballad of Seth Davy and definitive words if possibly

    He sat on the corner of Bevington Bush
    astride of an old packing case
    and the dolls at the end of his plank went dancing
    as he crooned with a smile on his face

    Come day go day
    wish in me heart for Sunday
    drinking butter milk all the week
    whisky on a Sunday


08 Feb 02 - 03:23 PM (#645500)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: MMario

Whiskey on a sunday is attributed to Glyn Hughes in the DT


08 Feb 02 - 03:32 PM (#645505)
Subject: Lyr Add: WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY (Glyn Hughes)
From: Joan from Wigan

WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY
(Glyn Hughes)

He sits in the corner of old Beggar's Bush
On top of an old packing crate
He has three wooden dolls that can dance and can sing
And he croons with a smile on his face

CHORUS
Come day go day
Wish in my heart it were Sunday
Drinking buttermilk through the week
Whiskey on a Sunday

His tired old hands tug away at the strings
And the puppets dance up and down
A far better show than you ever would see
In the fanciest theatre in town

And sad to relate that old Seth Davy died
In nineteen-oh-four
The three wooden dolls in the dustbin were laid
His song will be heard nevermore

But some stormy night when you're passing that way
And the wind's blowing up from the sea
You'll still hear the song of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three


I don't know if this is the original version or not - I remember from years ago a singer telling us that Seth Davy actually died in 1902, and I always sing that date in the version I do (which isn't the above, by the way). This version is from a website which gives lots of information about Dancing Dolls.

Joan


08 Feb 02 - 08:17 PM (#645680)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Barry Finn

I think there was quite a nice thread on this some time ago. Good luck, Barry


09 Feb 02 - 03:03 AM (#645857)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Joan from Wigan

There are two previous threads:
Seth Davy info please and
Whisky on a Sunday.

The version I know is the same as that quoted by roopoo in the first of the above links, and is the one sung by most if not all of my fellow Liverpudlians.

Joan (originally from Liverpool)


09 Feb 02 - 03:14 AM (#645859)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Joan from Wigan

Out of curiosity, I've just been looking on the web for Beggars Bush and Bevington Bush. The former is apparently in Dublin, while Bevington Bush was/is in Liverpool: "the name of a thickly wooded valley between Bevington Hill and Everton Hill. An inn on Bevington Hill was called 'The Bush'." The area has not been 'thickly wooded' for many many years, but the area fits. As the version of the song quoted in the DT is that sung by the Irish Rovers, perhaps they changed the location to suited their Irish origins?

Joan


09 Feb 02 - 03:27 AM (#645860)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Raggytash

A dancing doll is a wooden manikin pivoted at the shoulders, hips and knees, held by a thin rod about 18 inched long drilled into it's back. It is made to dance by placing it on a 4 x 24 inch thin plank which is then drummed with the fingers causing the doll to "dance" The second verse in the version I know goes "his tired old drummed a wooden beam, and the puppets dolls they danced the gear, a far better show than you ever did see, at the Pavvy on New Brighton Pier. This again would indicate the Liverpool connnection


09 Feb 02 - 04:51 AM (#645872)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Hrothgar

I know the dolls as "nimblejacks."


11 Nov 08 - 04:03 PM (#2491062)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: GUEST,manda

The song was written in liverpool - but changed to suit the irish


11 Nov 08 - 04:18 PM (#2491072)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: breezy

nobody has mentioned the Spinners, till now, who may be able throw further light on the subject.

Any Spinners out there?


11 Nov 08 - 10:50 PM (#2491400)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Arkie

The lyrics above indicate that the dolls were puppets worked by strings. My recollection of the song referred to the dancing dolls mentioned above which are also called Limberjims here in the Arkansas Ozarks.


12 Nov 08 - 04:38 AM (#2491508)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Mr Happy

Jackie & Bridie used to do this song & had dolls dancing on a wooden stave as accompaniment


12 Nov 08 - 04:41 AM (#2491510)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Mr Happy

ps

not the kind with strings.

The dolls were wooden with jointed limbs, had a stick in their backs, & the puppeteer sat on the stave & banged it with a fist, so that the dolls danced a sort've tapdance!


12 Nov 08 - 06:37 AM (#2491544)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Bernard

According to this site the writer was Glyn Hughes...


