Tag: song

The Queen of Hearts still making tarts

Sunday, 17 November, 2013 0 Comments

“On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion’s pledge, The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay — O I loved too much and by such by such is happiness thrown away.” The song version of […]

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Whalers a cappella

Saturday, 17 August, 2013

Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes are The Ballina Whalers (pronounced Bal-en-a, by the way). Singing a cappella, they carry on a musical tradition that goes back over hundreds of years in which shanties tell of whaling ships, raging storms, hardship before the mast and lost love. No ballads of sunken oil rigs or over-fishing by rapacious Spanish trawlers here. Nothing, either, about the plight of polar bears affected by warmism. The next generation of seafarers or shanty composers will have to tackle those subjects.


Friday, 5 July, 2013 0 Comments

clouds “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still some how
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Bows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way.”

Joni Mitchell

As I roved out in Austin, Texas

Saturday, 19 May, 2012

Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, Sam Amidon is a singer who’s not afraid to give the classics of the folk tradition a spin around the musical block. As I Roved Out was was collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1904 from a Mr. Broomfield, in the village of East Hornden, in Essex. Williams wrote, “the tune […]

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