Anthony Archibald - 5-String Banjo - Guitar: Nickety, Nackety (Including lyrics and chords) I found this song having read a thread on mudcat café. From the title of the thread, I had assumed that it was about a song I have uploaded in the past, namely The Wee Cooper of Fyfe, but it turns out this is an American song, probably originating from the 'Cooper', but with a different theme and chorus. I listened to a 1927 recording of the song by Chubby Parker who sang it with a banjo accompaniment, but when I tried it with the banjo, it did not sound right, so I have used by guitar and a chord progression I picked out by ear.
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Anthony Archibald - 5-String Banjo
Guitar: Nickety, Nackety (Including lyrics and chords) I found this song having read a thread on mudcat café. From the title of the thread, I had assumed that it was about a song I have uploaded in the past, namely The Wee Cooper of Fyfe, but it turns out this is an American song, probably originating from the 'Cooper', but with a different theme and chorus. I listened to a 1927 recording of the song by Chubby Parker who sang it with a banjo accompaniment, but when I tried it with the banjo, it did not sound right, so I have used by guitar and a chord progression I picked out by ear.
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Guitar: Killeter Fair (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Ken Shuttlesworth introduced me to this song, the only other version on YouTube has been done by Raymond Crooke. https://youtu.be/dkjFKhABHA4 The following article comes from Wikipedia: Killeter (from Irish: Coill Íochtair, meaning "lower wood") is a small village and townland near Castlederg in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 147. Killeter has a yearly August fair, which celebrates the diversity and richness of rural life. The village itself sits along an ancient pilgrimage trail which winds its way to Lough Derg. The national cycle network traverses part of this trail, which is bounded to the west by Killeter Forest. There's a song on RCA's label Ireland's Greatest Hits titled Killeter Fair, sung by Leo McCaffrey. The lyrics aren't found on the internet, but the closest match link is listed on Irelandseye.com Following the link given, I discovered the song, described as a poem written by Jimmy Quigley, but on checking out another site, (Speedy deletion Wiki) I found an extra verse which I have included in my own interpretation. The tune the poem is set to is the same as "The Garden Where The Praties Grow"
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12-string Guitar: I'd Love You To Want Me (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by IGOR OZKARSKI, "I'd Love You to Want Me" is the title of a popular song from 1972 by Lobo (the stage name of Roland Kent LaVoie). He wrote the song, which appears on his album Of a Simple Man. It is not one I recall, but to fulfill the request, I am using my 12-string guitar and chord progression I found on Ultimate-Guitar.
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Guitar: Old John Braddelum (Including lyrics and chords) From time to time, the memory throws up random recollections from the past. When I woke this morning, I started singing this song which I had not heard for over forty years. Old John Braddelum was one of the songs from the BBC radio series 'Singing Together' some time in the early 1970s. Children in my class sang it at a school concert. We had a 'wall' painted on stiff cardboard that stretched the length of the stage. Children were standing behind the wall singing the chorus each time it came round, but the verses were sung by individual children who were crouched down behind the wall until their verse when they popped up to sing it, joined by the choir for the chorus. When it came to verse eight, the audience got a surprise when instead of a child popping up to sing the verse, I appeared!
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Guitar: The White Cliffs Of Dover (Including lyrics and chords) Commenting on my video of "We'll Meet Again", which I uploaded in May of 2015, William Butler asked me to do a video of "The White Cliffs of Dover". On checking my song files, I discovered that I had the lyrics and chords, so must have intended to upload it around the same time, but it slipped my memory. So today I correct that omission. As with "We'll Meet Again", "The White Cliffs of Dover" was made famous by Dame Vera Lynn who will be celebrating her 100th birthday in March and will be releasing a new album a few days before her birthday. The song was written in 1941 by Walter Kent with lyrics by Nat Burton. The chord progression I am using is reputedly how it was performed by Jim Reeves.
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Guitar: The Holy Ground (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a version of this song years ago when I first began to present songs on YouTube. On that occasion, I used a finger-style accompaniment throughout, but this time I only play the introduction that way, strumming the rest of the time. Wikipedia has the following about the song: The Holy Ground is a local place name in the town of Cobh, County Cork, on the southern coast of Ireland. The song "The Holy Ground" is named after this area. The name is ironic, the piece of ground known as the Holy Ground was the town's red-light district in the 19th century when the town, then known as Queenstown, was a major stopping point for ships crossing the Atlantic and had a large throughput of seafarers. Although the song is now closely associated with Cobh in Co Cork, it probably originated in Wales where it was known as Old Swansea Town Once More, or sometimes as The Lass of Swansea Town.
