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A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath

16 Mar 01 - 09:28 AM (#419001)
Subject: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Wesley S

For myself I promise not to drink green beer on St. Patricks day. For that matter I promise not to sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". Anybody with me ??


16 Mar 01 - 09:31 AM (#419003)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: jeffp

I'll sign on to that. I will, however, be singing a "Danny Boy" parody.

jeffp


16 Mar 01 - 09:32 AM (#419006)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Sorcha

Yes, but I don't promise not to drink Guinness.......and if I go "out" I might HAVE to play Danny Boy. Requests, ya know.


16 Mar 01 - 10:12 AM (#419030)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: wysiwyg

You got it.

~S~


16 Mar 01 - 10:20 AM (#419040)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Maryrrf

I refuse to go to any Irish pubs on St. Patrick's day. I can't stand the green beer, Danny Boy, Unicorn, Tooralooralora,Galway Bay..... Anyway I'm kind of sorry St. Patrick drove the snakes/druids out of Ireland.


16 Mar 01 - 10:35 AM (#419043)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: DonMeixner

I promise to play what someone who has payed good money to be entertained by me requests. As long as I know the song and can do it justice. I won't open a book and read it just to comply with a wish and if I don't know the request I will do my best to perfrom their next favorite. After all I am working steady because they like what I do enough to come and hear the band as often as they do. Its not a matter of artistic integrity, its a matter of pleasing the public and doing good business in an art form I love.

Don


16 Mar 01 - 11:55 AM (#419118)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Mrrzy

I promise to try, once again, to learn to stand the taste of Guiness. If I should fail, may I make it up with the Powers that be! (LOL!)


16 Mar 01 - 12:00 PM (#419123)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: GUEST,Bald Eagle

Begorrah!


16 Mar 01 - 12:03 PM (#419128)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Bert

I probably won't be drinking green beer but I might not remember what I've been singing after drinking plenty of Guinness. I might even join Bald Eagle and sing Begorrah!


16 Mar 01 - 12:13 PM (#419141)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Matt_R

And I didn't bring any Irish music with me! All I have is Ash and JJ72!!


16 Mar 01 - 12:14 PM (#419142)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Mrs.Duck

What is green beer? I prefer Murphy's anyway and since I don't know the words to when Irish eyes are smiling I probably won't sing it. At least not unless I drink too much Jamiesons!!!!


16 Mar 01 - 12:14 PM (#419143)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Rick Fielding

Whew! I'm torn between my "holier than thou" cynicism about all the "overdone" Paddy/Irish staples required on St. Patrick's day gigs, and Don's "back to reality" thoughts on entertaining the folks who come out to hear the music.

Good post Donald my friend, you made me think. I'll be doing my pickin' with my friend luthier/guitarist Glen Reid, who like me, first became exposed as teenagers to Irish music through the Clancy Brothers..Whack fol the die-de-oh.

Rick


16 Mar 01 - 12:32 PM (#419153)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Amergin

Well, Mrs. Duck, here in the states some bars like to take crappy beer and make it worse, by adding this green food coloring to it.....


16 Mar 01 - 12:50 PM (#419169)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Midchuck

The bad news: I WILL sing Danny Boy. Unless bigchuck and my wife hold me down and stifle me, which they might. I like to see the terror and fascination in the eyes of the audience as I reach for the high note and they can't believe I can make it.

The good news: Our Saturday night gig is at a pub run by two English guys, so I can sing "The House of Orange" on St. Paddy's day and not get beaten up and thrown out.

Peter.


16 Mar 01 - 01:02 PM (#419177)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: SINSULL

I love Guinness, Danny Boy, and Toor Loora Loora and I will inflict all on whoever crosses my path tomorrow. Irish whiskey, corned beef, and the Unicorn Song - Look out! Here I come!


