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The Highwayman

Mannaggia la pupazza! C'era già!

Siccome ho passato la mattinata a comporre una pagina per questa canzone, almeno contribuisco quella che sarebbe stata l'introduzione... hai visto mai che ci sia qualche info aggiuntiva.

Versi pubblicati sul semestrale scozzese “Blackwood's Magazine”, poi nella raccolta “Forty Singing Seamen and Other Poems” pubblicata l’anno seguente

Molti artisti hanno messo in musica questa lunga poesia, anche in adattamenti e riduzioni. Fra di loro i compositori Deems Taylor (nel 1914) e C. Armstrong Gibbs (nel 1933) ma più recentemente questi versi di Noyes hanno interessato persino Phil Ochs (nel suo album I Ain't Marching Anymore del 1966, con una versione abbastanza fedele), Stevie Nicks dei Fleetwood Mac (nel suo album solista “Bella Donna” del 1981), Loreena McKennitt (nel 1997) ed Andy Irvine (nel 2000)

Un affascinante ed innominato bandito nell’Inghilterra... (Continues)
B.B. 2017/12/4 - 13:06
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The Spirit of Mother Jones

Words and Music by Andy Irvine

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1837 – 30 November 1930) was an Irish-born American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She helped coordinate major strikes and cofounded the Industrial Workers of the World.

Jones worked as a teacher and dressmaker, but after her husband and four children all died of yellow fever in 1867 and her dress shop was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, she began working as an organizer for the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers union. From 1897, at about 60 years of age, she was known as Mother Jones. In 1902 she was called “the most dangerous woman in America” for her success in organizing mine workers and their families against the mine owners. In 1903, to protest the lax enforcement of the child labor laws in the Pennsylvania mines and silk mills, she organized a children’s march from Philadelphia to the home of President Theodore Roosevelt in New York.
Mother Jones is dead and gone she could no longer stay
Contributed by dq82 2017/4/10 - 15:53
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Parole e musica di Andy Irvine
La canzone che apre il suo album “Way Out Yonder”

“In their early and most vociferous career in Australia, just before, during and after the First World War, they stood up in a rage against the Government’s plan to introduce Conscription.
When the people of Australia–twice–voted against Conscription, the Government under W.M. Hughes (“The Little Digger”) decided to make the IWW illegal. This it did by fair means and foul. Mainly the latter. Barker was, at the time, editor of the IWW newspaper, Direct Action and he was jailed for printing a cartoon of a soldier, crucified on a guncarriage while Mr. Fat–the Financier–raised his glass to war profits.

I first heard of Tom Barker in London when I was a young man. He was famous for having flown the Red Flag from St Pancras Town Hall, while he was Mayor there.
The IWW hall in Sydney was originally at 330... (Continues)
I’ll tell you all a story that perhaps you do not know
2016/11/14 - 14:03
Song Itineraries: World War I (1914-1918)
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When the Boys Are on Parade

Parole e musica di Marcus Turner (1956-2016), cantautore neozelandese.

Turner è prematuramente scomparso qualche mese fa, a soli due anni dalla morte dell’amata moglie Anne.
Nell’album di Andy Irvine “Way Out Yonder”, pubblicato nel 2000
Here they come marching past the houses, shiny boots and khaki blouses
Contributed by Bernart Bartleby 2016/11/14 - 13:10
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Thousands Are Sailing

Starting from the period of the Great Famine, departures were generally celebrated during an evening of praying, music, story telling and dancing, called the ‘American wake’. Leaving the country was generally regarded on a par with death, as very few exiles ever returned home

Sung by Deanta, Planxty, Andy Irvine
song with the same title of a song by Pogues
So good luck to those people and safe may they land
Contributed by dq82 2015/11/11 - 13:29
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The Bonny Light Horseman / Broken-Hearted I Wander

2014/1/25 - 20:15
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Pat Reilly

Magistralmente interpretata dai Planxty di Christy Moore ed Andy Irvine, che la ‎incisero nel 1973 nell’album intitolato “The Well Below The Valley”, lo stesso della famosa ‎‎As I Roved Out.‎

Nota anche con il diverso titolo di “Johnny Gallagher” (o Collishaw, o Coughlin, o Golicher), è una ‎canzone ottocentesca inglese contro il reclutamento militare, che all’epoca avveniva spesso e ‎volentieri in modo forzato e violento oppure approfittando dello stato personale dei malcapitati, ‎sovente giovani disoccupati o dediti a piccoli crimini o all’alcol e quindi disperati o ricattabili. ‎

It bein' on a monday morning, it bein' our pay day
Contributed by Bernart 2013/7/16 - 15:53
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Prince Among Men

Album "Rain on the Roof"
His dad was a miner and his granddad was too
Contributed by The Lone Ranger 2010/5/24 - 22:49

Blood And Gold / Mohacs

Album "No More To The Dance"

Secondo quanto viene asserito qui, si tratterebbe di una canzone composta da Andy Irvine e Jane Cassidy, ma certamente non nei primi anni '90...
On rides a captain and 300 soldier lads
Contributed by Alessandro 2009/9/23 - 13:46
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A Forgotten Hero

Album “Irish Times” (con il gruppo “Patrick Street”)

Testo trovato su Mudcat con il seguente commento:

Michael Davitt was born in Straide Co. Mayo in 1846. His family was evicted in his earliest years and he went to work in a Lancashire cotton mill at the age of nine, losing his right arm in a Doffing engine accident when he was just eleven years old. Imprisoned in brutal circumstances in 1870, his health was permanently impaired. He founded the Land League in 1879 and in the land war which followed, he organised the tenant farmers to defy their landlords for the first time. Through his life, Davitt was driven by a sense of justice for the common man and though dogged by poverty and misfortune, he never waiwered from his principles or gave way to bitterness. In his last will he wrote: “To all my friends I leave kind thoughts, to my enemies the fullest possible forgiveness and to... (Continues)
The Landlord's agents standing with their crowbars in their hands,
Contributed by Alessandro 2009/7/14 - 14:22
Song Itineraries: Heroes

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