12 Nov 08 - 06:50 AM (#2491549)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Manitas_at_home

...and not Glyn Hughes as credited in the first couple of postings then?


12 Nov 08 - 07:12 AM (#2491560)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: John MacKenzie

Jig Dolls.

JM


12 Nov 08 - 07:55 AM (#2491589)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: Mr Happy

Its a little disappointing to find that many've the songs I'd thought old & traditional were actually composed in the 1960s & 70s


12 Nov 08 - 03:30 PM (#2492046)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: SINSULL

Mr. Happy, if a song is good, it doesn't matter when it was written. Share it.


12 Nov 08 - 05:41 PM (#2492190)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: GUEST,Jake

The Houghton Weavers did a terrific version of this song. It's sang beautifully and the melody is lovely.


13 Nov 08 - 06:18 AM (#2492599)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: GUEST,machree01

I have a Danny Doyle album, called "Whiskey On A Sunday" {1968} the song remained at No. 1 in the Irish charts for 10 weeks.


13 Nov 08 - 03:34 PM (#2493065)
Subject: RE: Who Wrote The Ballad of Seth Davy
From: GUEST,Rich

For info, from www.fsc.org


Whisky on a Sunday, AKA Come Day, Go Day, AKA Seth Davy was written in the 1960s by Glyn Hughes. Hughes was born in Liverpool in 1932 and died there in 1972. During his brief life he had many occupations: journalist, short-story writer, bookseller's assistant, musician in a circus, film extra, hotel liftman and song writer, to mention only a few. The song is about a well-known Jamaican street entertainer in Liverpool in the 1890s/1900s and has been recorded by among others The Dubliners, The Irish Rovers and Rolf Harris.

Gerry Jones, Liverpool singer, says:
"Seth Davy was a real person, he really existed, and he died a couple of years into the 20th century. There was a street and a pub, both called Bevington Bush just north of Liverpool City Centre, and Seth Davy did do a busking act outside.
"In his book Liverpool: Our City - Our Heritage, Freddie O'Connor tells us that in 1760, half a mile from Marybone (St Patrick's Cross) along Bevington Bush Road was a hamlet named Bevington Bush which had an inn called simply the Bush, which became a favourite haunt for folk to travel out into the country, to the Bevy Inn, as it became fondly known. With the opening of Scotland Road, the ancient Bevington Bush Road became a minor road amidst the massive slum district that would soon engulf it. As the district was built up it also lost its original name.
"Please do not be taken in by any Irish versions of this song, or any reference to "Bebbington". Bebington is "over the water" - not in Liverpool at all. I know the truth for a fact because, when I was a brand-new teacher in the Dingle in 1963, our old lollypop man told me that he had actually seen Seth Davy doing his stuff. So I have spoken to a first-hand witness.
"I have heard that Seth Davy's own singing was a non-too-wonderful monotone, and not the pleasant melody that was written about him in the 60s folk boom."


14 Dec 08 - 07:28 AM (#2514821)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,DESI

As an Irish singer who performs this song, I can confirm that indeed it's not an Irish song at all, but as most people point out it stems from Liverpool where there was a real street entertainer named Seth Davel. Many somgs get 'adopted' by my country folk and Seth Davely has the sound of a good Irish song, bit like Dirty Old Town who many Irish and English believe to be Irish, in fact the 'dirty old town' in question refers to the home town of the writer Ewan Mc'coll, Salford near Manchester. It's a cedit to Glyn Hughes writing skills that many including myself originally thought it to be a much older traditional song, I'll be singing Seth Davey tonight 14/12/08 as it happens
Desi, the artist formerly known as, who?


14 Dec 08 - 07:56 AM (#2514831)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: scouse

I learn these words over on the "posh." side. i.e. The one eyed city!!

His tired old hands drummed wooden beams
And the puppet Dolls they danced the gear
A better show ever, that you would see
At the Tivvie (Tivoli) or New Brighton Pier

An on some stormy night down "Scotty." road way
When the wind's blows up from the sea
You can still hear the sound of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three.

As Aye,

Phil.


14 Dec 08 - 08:38 AM (#2514857)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Richard Bridge

It occurs to me that the ranges of local words to this song is supportive of the Karpeles defintion.


14 Dec 08 - 04:56 PM (#2515226)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Joybell

Does anyone else keep falling into 3/4 time while singing this song, or is it just me?


