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PapaWhiskey Lyr Req: The Bold Fenian Men (25) RE: Lyr Req: The Bold Finian Men 08 Dec 03


There's An arrangement in the Richard Dyer-Bennet Folk Song Book (Library of Congress number 74-167742) as "Bold Fenian Men (Irish Street Ballad)'. Here's his introduction:

"Just after the Second World War there came to America a young Irish tenor named Christopher Lynch, a protégé of John McCormick. He replaced Richard Crooks on the old Firestone radio show, and one night I heard him sing this fine song about the Fenians, the 19th-century Irish nationalists. I could not find the song in any Irish song collection, and I asked a friend, James O'Beirne, if he knew Lynch's singing of it. 'Hell, I taught it to him!' said O'Beirne, and promptly sang it to me. Where Jim learned it I don't know."


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