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Autoharp: Gentle Annie (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a different song by this title some time ago, that one being written by 'the father of American folk music', Stephen Foster. At the time, my YouTube friend Raymond Crooke commented that he knew another song by the same title which Tommy Makem used to perform. I looked up that song, (both Raymond's version and Tommy's), but never got around to recording it myself for some reason. So, having been reminded of this a couple of days ago, I have now done this version using my autoharp for accompaniment, and as today is our monthly meeting of the Manx Autoharp Group, I felt it appropriate to upload it now. This song I believe was written by Tommy Makem, and in one of his videos he introduces it by reciting beautifully the poem, The Dawning of the Day, or Raglan Road. I uploaded the song The Shores of Normandy a couple of days ago which uses the melody of the song The Dawning of the Day, so this is another reason that it is appropriate for me to upload this song today.
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Guitar: Shores of Normandy (Including lyrics and chords) Shores of Normandy is a poem written by Jim Radford and set to the tune, "The Dawning of the Day", also known as "Raglan Road". I received a request from Lee Moran for this one and this is my first attempt at it, the chord progression I played without reference to any source but my own ears. "D Day" was originally supposed to be 5th June, but unseasonable storms delayed the invasion by a day and even then the seas were rough. (This happened in 1944. I was born a year later on June 5th 1945).
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Guitar: Hand Loom Weavers’ Lament (Including lyrics and chords) This is another song from the Deep Lancashire LP that Lee Moran directed me to. I have not come across this one before, and have worked out my own chord progression after listening to Harry Boardman's version on the LP. Harry used a banjo, but I am using my guitar. In the first verse, the expression: "...it's enough to make you crill" had me a bit flummoxed...."crill" is a Lancashire dialect word used when something made your flesh creep or made you shudder in horror.
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Guitar: Beg Your Leave (Including lyrics and chords) Like my last two uploads, namely "A Mon Like Thee" and "The Rawtenstall Annual Fair", this song is one from an LP called "Deep Lancashire". My Youtube friend, Lee Moran, requested that I look at doing some of the songs from that LP, and the first two are ones I already knew from having heard them sung by friends, but this one is completely new to me. Not coming from Lancashire, I was not aware of the term 'pace-egging', so I have had to look it up and discovered that this is a tradition similar to one we have in the Isle of Man, namely 'The White Boys', but where ours is associated with St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day, the Pace-eggers do their thing at Easter. The following is from a site called Historic UK: Pace-Eggers were once a common sight in Lancashire villages. They were groups of fantastically dressed 'mummers' complete with blackened faces, wearing animal skins and festooned with ribbons and streamers. They processed through the streets singing the traditional Pace-egger's song and collecting money as a tribute. The procession included various characters… the Noble Youth, the Lady Gay, the Soldier Brave and the Old Toss-Pot! The Old Toss-Pot was a drunken buffoon who wore a long straw tail stuffed with pins. It was not wise to grab the Old Toss-Pot's tail. I only learned this song this morning and have put my own chord progression to it, based on what I heard on the LP.
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Guitar: Rawtenstall Annual Fair (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Robert Patrick Weston and Bert Lee, "Rawtenstall Annual Fair" is a music hall song from Lancashire. My friends Lynne Tootill and Sue McMaster often sing this as does my friend Jack Verity. Jack in particular coming from Oldham, performs it a cappella in his broad Lancashire accent. As I come from the Isle of Man, my attempt at a Lancashire accent is probably not very authentic. I love the imagery conjured up by this fun song.