16 Mar 01 - 01:28 PM (#419200)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Jim Krause

Well, being of slightly warped constitution, and of Dutch ancestry, I will not only refuse to drink green bear (bleah!) refuse to sing Danny Boy (don't know the words anyway) but I will refuse to wear anything green. Instead, I will wear something blue, and drink Dutch beer, or at least a locally brewed oatmeal stout, which IMHO is ten times the drink Guinness is.
Gaunz kloa onn eenfach!
Jim


16 Mar 01 - 01:35 PM (#419215)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Jim Krause

Correction: that should be refuse to drink green beer. (Pash mee nuther one, willya Bob?) Although I might play Londonderry Air while out camping this week end.
Jim


16 Mar 01 - 01:37 PM (#419218)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Jim Krause

Correction: that should be refuse to drink green beer. (Pash mee nuther one, willya Bob?) Although I might play Londonderry Air while out camping this week end along with all the Thomas Moore songs I can think of. (Ah, now that's Irish. Wonder why he doesn't get more exposure than he does? Must have a bad publicist or something.)
Jim


16 Mar 01 - 01:49 PM (#419231)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Seamus Kennedy

Don Meixner, well said! Me too. It's all very well for well meaning amateurs to get on their high horses, but some of us do it for a living. Thanks, Don.

Seamus


16 Mar 01 - 01:49 PM (#419233)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: pattyClink

For all the too-cool-for-you types who have turned Danny Boy requests into a snobbish joke, here's the deal, and I speak for a few others:

When I hear Irish Eyes, I remember my dear sweet apple-cheeked mother's soprano as she took the time to teach me songs.

When I hear Danny Boy, I remember how much my Dad loved it, and how he was carried off to the eternal to its strains.

If I go somewhere on St. Patrick's, I expect to hear your chosen set only. But if you ask for requests, then try to honor them, and if you can't, it would be taking the higher ground if you could at least spare us the cheap 'humor' at the expense of traditions other people held dear. It's not as funny as you think.


16 Mar 01 - 02:47 PM (#419278)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Steve Latimer

Well said pattyClink.


16 Mar 01 - 03:01 PM (#419288)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Wesley S

I don't think it's a question of snobbery - the best song in the world can be overdone until people are sick of it. I don't care for the song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". I don't think that is disrespectful to anyones memory, it's just a matter of my own personal taste. I'm not a professional musician and I won't be in any bars tomorrow so this won't be a problem for me. Any musician who can't be respectful when given a request for a song is crude indeed and customers should vote with their wallets and their feet. I would.


16 Mar 01 - 03:26 PM (#419307)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: JedMarum

well, I'd sing Danny Boy at the drop of a hat. It's a lovely song, and I like to think I do it justice. I very much like DonMeixner's comments above, and will do waht I'm asked, if I can do it well enough.

I don't know the Unicorn, but guinnesschik deoa a nice veriosn, and I get to play banjo, so I hope it's asked for .... I've long loved touraloura, since my Dad sang it sooo beautifully, so - ditto, if it's its asked for, I'd be happy to oblige.

The truth is, St Patty's day is normally fun. Fun crowds, We've played our first show already - today a radio broadcast in Dallas from a record shop. We had 100 or so in attendence, many of whom don't know much Irish stuff, they listened intently and enjoyed. No one asked for Danny Boy. We have two shows tomorrow, and I know there will be requests for "Four Green Fields" and others, and then we're on to the Emerald Mist for the evening - where I expect all hell to break loose! I promise you we'll sing anything anyone asks for, and we have an ineterst in playing. If it's really bad, we'll ask them up to sing it for us!

Last year, I had several up from the audience, at times, 'helping' me sing, and I tried my very best not to have a laugh at their expense ... we managed to keep the tops on all the young women who thought they might want to show more of their finer assets. Ah, the Guinness does bring out the best in us! 400 American Irishmen (or at least Irishmen for the day) all jammed into the place ... we had too much fun.

I'll play whatever they ask!


16 Mar 01 - 03:30 PM (#419318)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: JedMarum

I do understand the comments, though about the stereotypical St Paddy's day stuff ... green beer just seems silly. And it can get a little much being asked for certain songs several times ... but we're lucky enough to play for a fairly (music) educated audience (not that you'll be able to tell that tomorrow) - in that we play frequentlyin the Irish pubs, and these folks are pretty familiar with lots of Irish and Celtic songs ... so maybe we're spared the worst of the stereotyping!


16 Mar 01 - 03:32 PM (#419320)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: JedMarum

and Jim Krause, I used to love oatmeal stout, when I could drink. So have one for me tomorrow!


16 Mar 01 - 03:49 PM (#419342)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Midchuck

Jed sed: ....we managed to keep the tops on all the young women who thought they might want to show more of their finer assets.

WHY?!? Were they real fat, old, and ugly? Even more than me? Are you a boobaphobe? Is this a side effect of being Irish? I don't get it!

Peter.