14 Dec 08 - 06:35 PM (#2515319)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Bernard

Uhh?!!


14 Dec 08 - 07:27 PM (#2515349)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Richard Bridge

I never bothered to think about it but isn't part of it 4/4 and part 3/4?

I, however, do "the WIld Mountain Thyme" in 4/4.


14 Dec 08 - 07:30 PM (#2515351)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Bill the sound

I found this track on a Max Boyce album, The Miles and the Roads
he gives credit to Glyn Hughes, I hope he's right.
Bill


14 Dec 08 - 07:36 PM (#2515353)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Bernard

I've always done both entirely in 3/4...

Bill the Sound... don't let Manitas hear you say that! I had the temerity to post a link to a website... it seems that someone had already mentioned the Glyn Hughes connection... sshhh!!

;o)


08 Jan 09 - 03:35 PM (#2535382)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,White Camry

"The song is about a well-known Jamaican street entertainer in Liverpool in the 1890s/1900s ... "

Was Seth Davy black, then?


08 Jan 09 - 08:02 PM (#2535582)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie

I was told that Bevington Bush was the site of the old Liverpool Sally Army Hostel.


09 Jan 09 - 07:43 AM (#2535864)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: banjoman

I have known this song a long time, and when I first learnt it I remember my Mum telling me that her Grandmother had related how she had seen a man with dancing dolls outside the Bevington Bush pub which stood on the junction of bevington Bush and Scotland Road - I remember that - so it probably confirms the date suggested by White Canary.


09 Jan 09 - 07:51 AM (#2535867)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Les in Chorlton

"The song is about a well-known Jamaican street entertainer in Liverpool in the 1890s/1900s ... "

Was Seth Davy black, then?

Chances are...


09 Jan 09 - 08:46 AM (#2535906)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Noreen

I've only ever heard it completely in 3/4.

...Bevington Bush which had an inn called simply the Bush, which became a favourite haunt for folk to travel out into the country, to the Bevy Inn...

Hence, going for a Bevy?!


09 Jan 09 - 08:57 AM (#2535923)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Malcolm Douglas

The trouble with songs that are discussed over multiple threads is that few people bother to read the other ones, so the same questions and answers tend to be repeated and the same ground covered over and over again; not least when an old discussion like this one is revived after six years of merciful oblivion by somebody with nothing new to say. Such people tend to resurrect the least informative thread available, of course.

There is more information about Davy himself in other threads (see links above) including the fact that Fritz Spiegl reckoned to have seen a photograph of him. See Matthew Edwards' post in Lyr Req: Whiskey on a Sunday.


09 Jan 09 - 09:03 AM (#2535930)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Nigel Parsons

Noreen:
I think you'll find that Bevvy is a shortened form of Beverage.

Cheers
Nigel


11 Jan 09 - 07:50 PM (#2537736)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Noreen

That's what I had always assumed, Nigel- but it could just as well be the other- do you have any evidence?


12 May 09 - 04:52 PM (#2630242)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,John Forrest Liverpool

A wonderful song,

Rolf Harris sings it with the doll on you tube.

Incidentally Going for a "Bevvy" has nothing to do with
the song, it means going for a beverage.


28 Jun 09 - 10:22 AM (#2666459)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Chrissie

Seeing as though the song mentions the Pavvy (New Brighton (Floral)pavilion), and New brighton pier, could the frist line also be interpreted as Bebington Bush - thus aligning it more to Wirral?


28 Jun 09 - 10:30 AM (#2666462)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: vectis

I thought the line read
The palais or New Brighton Parade.


29 Jun 09 - 07:32 AM (#2666979)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Noreen

You can interpret it any way you like, Chrissie (as many people do!) but the orginal words say Bevington Bush.


30 Jun 09 - 07:33 AM (#2667891)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Matthew Edwards

Thanks to Chrissie, vectis and Noreen for reviving this topic.
There are several threads discussing the song, and it seems to be a matter of luck as to which one turns up in a Google or other search.

As I live in Bebington in Wirral I can state that there isn't any location known as "Bebington Bush", and to the best of my knowledge there never has been. As a mainly suburban area it wouldn't have been a prime spot for a street entertainer to work. So far as I've been able to discover all the memories of Seth Davy are associated with Liverpool, and although the song does mention New Brighton Pier I haven't yet seen any evidence that Seth Davy performed there.