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2017 January walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of January. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) January was a month of mixed weather and was for the most part quite mild, though it was bitterly cold on New Year’s Day for our first walk with a northerly wind blowing. Some of the walks were taken under blue skies, but more under overcast skies. Happily, we did not miss out on any due to heavy rain. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: The January Man 12-string Guitar Lus Vuigh Ny Manninee (Rose of Sharon) Flute and Guitar (My own composition) Have You Ever Seen The Rain Guitar No Matter What Guitar Beeswing Guitar My Elusive Dreams Guitar Like I Used To Do Guitar Beautiful Sunday Guitar Cousin Jack Guitar If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus Guitar The Dark Island Guitar Lus Vuigh Ny Manninee (Rose of Sharon) Flute and Guitar If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: A Mon Like Thee (Including lyrics and chords) My thanks to Lee Moran who has reminded me of some songs I have been meaning to learn for some time, but had not got around to. "A Mon Like Thee" is a pleasant little tale from Lancashire about a man who welcomes anybody who calls at his home and offers them hospitality and friendship. I have a couple of friends who sing this one, and coming from Lancashire, they are able to do so with a genuine Lancashire accent, but as I come from the Isle of Man, my attempt at the accent is not so authentic. The song was written by Edmund Hill, and apparently had three verses, but for some reason when The Oldham Tinkers recorded it they only sang the first two. Later, Mike Harding added a fourth verse, and I have included all four in my own interpretation. Note, Jack lived in a green house, not as some seem to sing a greenhouse!
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Guitar: Cousin Jack (Including lyrics and chords) At a concert last Sunday, a young man, new to our group, sang this song. "Cousin Jack" is a song performed by the 'roots and folk' duo "Show of Hands". The song was written by Steve Knightley who with Phil Beer are the members of the duo. The song is about the demise of the mining industry in the county of Cornwall. My own maternal great-grandparents moved to the Isle of Man from Cornwall to work at the mines in Foxdale, so I feel an affinity to anything Cornish and therefore felt I had to do my own version of this moving song.
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Autoharp: The Isle of Eigg (Including lyrics and chords) Last night was Burns' Night, and I had been invited to a Burns' Night supper, after which a few of us broke out the guitars and sang Scottish songs. Although she did not sing this one last night, our hostess, Margaid often sings this one on a Tuesday night and I thought it was high time I did my own version, and as it is some time since I last used my autoharp, I am accompanying the song on it. The Isle of Eigg is one of the most beautiful Hebridean Islands. About five miles long by three miles wide, Eigg lies 10 miles off the Scottish West coast, South of the Isle of Skye. Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. The word Arisaig means "the safe place" in the Scottish Gaelic language.
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Guitar: If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Lynne sang this one at one of our Sunday night concerts a couple of weeks ago. Wikipedia has the following article about the song: "If You Miss Me at The Back of the Bus" was a song written by Carver Neblett and recorded by Peter Seeger on his album For Kids and Just Plain Folks in 1963. The song was written in response to attempts to desegregate a public swimming pool in Cairo, Illinois, after a young African-American man drowned while swimming in a local river due to the pool not allowing any African-Americans to use it. The song depicts the attitude of the African American community towards civil rights during the 1960s. In his book with Bob Reiser, Everybody Says Freedom, Seeger commented that people would improvise new lyrics to the song to reflect on various situations. The song's popularity grew after it began to be used as one of the anthems for the civil rights movement.
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Guitar: Like I Used To Do (Including lyrics and chords) At the dedication mass for my late friend Donal McMahon, a recording of Donal himself singing this song was played. It was such a moving piece, it brought me and others to tears. I looked it up on returning home, and having found the lyrics, worked out my own chord progression which I present here in my own interpretation. In the dedication service, the title of the song was given as "Carry This Torch", but songwriters Tim O'Brien and Patrick Alger entitled it "Like I Used To Do".
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Guitar: Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Including lyrics and chords) Written by John Fogerty, "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" was released as a single in 1971 by Creedence Clearwater Revival. I saw a version of the song on Facebook the other day, performed by Willie Nelson and his daughter Paula which to be honest I liked much more than the CCR version. Wikipedia has the following in an article about the song: ....In a literal sense the song describes a sunshower such in the lyric "It'll rain a sunny day" and the chorus "have you ever seen the rain Comin' down on a sunny day?". These events are particularly common in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, but less common in other parts of the country, due to localized atmospheric wind sheer effects. In southern regional dialect there is even a term for it "the devil beating his wife".
