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Matthew Edwards Cooney the Tinker (5) RE: Cooney the Tinker 13 Mar 13

Delighted to be able to help out George; I'd love to hear the song being sung. It has such glorious and exuberant language, with some masterful rhyming, assonance and alliteration. I really relish the line about "Angry grew each mottled feature of the Carla' Scallion Eater!", although I'd want to be careful about repeating it in public!

I think that P J McCall (1861-1919) deserves a bit more attention; he is the author of some excellent songs such as Boolavogue, The Boys of Wexford [attributed to Robert Dwyer Joyce?], Kelly the Boy from Killane, and Follow Me Up To Carlow. He was also a song collector whose collection of country songs and street ballads are in the National Library of Ireland; these have been copied in 13 volumes for deposit in the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

There is a recent biography Glory O! Glory O! by Liam Gaul, which looks very interesting, but I hope that Martin or Fergus will be along to add something more, perhaps in a separate thread dedicated to P J McCall.


PS I tried to post this earlier today but then the whole Mudcat website crashed which I hope wasn't my fault!

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