The "Pivvy" could be a reference to the Pavilion, but some singers sing the words as "Tivvy" - a reference to the Tivoli Palace of Varieties in Lime Street, Liverpool.

I did mention in another thread on this song Lyr Req: Whiskey on a Sunday that the late Fritz Spiegl had found an old magic lantern slide showing a street scene outside the Bevington Bush Hotel from the late 19th century. This shows an elderly black man seated on some sort of box playing a set of jig dolls on a plank and surrounded by children. I've now seen the original slide which is labelled "Davy" and I hope to be able to publish it soon with the owner's consent. I'm sure that Glyn Hughes must have seen this slide, or a picture based on it, when he wrote the song since the scene exactly matches the first verse:-

"He sat at the corner of Bevington Bush
Astride an old packing case
And the dolls on the end of his plank went dancing
As he crooned with a smile on his face."


Matthew Edwards


30 Jun 09 - 08:38 AM (#2667938)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Brakn

I get the feeling that his real name was not "Seth Dav(e)y" He doesn't appear on the 1901 census and no-one is registered as dying called that name around that period.

There is a Thomas Henry Davies born West Indies in 1860 living as a pauper in Toxteth Park Workhouse in 1901.


30 Jun 09 - 12:24 PM (#2668082)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Big Elk

If she is still with us try and contact Jackie Mc Donald who used to be 1/2 of Jackie and Bridie. 4 years ago she was involved with the Chester Folk Club.

She is a walking encyclopedia


05 Nov 09 - 11:31 AM (#2760182)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,ChrisJBrady

Quote "I did mention in another thread on this song Lyr Req: Whiskey on a Sunday that the late Fritz Spiegl had found an old magic lantern slide showing a street scene outside the Bevington Bush Hotel from the late 19th century. This shows an elderly black man seated on some sort of box playing a set of jig dolls on a plank and surrounded by children. I've now seen the original slide which is labelled "Davy" and I hope to be able to publish it soon with the owner's consent. I'm sure that Glyn Hughes must have seen this slide, or a picture based on it, when he wrote the song since the scene exactly matches the first verse:-

"He sat at the corner of Bevington Bush
Astride an old packing case
And the dolls on the end of his plank went dancing
As he crooned with a smile on his face."

Matthew Edwards" Unquote.

I wonder if there is a view of this slide on the web please, or did it ever get published? Many thanks - Chris B.


05 Nov 09 - 11:51 AM (#2760191)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,ChrisJBrady

Folks may be interested in my new pahe:

http://chrisbrady.itgo.com/jigdolls/jigdolls.htm

Chris B.


09 Mar 10 - 02:46 PM (#2860321)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Graham Sugdon

i was playing/ singing whiskey on a Sunday in a pub in St Abbs in 1976 after i finished a man came to me thanked me for my rendition of the song and introduced me to his elderly mother who could remember sitting and watching Seth Davy .
My father Bernard (1926 - 2007)made a dancing doll and used to have it dancing whilst i sang and played at family gatherings .
i still perform this song today and always enjoy the song, my fathers doll is residing in the loft and has never been dancing since he died .


12 Feb 12 - 06:27 PM (#3307153)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Tom Campbell

I learned this from a guy in the Fox & Vivian folk club in Leamington Spa in the 1970's.

Sep Davey.

He sat on the corner of Bebbington Bush Astride of an old packing case And the dolls on the end of a plank went dancing as he crooned with a smile on his face.

Chorus: Come day go day, wishing me heart for Sunday, Drinking Buttermilk all the week Whisky on a Sunday.

His tired old hand beat the wooden seat and the puppet dolls they danced so gear, A better show than you never have seen At the Pivvy or New Brighton Pier

Chorus.

Well in 1905, old Sep Davey died And his songs was heard no more And the three dancing dolls In a jowlie was ended And the plank went to mend a back door.

Chorus.

Now on cold stormy nights Down Scottie Road way When the wind howls up from the sea You can still hear the voice of old Sep Davey As he croons to his dancing dolls three.

Chorus.

Gear = Good Jowlie = Dustbin Pivvy = The Pavilion Theatre Scottie Road = Scotland Road


16 Apr 13 - 10:25 AM (#3504228)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST

He sat on the corner of Bevington Bush,
Astride an old packing case;
And the dolls at the end of the plank went dancing,
As he crooned with a smile on his face:

La, la, la, la.... Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart for Sunday;
La, la, la, la.... Drinking buttermilk all the week,
And it's whisky on a Sunday.