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Guitar: Beeswing (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a version of this song in August 2009 and made the following observation: "Written by Richard Thompson, I first heard this lovely song sung by Donal, one of our regulars at the Tuesday evening music session. I have also watched and listened to Christy Moore singing it, but good though that version is, nothing comes near Donal's singing and playing. I have however wanted to learn it since hearing him the first time, so here is my version which comes a very far distance behind the others mentioned." Sadly our friend Donal passed away last week and his Dedication Mass will take place tomorrow, so as a tribute to him, I have done a newer version, this time raising the key from G to Bb. RIP Donal Mcmahon
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Guitar: Mary Skeffington (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Lynne Tootil sang this song at a concert last week. Written by Gerry Rafferty, whose mother's maiden name was Skeffington, according to a site called "Song Facts". This also comes from that site: According to Rafferty's Daily Telegraph obituary, he was born in Paisley, Scotland on April 16, 1947, and had a miserable childhood, "His mother would hide from his father to avoid being beaten when he came home drunk". All the sources for the chords to this show the progression as A D A.... for the first line, but having listened carefully to Rafferty's version on YouTube, I think it sounds better as A Asus2 A Asus2 is simply the same as the A chord but lifting the finger off the second string 002200
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Guitar: My Elusive Dreams (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia has the following about this song: "My Elusive Dreams" is a country music song written by Billy Sherrill and Curly Putman, which has been recorded by several artists. The best-known version was recorded as a duet by David Houston and Tammy Wynette, and was a No. 1 country hit in October 1967; the song also peaked at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100. My friends Derek Oates and Margaid Bird sing this as a duet in the Houston-Wynette style, whilst another friend, Eddie Rough sings it as a solo in the original Putnam style, and that is how I am presenting my own interpretation.
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Guitar: No Matter What (Including lyrics and chords) "No Matter What" is a song written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for the stage musical "Whistle Down The Wind". It was made popular by the Irish boyband Boyzone in 1998 when they recorded it to tie in with the show's first UK production. My friend Margaid Bird sings this at our Tuesday night music sessions, and I have learnt it so that I can accompany her if needed.
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Flute and Guitar: Lus vuigh ny Manninee (Original composition) I felt the urge to write a tune yesterday morning, and with the aid of MuseScore2, set about doing so. I wrote the tune especially for my lovely friend Sharon who plays the flute in our sessions on Wednesday and Friday nights, and have given it a Manx title which in English means "The Rose of Sharon". (The rose of Sharon is a name given to a number of plants in particular Hibiscus syriacus). I sent an audio file of my recording to Sharon, and last night at a friend's party, we performed it for the first time together. My performance here is done by playing the tune using the flute voice on MuseScore2, then playing a guitar accompaniment over it, albeit somewhat tentatively as I was making up the accompaniment as I went along.
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Guitar: Beautiful Sunday (Including lyrics and chords) Released in 1972, Beautiful Sunday was written by Daniel Boone (real name Peter Green) and Rod McQueen and performed by Boone. It reached number 21 in the UK charts, doing slightly better in the US where it made 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not my usual style, but as I heard one of my friends sing it a couple of weeks ago, and it is a jolly song, I decided to give it a go myself, recording it appropriately enough on a sunny Sunday morning.