16 Mar 01 - 03:52 PM (#419346)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: JedMarum

Midchuck - lol, I guess I have to laugh now, maybe I should have let them go! No they were quite nice to look at, but I suspect we'd have had a different sort of show if I'd let that go on, and I had to work the rest of the night.

Maybe it's my Yankee upbringing!


16 Mar 01 - 03:55 PM (#419349)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Steve Latimer

I swear to wear my green shamrock that says "Mazel Tov".

I don't even remember where I got it, but I'll be wearing it tomorrow.

No green beer, a few Guinness, the finest brew in the world.


16 Mar 01 - 03:55 PM (#419350)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: JedMarum

mother's milk, Steve


16 Mar 01 - 04:10 PM (#419361)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Wesley S

Jed - That would be a scary looking breast that dispensed Guinness !


16 Mar 01 - 04:17 PM (#419370)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: JedMarum

LOL, Wes, ah but sweet none-the-less!


16 Mar 01 - 04:19 PM (#419372)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Steve Latimer

It would be fun to prime though.


16 Mar 01 - 04:29 PM (#419380)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: JedMarum

;-)


16 Mar 01 - 04:29 PM (#419381)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Jim Krause

To Seamus and pattyClink:
Far be it from me to rain on your parade. As an ootlaunda I don't feel much kinship with the Irish culture. Folks ask me if I fiddle Irish dance tunes. The answer is yes. And no. I don't fiddle in that Sligo style so beloved nowadays. The Irish songs I do sing were mostly written and adapted by Thomas Moore. But I do them in a way that suits me, not like Andy M. Stewart, who I realize is a Scot.

My apologies if I ruffled a few feathers. With a name like Krause, and with Friesens, Remiers, Schimdts, Duerksens, Loewens, Sawatzkys, Harders, and Warkentins, and so forth in my family tree, I don't feel too enthusiastic about St. Pat's Day.
Gruss fonn Jim no Kaunsaslaund wua de Kafee es heet, onn de Sproak es Plautdietsch


16 Mar 01 - 04:30 PM (#419383)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Hawker

For me Danny Boy will NEVER be an issue, My husband's previous fiancee LOVED the song and always wanted him to learn it, she died suddely of a mitral valve prolapse at the age of 24. He never learned it, never will and it brings back sad memories whenever he hears it. I will however partake of the Paddys / Old Bushmills (Green label!) disguised as coffee whilst I reel off as many 'Irish' songs etc as I can before I get thrown out the pub! - Hubby will be with me on that!
Lucy


16 Mar 01 - 04:42 PM (#419401)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Jande

I would *never* ruin a good beer by putting green dye in it, but I will tie a green ribbon around my glass of Guinness, and Sing Danny Boy and Irish Eyes with the best of them, and sing out a toast to all mudcatters everywhere. "We're all Irish under the skin (and all French, and all german, and all ukrainian, and all chinese and all spanish, etc, etc, etc...)!

:`)

~ Jande (Seanna Rowe)


16 Mar 01 - 04:50 PM (#419408)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Noreen

I've heard of the American St.Patrick's Day tradition of green beer, and I know about Danny Boy and When Irish Eyes are Smiling and even Tooralooraloora (though I've never heard it sung).

But could someone tell me about the Unicorn song? There are two on the DT, neither of which seem particularly Irish. And what's Irish about corned beef? I thought it came from South America?

Please enlighten me.

(Our main tradition as Liverpool Irish was to wear an enormous bunch of shamrock pinned to the front of our school jumpers- Granny would post a box of fresh shamrock over to us every year for the day...)

Noreen


16 Mar 01 - 04:55 PM (#419414)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Steve Latimer

The Unicorn Song (THere were green alligators...) was done by a Toronto group, The Irish Rovers. They were quite popular here in the seventies, even had their own show. They were Irish, but my Dublin raised Father always thought they were pretty phony. I don't remember too much about them. They are still playing though, I saw an advertisement in the paper for them recently.


16 Mar 01 - 05:01 PM (#419417)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Noreen

Thanks Steve, I see a possible link now.


16 Mar 01 - 05:02 PM (#419420)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Steve Latimer

You're welcome Noreen.


16 Mar 01 - 05:05 PM (#419421)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: GUEST,Mark

I'm living in a community now where St. Paddy's Day isn't celebrated so I'm going to play some Clancy's and Tommy Makem, and The Fables while drinking some Jameson's with a few friends. I will definitely miss going to O'Reilly's Pub in St. John's, Nfld. and taking part in the festivities! Cheers!


