And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda: Liam Clancy

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  1. Spaceman Says:

    You’ll like this too…

  2. Spaceman Says:

    Glad you enjoyed, it is a really good song. Most civil war songs are about Rebs, but I thought you had a great version of “Blue-eyed Boston Boy” posted a few months back, though I might not be recollecting right. And in these parts, the Civil War is still not considered a completely closed matter. Ha!

    Del McCoury’s band is first-rate bluegrass of the very highest caliber. He’ll be in Norwalk & Derry a few days from now.

    Oh, and the movie quotes from a week or so ago were, of course, from “The Outlaw, Josey Wales”, which is fertile ground for quotes. “Josey Wales an easy man to track, leaves dead men wherever he goes.”

    • Kat Says:

      Spaceman,
      I did post Blue-eyed Boston Boy, and I do have a few more Northern songs in my files. We, of course, consider the war long ago over and finished.

      I have a few Del McCoury Band music in my files. I suspect the music was introduced by someone and I listened and liked it, probably wouldn’t have found it on my own.

      I ended up cheating and googling to find out the movie. It has been so long since I’ve seen it I had forgotten.

  3. Ted Says:

    Hi, Kat. I hope you weathered the two storms OK down on the Cape. All well here in Maine.

    Liam Clancy does a fine job on this song, but don’t forget to mention the songwriter, Eric Bogle, a Scottish transplant to Australia. I saw him in concert here in Maine a few years ago and it was a highlight of my whole year, having been a fan of his since the late ’80s.

    Bogle’s songs No Man’s Land (also called The Green Fields of France) and his All the Fine Young Men are also good songs for Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day. They honor the vets without glorifying war one bit. And he has a number of other anti-war songs too, some of them less polite than these. Also some great ballads and bawdy humor.

    • Kat Says:

      Ted,
      We were spared down here from the hurricane though the nor’easter which came later was fierce with torrential rain.

      I have played Eric Bogle singing this many times on Veteran’s Day so I did the switch to Liam this year just for a change. I am, of course, quite partial to the Bogle. I think he would be perfect for the First Encounter Coffee House in Eastham. I saw Eric Anderson and Gordon Bok there, and that was a perfect venue for both of them. I think it would also be for Eric.

      I have also played The green Fields of France here but it was a long while ago so I’d forgotten it. Thanks on his second one as I haven’t ever played it. I’m going to go hunt it down on iTunes!

      • Ted Says:

        I’m glad you’re a Bogle fan too. He was at the Blue Goose in Northport, Maine (small wooden building in a small town) in November 2005, and the place wasn’t exactly packed, which was too bad for him and John Munro but great for the rest of us. I went up and chatted with them during intermission, and they’re very available for that. He talked about being in Bar Harbor in 2001, during the 9/11 terrorist attack, and played a song about it. A truly great performance by both of them.

        I don’t see on his website when he’ll be in the States again, but he seems to like it in small venues like these, so here’s hoping.

        One interesting phenomenon is his technique of singing tear-jerking, heart-wrenching songs about war or lost love or death, then following it unabashedly with an unbelievably funny, bawdy song like Little Gomez, a song about a chihuahua with a hyperactive sex drive, or, Do You Sing any Dylan? which pokes fun at another of my favorite singers and his fans. The comic relief does help after hearing something like And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda or one of his others.

        See ericbogle.net for more, including lyrics.

      • Ted Says:

        Nostalgia got the best of me, and I just played Singing the Spirit Home on youtube. It’s about a black South African during the apartheid period, and this was about the time, in the ’80s, when I was introduced to Eric Bogle by a friend who had been a missionary in South Africa, even wound up in jail himself for helping blacks in one of the homelands.

        That’s John Munro in the white shirt with guitar. He often plays mandolin too, and it was just the two of them here in Maine. Great.

        Check this out:

  4. Kat Says:

    Ted,
    Eric Bogel would love my coffee house. It used to be a church and has that white New England church look about it. The trip is a bit long for me, insular as I am, but we always do dinner first then go down cape. Woods Hole also has a small folk venue and Bill Staines is there often.

    Some of his songs are certainly heart-wrenching. I always think folk music does that well: tells the truth of life as painful as it can sometimes be. I love that he lifts up his audience with something bawdy: folk music also does that well though sometimes hidden in allegory.

    I hadn’t ever heard this song before. Talk about heart-wrenching: a song about a man on his way to his death whose spirit is lifted by the songs and prayers of the other prisoners and who, in the end, is hanged.


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