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2016 walks in the Isle of Man My first upload of the year is a compilation of photographs taken on walks throughout the year 2016 here in the Isle of Man, one from each of the walks I was on. These are walks organised by the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group, and I usually do the Thursday and Sunday walks, though they also have walks on a Tuesday, Saturday and in the summer, Wednesday evenings. I injured my left ankle and calf at the end of December 2015, so missed some of the Sunday walks in January, but was soon back to full fitness and made all the remaining ones. As usual, I am playing some of the sound tracks from videos I have on my channel and they are: 12-string Guitar - The January Man; 12-string Guitar - Upside Down; Mandolin and Guitar - Belles of Bedlam; Guitar - A Rainy Night in Soho; Autoharp - The Sound of Silence; Mandolin and 12-string Guitar - Kauan Odotettu. If you would like to view more of my photographs from the walks I go on, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/autoharp/mandolin
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2016 December walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of December. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) December was quite a mild month with quite a bit of sunshine and late autumnal colours making the walks very pleasant for the most part. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: The Dark Island Guitar Leave Your Sheep (Faag-jee ny Kirree) Autoharp (My own composition) Little Maggie May Guitar It Doesn’t Matter Anymore Autoharp Bye-Bye Blackbird Guitar Dublin Town In 1962 Guitar Keep You In Peace Autoharp Kauan Odotettu Mandolin and 12-string Guitar If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: The Dark Island (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded three different versions of this song a few years ago, at a time when it was completely new to me and I was not totally familiar with the melody. I sang this version with lyrics by David Silver first and was then directed to the lyrics by Stewart Ross whose son explained that there has been a long running dispute as to who first wrote lyrics to the tune. I then found another version with lyrics by Alan Bell. The only point on which everyone seems to agree is that the tune was written by accordionist Iain MacLachlan and was used by the BBC for a thriller by the same title of a story set in Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, though it was apparently filmed in South Uist. The group of musicians with whom I play session music play the tune regularly, so I am now more familiar with it and have decided to re-record the Silver version which I present here. We normally play this in the key of G, but I cannot sing it in that key, so I have placed the capo at the 5th fret so as to sing in the key of C
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Guitar: Across The Alley From The Alamo (Including lyrics and chords) Looking for songs that are new to me, I came across this one yesterday and had to do it myself. Written by Joe Greene, it was recorded in 1957 by The Mills Brothers and is according to Wikipedia, a jazz standard which probably accounts for why I had not come across it before, not being a big fan of jazz.
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Guitar: Dublin Town In 1962 (Including lyrics and chords) At our Sunday night concert after we had our Christmas dinner, my friend Eddie Rough sang this song which I had not heard before. (Eddie's name may be Rough, but his singing is smooth as velvet!) As a seventeen year old, I was in Dublin in 1962 taking part in a folk festival as a dancer, so this song brought back pleasant memories to me. The song was written and performed by Dermot O’Brien a top Irish folk musician from the 1960s right through until his death in 2007. Here is my own interpretation of this lovely song.
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Autoharp: Leave Your Sheep [Faag jee ny Kirree] (Including lyrics and chords) I wrote this Christmas song last year and uploaded it in time for Christmas, but I felt I had sung it an octave too low. Since then, a friend, Fiona McArdle has kindly translated my lyrics into Manx and with her help and the help of my good friend Sharon Christian, I am now singing it both in Manx and English. (My Manx pronunciation may be a bit suspect though). Fiona's translation is as follows: Voch’llyn, tar-jee! Clasht-jee n’ arrane! Eaisht-jee rish n’ ainleyn chaghteraght Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Ny gow-jee aggle! Ta shin aynshoh. Immee-jee gys Bethlehem Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Yiowmayd shiu, oikan ruggit jiu, Mac Voirey, cho meiygh as meen, ‘Sy vanjoor marish e voir veen, Eunys y chur dooin veih Niau. Hig deiney creeney lesh shilley er’n Vab Cur lhieu gooityn da’n vabban meein, Gow-jee moylley mâroo as arrane Shee dy row er deiney as mraane. Voch’llyn, tar-jee! Clasht-jee n’ arrane! Eaisht-jee rish n’ ainleyn chaghteraght Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Ny gow-jee aggle! Ta shin aynshoh. Immee-jee gys Bethlehem Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. My phonetic interpretation of this is: Vock lin tar-jee! Clash-jee n’arrane! Aysh-jee rish ninelan chackteragh Feg-jee n' kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Ni gow-jee aal! Ta shin onshore. Immee-jee gus Bethlehem Feg-jee n' kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Yow mud shoe eekan ruggid jew Mac Vorra, cho meark as meen, Su vanjoor morish e vor veen, Eunice u cur doon vie Niow Hig daynya creena lesh shillya urn Varb Cur lew gootin da’n vabban meein, Gow-jee molla mareoo as arrane Shee du row er denya as mrain Vock lin tar-jee! Clash-jee n’arrane! Aysh-jee rish ninelan chiackteragh Feg-jee n' kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Ni gow-jee aal! Ta shin onshore. Immee-jee gus Bethlehem Feg-jee n' kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock and in English: Shepherds come! Hear the song! Hark the herald angels sing: Leave your sheep! We will keep Watch o’er them tonight. Have no fear! We are here! Make your way to Bethlehem! Leave your sheep! We will keep Watch o’er them tonight. There you’ll find a new-born child; Mary’s son so meek and mild In a manger gently laid; Come to bring us joy. Wise men too will come to him, Costly gifts to the babe they will bring. Join with them and praises sing: Peace be to all men! Shepherds come! Hear the song! Hark the herald angels sing: Leave your sheep! We will keep Watch o’er them tonight. Have no fear! We are here! Make your way to Bethlehem! Leave your sheep! We will keep Watch o’er them tonight.