16 Mar 01 - 05:05 PM (#419422)
Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
From: Jim Krause

I remember the Irish Rovers had a couple of hits in the US in the mid '60s such as:
  • Tie Me Kangaroo Down, and
  • The Unicorn Song
    I always thought they were a very funny novelty group. Oh, and corned beef? I thought that was Jewish. Isn't that what they put in Reuben sandwiches?
    Jim


  • 16 Mar 01 - 05:46 PM (#419450)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Bert

    Corned beef. It's the same stuff that Londoners' claim as their own in the song "Boiled Beef and Carrots"

    But whoever has rightful claim it is absolutely delicious. Tree has had a batch (3 whole briskets) curing for some weeks now, and all the neighbors are descending on us for the feast.

    Bert.


    16 Mar 01 - 05:49 PM (#419454)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Jim Krause

    Bert, where do you live? Can I come? I love corned beef. With kraut, with cabbage, with or without rye bread. Great stuff.
    Jim


    17 Mar 01 - 04:02 AM (#419792)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: GUEST,Janette

    I think all who don't like good Irish folk should stay out of the pubs on Paddy's night and let those of us who enjoy it have a really good night. I go for the joy of playing the music and having a beer or three with some faces old and new! We will be playing fiddlers green, no matter how many times it's been played before. Long live tradition.


    17 Mar 01 - 04:06 AM (#419797)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Amergin

    My oath is to not remember tomorrow night and to nurse myself sunday at work.....


    17 Mar 01 - 06:42 AM (#419831)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: paddymac

    'Tis a day of irony, indeed. Although the day is ostensibly a birthday celebration, it actually commemorates the date (at least according to legend) that Ol' Paddy died (in 493AD) along the shores of Strangford Lough. He's also one of the few folks from the "big island" that Irishmen seem to hold in high regard (along with Art Guiness and Jack Charlton). Moreover, many folks would not consider his impact on Ireland to be an unmitigated good. I imagine that the brewers and distillers of the world probably hold him dear, maube even think of him as a patron saint. It's for certain that he knows how to cause many a good party. And he' a very considerate fellow, having his party two days ahead of st joe. "Party for Paddy" today, recuperate tomorrow, and then engage in a bit of "Gluttony for Joe" at your favorite Italian restaurant on the 19th. It would be a big help to me if 'catter's who celebrate similar "days" from other cultural traditions would share their klnowledge with the rest of us. That way we could amass a "book of party days", for the betterment of mankind, of course.


    17 Mar 01 - 07:58 AM (#419842)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Lanfranc

    If asked, being an old pedant, I will probably sing "Danny Boy", but substitute "Eily Dear" as I always use the male's lyrics wherever possible. Sometimes causes slight confusion in the audience, but 98percent of the words are the same,and it makes more sense, if anyone thinks about or listens to the lyrics.

    I will also avoid any of the plastic pseudo-Irish pubs that have proliferated in recent years. Anyone who has experienced the real thing would do the same.

    I will consume any Guinness, Jamesons, Paddy, Old Bushmills or Tullamore Dew that may be placed in front of me.

    But no rebel songs, however much they pay me, if asked, I will sing instead:

    "Against all Satan's spells and wiles, Against false words of heresy, Against the knowledge that defiles, Against the heart's idolatry, Against the wizard's evil craft, Against the deathwound and the burning, the choking wave, the poisoned shaft, Protect me, Christ, till thine returning. Against the demon snares of sin, The vice that gives temptation force, The natural lusts that war within, The hostile men that mar my course, Or few or many, far or nigh, In every place and in all hours, Against their fierce hostility, I bind to me these holy powers."

    The author? St Patrick, of course!


    17 Mar 01 - 08:07 AM (#419846)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Mrs.Duck

    Just to stop the confusion-boiled beef and corned beef are not the same. Corned beef comes in tins even if you buy it at the deli counter. Boiled beef and carrots is another name for stew. Oh and Wesley believe me a few glasses of guiness produces mothers milk that it thick creamy and has a head on top. Mine all loved it!


    17 Mar 01 - 08:46 AM (#419857)
    Subject: X-Posted Rant!
    From: Clinton Hammond

    Ha-gack...

    Plastic paddy, green beer, shamrock and leprechaun puke!?! What has this to do with St. PATRICK???

