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Posted By: GUEST
01-Feb-19 - 05:45 AM
Thread Name: Burns' Night Before Jarama
Subject: RE: Burns' Night Before Jarama
No idea. I'd like to know though. They sang the songs they already knew, which for the Scots Brigaders, would include a lot of Burns. His reputation as a 'People's Poet' meant his songs were well known on across Europe. 'My luve is like a red red rose' was certainly popular in the ex-brigaders families I knew. Which proves nothing. Then as now the Scots and the Irish had more songs, and more of a singing tradition. There are accounts, with specific songs, of various other impromptu concerts in Spain. The songs the British sang came from schools, scout camps, music Halls, Woolworths song sheets, rugby clubs, not all, or mostly, overtly political. John Cornford,John Sommerfield & Bernard Knox obliged with 'She was Poor but she was Honest' when asked for a British Worker's song in the University City during the defence of Madrid, and an there's an account, can't put my finger on it now of a Christmas concert that included, 'How Can a Guinea Pig Show he's Pleased when he doesn't have a Tail to Wag?'