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Guitar: Little Maggie May (Including lyrics and chords) I first heard this lovely song a little over a year ago when it was sung in Peel Cathedral by a visiting group from Cornwall who were taking part in "Yn Cruinnaght" (Manx for eisteddfod) here in the Isle of Man. Until recently, I had not been able to find either the lyrics or the tune, but now I have and so here is my own interpretation of "Little Maggie May". Although strongly associated with Cornwall, the song was actually written in America in 1869, words by G. W. Moore, music by Charles W. Blamphin. Apparently, it was collected by Ralph Dunstan and was included in his work, "The Cornish Songbook". In his own words, Dunstan said: "This pleasing little song was communicated by Capt T Collett, of Polglaze, Perrancoombe, who heard it at St Mabyn about 1870. I rather fancy it is of American origin but have never come across any other record of it. Verses 2,3,and 4 are a conjectural restoration. [Ralph Dunstan January 24 1930]." I recorded this mid-afternoon on a very gloomy day, so my apologies for the poor quality of picture.
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Autoharp: Keep You In Peace (Including lyrics and chords) At our autoharp weekend in Moniaive, Scotland, last July I picked up some useful tips from the tutors whose sessions I attended. However, as I could not be in two places at once, I split the day going to Heather Farrell-Roberts session in the morning and Bob Fish's in the afternoon. Consequently, I missed the morning session with Bob who introduced his group to this lovely song. I had not known it, so until I got home and wrote it our using MuseScore, and listening to the result, I was not able to sing it. I thought that it is a very suitable song for this time of year, so here is my own interpretation of "Keep You In Peace", which was written and composed by Sarah Morgan.
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Guitar: Cold Blow And The Rainy Night (Including lyrics and chords) A couple of weeks ago, "CazzoPORTICO Scimmie" asked if I knew the song "Cold Blow And The Rainy Night". At that time, I did not, however, I have since listened to Christy Moore's own version which he sang 'a cappella', and have devised a chord progression which I feel suits, so here is my interpretation of this song which I believe to be traditional.
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Autoharp: It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (Including lyrics and chords) It is a while since I uploaded anything using my autoharp, so for the next few days, I will do so. This is a song that Heather Farrell-Roberts taught us at an autoharp workshop in Moniaive, Scotland back in July. She used it as an example of a 'driving' beat. Made famous by Buddy Holly, it was written by Paul Anka. Wikipedia has the following article: The song reached number 13 as a posthumous hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1959, shortly after Holly died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The single was a two-sided hit, backed with "Raining in My Heart". "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was Holly's last US Top 20 hit and featured the orchestral backing of Dick Jacobs. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, where it became the country's first posthumous number 1 hit. In the annotations, I have mostly only shown the chord for strumming, but as I played it, I was including some melody, so watch my fingers to check where I use the G and D7 chord bars which are played with my middle and ring fingers respectively.
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2016 November walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of November. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) November was quite a damp month with little sunshine, but all walks went ahead as planned, and the autumnal colours compensated for the dullness throughout the whole of the month. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Turn Around Guitar Hurrah, We’re Homeward Bound Guitar The Ballad of Bethnal Green Guitar After the Goldrush Guitar Song Of Lieutenant Kijé Guitar and Harmonica A Single Yellow Rose Guitar It’s Four in the Morning Guitar The Dutchman Guitar Putting on the Style Guitar Arrane y Niee Mandolin If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: Auntie Julia {Parody on Hallelujah} (Including lyrics and chords) I came across this one in a thread on Mudcat.org, the lyrics being asked for by a guest as a song he had seen on a list of songs by Jez Lowe. Another guest, Julia L, provided the lyrics which were written by Mike Danver Scott. I looked to see if I could find Jez Lowe's version but to no avail. However Scott's own version is on YouTube. I performed it myself last night at a party at a friend's house, and it went down well. So, with apologies to the late great Leonard Cohen, here is my interpretation of this parody on his song Hallelujah.