    I'm too busy today playing music for drunk stupid people who don't know or care the half of it... The $$ is great, but it takes me until May before I can look at myself in the mirror, 38 hours of playing Wild Rover, Black Velvet Band Mush a ring rumma cram it up yer hole with walnuts and pretending to like it... Green plastic hats on idiots who wouldn't know a saint if one touched their head and raised their IQ above their shoe size...

    I have no problem at all with a drunk fest, but don't try to dress it up as a 'cultural' event...

    And when I'm hauling gear in or out of the pub, stay the feck out of my way thanks! I have too much crap to do today to put up with your moist, stanky-ass green-dye#25 breath wanting to hear Drunken Sailor ONE MORE TIME!!! Sing it yer fecking self!!!

    And to top it all off, we're getting 8 to10 toeven possibly 12 cm of snow today!!! You can blow St Patrick's Day out yer arse!


    17 Mar 01 - 02:15 PM (#420005)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Mrs.Duck

    Oh Clinton where's your sense of fun!!I may not be drinking green beer tonight but I did succomb to the idea of dying my hair green. If I wasn't teaching on Monday I'd keep it that way but maybe I'll do it again for folk week.
    Slainte


    17 Mar 01 - 02:56 PM (#420024)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Hollowfox

    Jim Krause, don't worry about not being Irish, after all, St. Patrick wasn't either. And you have the privilege of being Orange without being Irish.*g* The Orange/Green conflict doesn't mean as much in my town anymore as it once did. I'm told that, many years ago, a distant uncle of mine would cut out a vest for himself from a paper grocery bag (that's how long ago this was, they were all apparently an orangish color) and go out to the bars for a little recreational brawling.
    Me, what Irish in me is Orange, but I'll celebrate anything I can get away with, so it's the whole range of songs for me tonight, from traditional to pseudo-Irish stage songs, topped off with a drop of something good that I'll neither mix with food coloring nor beer. Have fun, all.


    17 Mar 01 - 03:12 PM (#420031)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Amergin

    Well, my oath is going to be broken...my bloody bank won't let me access the money that I just deposited last night....I am not happy.


    17 Mar 01 - 05:08 PM (#420078)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: McGrath of Harlow

    O had some green beer one time - it wasn't for St Patrick's, because that disgusting idea has never caught on the right side of the Atlantic, it was some ecological concoction the landlord had got in as an experiment that was that colour naturally.

    But he couldn't sell it, so he gave free samples galore in the end. After a while it tasted quite good, nothing like beer, but OK.

    But as for singing songs you don't like to people you don't like, and hating yourself for it, as Clinton lamented, what's the point of that? There's better ways of getting money, and if the music isn't fun to play surely it's no fun to listen to, and it's a kind of treachery, the kind of thing that kills it.

    And as for Jim Krause, Dutch counts as Irish. Ireland is full of them - their was a Frying Dutchman ran a fast-food wagon in the carpark next to Cahir Castle for years, and very well liked. The only complaint I've got against the Dutch is that in my experience, they always seem to insist on playing Irish music, and won't play their own music so that the rest of us can share it. But maybe that's just in the Netherlands.


    17 Mar 01 - 08:58 PM (#420184)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Joe Offer

    Well, I'm going to church on St. Patrick's Day. We've got free corned beef & cabbage, and free beer - all I have to do is wash dishes...


    17 Mar 01 - 09:19 PM (#420195)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: GUEST,No


    17 Mar 01 - 09:23 PM (#420197)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: GUEST,Noreen

    oops- that was me...strange computer...

    Joe, is this the same 'corned beef' as Mrs. Duck and I are talking about, that comes in tins??

    I don't think I've ever had corned beef in Ireland, and wouldn't consider it particularly Irish. Any information please?

    Noreen


    17 Mar 01 - 11:25 PM (#420255)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: granny

    Shamrocks Banned in Boston? A British newspaper says Bostonians have outlawed the symbol of Irish pride just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Is it true - or just another Urban Legend? http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/weekly/aa031401a.htm

    --Just found this!


    18 Mar 01 - 12:09 AM (#420282)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: GUEST,BigDaddy

    I'm with Don Meixner on this one. Cheers!


    18 Mar 01 - 02:02 PM (#420492)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Clinton Hammond

    I though the harp was the symbol of Ireland, not some stupid weed done up in plastic...


    18 Mar 01 - 02:15 PM (#420499)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Willie-O

    Well, you're gonna play what you're gonna play, for whatever perfectly good reasons you have.