His tired old hands drummed the wooden beam,
And the puppets they danced t' gear;
A far better show then you ever would see,
At the Pivvy or New Brighton Pier.

La, la, la, la.... Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart for Sunday;
La, la, la, la.... Drinking buttermilk all the week,
And it's whisky on a Sunday.

But in 1902, old Seth Davy died,
His song it was heard no more;
The three dancing dolls in a jowler-bin ended,
The plank went to mend a back door.

La, la, la, la.... Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart for Sunday;
La, la, la, la.... Drinking buttermilk all the week,
And it's whisky on a Sunday.

But on some stormy nights, down Scotty Road way,
With the wind blowing in from the sea,
You can still hear the song of old Seth Davy,
As he crooned to his dancing dolls three:

La, la, la, la.... Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart for Sunday;
La, la, la, la.... Drinking buttermilk all the week,
And it's whisky on a Sunday.
La, la, la, la.... Drinking buttermilk all the week,
And it's whisky on a Sunday.

Bevington bush was a pub on Scotland Road (Scotty Rd)


16 Apr 13 - 12:07 PM (#3504284)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Snuffy

Bevington Bush is still a street in Liverpool 3 off Scotland Road (53.41542 -2.98363), but there isn't much left there now. Was the pub named after the street, or vice-versa?


16 Apr 13 - 06:44 PM (#3504488)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Noreen

Snuffy, the place came first-

see this page: LIVERPOOL'S GHOST STREETS: BEVINGTON BUSH:

In the middle of the 18th century, however, the fields around here were gold and green. Bevington Bush was a hamlet hunkered within a thickly wooded hill. The 'bush', was a patch of elevated land on which a profitable crop of corn grew. In 'A History of Corn Milling' ...Bevington Bush is listed as having four windmills in 1768. ... The tower of the most northerly mill was demolished in the 1960s....

Two centuries ago Bevington Bush was a pastoral idyll. City merchants used to enjoy nothing better, on a Sunday afternoon, than to stroll from the industry of town to the open fields of Bevington Bush ? the first village on the road to Preston.
They chose their route well. For Bevington Bush was home to a popular inn, perfectly placed for that reviving Sunday afternoon session.....

In his book Liverpool: Our City ? Our Heritage, (pub: Bluecoat Press) historian Freddie O'Connor reveals that "?In 1760, half a mile from St Patrick's Cross (in what's now Great Crosshall Street) along Bevington Bush Road was an inn called simply The Bush, which became a favourite haunt for folk to travel out into the country, to the Bevy Inn, as it became fondly known."

And before you say anything ? no, that's not why we say we're going for a bevvy. Obviously. Although 'The Bevvy' does get a mention in another book: Recollections of Old Liverpool (pub: Echo Press, Middlesex), "The sailors were very fond of going to the Bevington Bush Inn, or The Bevvy, with their sweethearts, and many a boisterous scene have I witnessed there. The view was really beautiful from the gardens?. Along the Scotland Road were cornfields, meadows and gardens?"
The gardens didn't last long. With the opening of Scotland Road the ancient hamlet of Bevington Bush soon became surrounded by our ever-growing city. But the inn remained ? even adding its own brewery, Hallsal Seager and Co, in 1834.


16 Apr 13 - 07:11 PM (#3504501)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Noreen

LIVERPOOL GREAT ? Seth Davy


17 Apr 13 - 03:20 AM (#3504629)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Snuffy

Apparently Dan Lowry (of Whip Jamboree fame) was also associated with Bevington Bush. According to the newspaper report shown here Liverpool Mercury, January 16th 1864
In the neighbourhood of Vauxhall Rd and Scotland Rd, and the immediate streets less damage was sustained. A house in Marlborough St, Scotland Rd, had the windows shattered. At the music hall "Dan Lowry's Music Saloon" Bevington Bush, a large plate glass window was broken, several of the pieces scattered on the pavement beneath.


17 Apr 13 - 05:53 PM (#3505018)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Noreen

Thanks Snuffy- that's fascinating, as is the rest of that site!