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Guitar: O Holy Night (Including lyrics and chords) Although I have uploaded a previous version of this carol, using my 12-string guitar, I have decided to do so again today as I felt that in the key of G which I used last time, it was a bit of a stretch for me to reach the high notes. This time I am singing and playing in the key of F. It is probably my favourite Christmas carol and I sang it for the residents of Marathon Court Nursing Home on Wednesday and will be doing so again today at the Kerroo Glass sheltered accommodation in Ramsey. Originally written as a poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877) in Roquemaure at the end of the year 1843, it was set to music by Adolphe Adam in 1847. Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855, and it is his version I am performing here.
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Guitar: Bye Bye Blackbird {Full Version} (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday, I uploaded a version of "Bye Bye Blackbird" which only used the chorus of the song. I should have realised there would be verses too, for as with many songs from that era, later recordings just used the chorus which was more memorable than the verses. I found on YT an original recording of the song performed by Gene Austin in 1926, and though I have not been able to find the chords for this full version, I have devised my own from his singing. I have chosen to perform this version in a different key to yesterday's upload and am not whistling as the song is long enough without the need for an instrumental verse, and am using a finger-style accompaniment rather than strumming as I did yesterday.
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Guitar: Bye Bye Blackbird (Including lyrics and chords) Here is an oldie I did at my monthly sing-around recently at the sheltered accommodation in which I live. Lyrics by Mort Dixon, music by Ray Henderson in 1926, it has been a 'standard' ever since. When I found the lyrics and chords, they were only for the chorus which is the way I remember the song as most performers of my era only sang it this way. However, as I am writing this, I have just discovered that there are verses to it as well, so I will endeavour to learn them and upload a full version asap.
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Guitar: She Lived Down By The Firehouse (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday, I received a message from one of my YouTube friends, William O'Connell, presenting me with the lyrics and chords to a song which is new to me. I looked it up and found a few versions on YT, including a recording by Pie Plant Pete. The information with it was so interesting, I have taken the liberty of copying it and pasting it here:- So why is Pie Plant Pete an important figure in the development of pop music? Well Pie Plant had a show on WLS, a 50,000 watt radio station out of Chicago where he’d sing and play guitar along with his partner Bashful Harmonica Joe. A young kid named Lester William Polfuss tuned in the signal from WLS, became infatuated with Pie Plant Pete, taught himself the harmonica and guitar, copied Pete’s act and started to gig around his hometown of Waukesha Wisconsin as Red Hot Red. Red Hot Red, known later as Les Paul eventually developed the electric guitar and basically invented multi-track recording, and it was Pie Plant Pete who inspired Les Paul to become a musician. Thanks Pete. I had thought of using my harmonica to play the instrumental break, but as I am playing and singing in F, and my F diatonic harmonica is set up in too high an octave, I decided against it as it did not sound right. (Pie Plant Pete's real name was Claude Moye) Here then is my own interpretation of this song from the 1920s.
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Guitar: Tenting Tonight (Including lyrics and chords) A bitter-sweet song from the American Civil War period, "Tenting On The Old Campground" or as it is also known, "Tenting Tonight" was a song popular with both civilians and soldiers from both sides of the conflict. It was written by Walter Kittredge in 1863 in response to receiving his draft notice, but was not published until a year later. I was asked to perform this one by my friend athull08, and not being familiar with it, I checked out a few versions on YouTube and have now done my own interpretation here which I wish to dedicate to all the brave souls who are standing against the money motivated injustice at Standing Rock and are suffering terrible abuse from the so-called 'law enforcement agencies' who are committing atrocities which at other times would be considered to be 'war crimes'! I missed a verse which should have been: The lone wife kneels and prays with a sigh That God his watch will keep O'er the dear one away and the little dears nigh, In the trundle bed fast asleep.