    But the green beer...eeeooooouuuuuu.

    That's the only colour of beer I never have any regrets about giving up. Talk about aversion therapy...

    W-O


    18 Mar 01 - 04:57 PM (#420562)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Seamus Kennedy

    Hey, guys, you can't TASTE the green in green beer. Close your eyes. American corned beef and Irish/Brit corned beef are two different critters. American is a Jewish delicacy that's usually brisket of beef (silversides and such) pickled in brine. The Irish Brit version (such as Fray Bentos) is not pickled to the best of my knowledge, and is sold in a can which you open with a key. Personally, I prefer a big Ulster fry or a bowwl of Champ.

    Seamus


    18 Mar 01 - 10:27 PM (#420669)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Noreen

    Sounds good to me, Seamus! Thanks for enlightening me.

    Now... why is American/Jewish corned beef served for St Patrick's day?

    Noreen
    floggingadeadcowhorse


    19 Mar 01 - 12:18 AM (#420681)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: alison

    I'm with Seamus on this one..... I had a big bowl of Irish stew sitting looking at Sydney harbour bridge.... I'll make champ myself tonight.....

    I had never even heard of corned beef and cabbage when I was at home... but the Americans (I was in florida one St Pats)and Aussies seem to think it's what we have....

    actually the only corned beef I had at home came out of a Fray Bentos tin!!!!! *grin*

    I drove 150km between gigs on St Pat's played 3 long gigs.... then another all day one on the Sunday..... entertaining passers-by at the foot of the harbour bridge.... great views....... and lots of tourists stopping for photos of this red headed irish girl in a green rugby shirt playing the whistle.... so if any of your relatives come back with this photo with the bridge or opera house in the background... its ME!!!!! hahahaha

    only played Danny Boy once....WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!

    and managed to get onto the national news playing "whiskey in the jar"........ great fun..... and not one drop of the vile black stuff.......

    slainte

    alison


    19 Mar 01 - 12:40 AM (#420690)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Bert

    Ah there Mrs. D. The corned beef on this side of the pond is the same as salt beef in England.


    19 Mar 01 - 02:30 AM (#420723)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Troll

    The beer was no problem since I don't drink, but the songs are a different matter. Three out of four of my St. Pats gigs were in "retirement" homes and the residents love the old chestnuts. I sang Danny Boy and we all sang When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Tooralooraloora, and My Wild Irish Rose. And then we sang 'em again.
    The fourth gig was at The Shamrock, a college bar owned by an expat Irishman and HE wanted Danny Boy and The Black Velvet Band.
    The crowd sang along. It was great fun.

    troll


    19 Mar 01 - 11:36 AM (#420872)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: LR Mole

    AND "The Unicorn" was written by the late, lamented Shel Silverstein. Oy!


    19 Mar 01 - 01:59 PM (#421012)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: McGrath of Harlow

    I imagine because it tastes OK.

    Should be boiled bacon really, to be traditional. But if it tastes good, eat it, is a tradition too, going back to famine times.


    19 Mar 01 - 11:25 PM (#421287)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Wotcha

    Well in Chicago, the River was green, and Mayor Daley got pride of place in his ... er ... the St Pat Day's Parade: it seems that he is president of every Irish society in town (according to the logos on the floats) ... I wonder why ... most enlightening. And the pipes (Scottish) played "Scotland the Brave" I don't think anyone picked it up.
    Cheers,
    Brian


    20 Mar 01 - 07:11 PM (#422006)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: GUEST,jcf@world.std.com

    -- And I think that of St Patrick's Day, St Patrick hadn't heard. -- Ogden Nash

    The story about the banning of shamrocks in (public housing in) Boston is a canard.


    02 May 05 - 01:43 PM (#1476583)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Nigel Parsons

    Lanfranc mention above the use of the alternate words for Danny Boy.
    I found his post as it was the only 'Hit' I got putting "Eily dear" in the SuperSearch. I had just been going through some old sheet music, and found Danny Boy, and was not aware of alternate lyrics for a man singer.
    To get the alternate lyrics on-site, my next post will be a "LyricsAdd" Taken from a "New Edition copyright 1918 Boosey & Co"

    Nigel


    02 May 05 - 02:01 PM (#1476612)
    Subject: RE: A St. Patrick's Day Mudcat Oath
    From: Nigel Parsons

    Eily Dear lyrics posted in more suited thread

    Nigel