21 Jun 13 - 10:00 AM (#3528656)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,94Mikej

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0oNFnmvZcsI/TlvEX_PB7nI/AAAAAAAAADo/SlDtOmxKH48/s1600/Seth%2BDavy.jpg

Pic of Seth Davy at Bevington Bush, Liverpool (from a lantern slide, circa 1900)


21 Jun 13 - 04:04 PM (#3528794)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: breezy

I heard that the date in the song 1905 was not the year of Seth's death but was used because it rhymes.

I thought it was 1903 but I dont really know, but it was not 1905

B****y Nickemall Iris sh   !! ;-]

Saw Jackie and Bridie perform this at the Troubadour mid 60s got their vynil too

Spinners popularised this song so give em some credit otherwise Rolf 'Tie me Kanga down ' would never have sung it .

When i visited Blackpool in 1990 a busker in the market worked such dolls with his feet


21 Jun 13 - 06:46 PM (#3528837)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Noreen

breezy, what is the relevance of your offensive comment about the Irish? Would you rather Irish people didn't sing this song for some reason?

There is a major connection between Ireland and Liverpool for obvious reasons, so it would be very strange if each didn't sing the other's songs.


08 Sep 17 - 11:00 AM (#3875886)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Mick

Any additional info please on Glyn Hughes himself?


08 Sep 17 - 12:13 PM (#3875909)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: FreddyHeadey

Mick, there isn't much but see these other two threads
 Lyr Req: Whiskey on a Sunday
thread.cfm?threadid=91115#2421484 
&
Who is/was Glyn Hughes
thread.cfm?threadid=33415#2608823 

~~~~~~~~~
'glyn hughes' in the "Lyrics & Knowledge Search" box up in the top right corner will get you loads of hits but those seem to be the main threads mentioning him


08 Sep 17 - 12:33 PM (#3875915)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,bradfordian

Seth Davy Picture --Click


08 Sep 17 - 12:36 PM (#3875917)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Sol

Here's Seth Davy in action.
Seth Davy

As far as I know Glyn Hughes was a Liverpool journalist.
FWIW, Scotty Road = Scotland Road (where Cilla Black came from).


08 Sep 17 - 12:40 PM (#3875919)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Sol

Guest "bradfordian" beat me to it, with a better link as well.


08 Sep 17 - 12:44 PM (#3875923)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Nigel Parsons

From: GUEST,bradfordian - PM
Date: 08 Sep 17 - 12:33 PM

Seth Davy Picture --Click


Thanks Ian,
And just to add some confirmation, in the background of the picture, clearly shown (with name sign) the Bevington House Hotel


08 Sep 17 - 03:16 PM (#3875957)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Tunesmith

I recall singing Seth Davy" at Cyril Tawney's Plymouth club in 1967, and being surprised that nobody knew the song.


09 Sep 17 - 05:20 AM (#3876046)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Brakn

Looked in the 1901/1891 census for Liverpool for any Seth Davey/Davys, for any Seths and for any Davy/Daveys. Didn't find anything. Perhaps that was not his name.


09 Sep 17 - 08:01 AM (#3876080)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: SPB-Cooperator

looking through all three threads the versions seem to be contributor's recollections. Is there a version which is authenticated as Glyn Hughes' original song.


09 Sep 17 - 08:05 AM (#3876081)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST

Many Thanks to Freddy Headey. The trail
goes cold; it's known that he existed but
seems to have left no trail other than the
fine song. Another thread implied that his
Glyn Hughes name was a pseudonym. People are
also confusing the issue with talk of another
Glyn Hughes who was a Yorkshire Author & Poet
but he had a much longer innings. Tantalising
mystery to me that someone with all that talent
passed away at such a young age. Anyone got any
further clues about Glyn Hughes?


09 Sep 17 - 08:07 AM (#3876082)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: SPB-Cooperator

Brakn, possibly it is a reflection of the reliability of census data collection at that time.


09 Sep 17 - 08:25 AM (#3876088)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Brakn

You're probably right.


10 Sep 17 - 08:11 AM (#3876290)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: GUEST

From Stan Kelly via Liverpool Writers;
none of the links seem to work. Has says,
"Glyn Hughes wrote Seth Davey. I was dere
at de time, like. He died very young".???


10 Sep 17 - 08:28 PM (#3876417)
Subject: RE: Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday
From: Tattie Bogle

Just wondered which spirit he was drinking? (Whiskey: Irish or American, or Whisky: Scotch!?)