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Guitar: Prisoner's Song (Including lyrics and chords) Having uploaded the Vernon Dalhart version of "Puttin' On The Style", I decided to look up more songs by this artist and found this one. Interestingly, the lyrics are virtually identical with "Meet Me By The Moonlight", a song performed by The Stanley Brothers and The Carter Family among others, a version of which I uploaded last year in my "Toneway" collection. The melody, however, is quite different. Wikipedia has a long and interesting article about the Dalhart version: "The Prisoner's Song", is a song copyrighted by Vernon Dalhart in 1924 in the name of Dalhart's cousin Guy Massey, who had sung it while staying at Dalhart's home and had in turn heard it from his brother Robert Massey, who may have heard it while serving time in prison.[1][2] "The Prisoner's Song" was one of the best-selling songs of the 1920s, particularly in the recording by Vernon Dalhart. The Vernon Dalhart version was recorded on Victor Records in October 1924 and marketed in the hillbilly music genre. It was likely one of the best-selling records of the early 20th century. Although contemporary data show that Victor pressed slightly over 1.3 million copies during the record's peak years of popularity,[3] anecdotal accounts sourced from a 1940s promotional flyer report sales as high as 7 million.[4] The song's publisher at the time, Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., reportedly sold over one million copies of the song's sheet music.[5] It was later performed by, among others, Hank Snow, Bill Monroe and Brenda Lee. The first verse was sung by Liberace at the end of an episode of the 1960s television show Batman in which Liberace played the double role of twin criminal brothers, both of whom ended the episode behind bars. The song was included in Lyle Kessler's play Orphans and the film adaptation of the same name which the character of Harold drunkenly mumbles. The verse sung was altered to "if I had the wings of an anger, over these prison walls I would fly, Straight to the arms of my mutter, and then I'd be willing to die".
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Guitar: Puttin’ On The Style (Including lyrics and chords) As a youth, I loved skiffle, especially when performed by Lonnie Donegan and his band, and this song was a favourite. It came as a surprise then when I came across an earlier version of it last week. This was written by George P Wright and Norman Cazden and performed by Vernon Dalhart, predating the Donegan version by over 30 years. The lyrics and tune of the original are not the same as the version I knew, so it was quite tricky performing this one myself without slipping back to the Donegan version.
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Guitar: Hurrah, We're Homeward Bound (Including lyrics and chords) On a thread in Mudcat.org a few days ago, a request for the lyrics and chords for this song had me looking for my own version of it. I was surprised to find I had not got one on YouTube, so I set to and recorded this after working out the chord progression for myself. I have based my interpretation on a version by Ian Campbell on an LP entitled 'This Is The Ian Campbell Folk Group'. The title is really simply 'Homeward Bound', but as I have sung two other songs with this title, I have called my version 'Hurrah, We're Homeward Bound' to avoid confusion. According to one of the replies on Mudcat, this is a forebitter shanty and should be performed 'a cappella', but I am sure that if any instruments were available, the crewmen would have used them. In particular a concertina sounds great as in the Ian Campbell version.
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Guitar: A Single Yellow Rose (Including lyrics and chords) A Single Yellow Rose is a song written and performed by Isla Grant is a song that my friend Linda Qualtrough sings at our music sessions from time to time, and though written from a female perspective, I like it so am singing my own interpretation which I hope you enjoy.
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Guitar: The Ballad Of Bethnal Green (Including lyrics and chords) A couple of days ago, I received a request from Bill O'Connell for help with the chords for this song by Paddy Roberts from 1959. I think I vaguely remember the song which is a humorous imitation of a traditional folk song. Here is my interpretation with chords I have devised after listening to the original song played on the piano.
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Guitar and Harmonica: Song Of Lieutenant Kijé (Including lyrics and chords) In a thread on Mudcat.org a couple of days ago, a request was asked for seeking the lyrics to a song from the BBC radio series 'Singing Together' from 1958. Thanks to a Nigel Parsons, the full lyrics were obtained. I used to use the programme, 'Singing Together' in my own days as a teacher in the 1970s, but had never come across this one. The melody for the song is 'Troika' from Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite, the lyrics being written by Gladys Whitred. I have played the melody on my harmonica as a bridge in the song 'I Believe In Father Christmas', so I have decided to give this one a go for myself. The chord progression is of my own devising. Lieutenant Kijé apparently was thought by the Tsar to be an exceptional soldier who rapidly advanced through the ranks of the army, but it turns out he was only a figment of the imagination of the Tsar's secretary who invented him and his exploits to lift the spirits of his employer.
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Guitar: It's Four In The Mornin' (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Peter Corkhill sang this one last night at our sing around. The song was written by Jerry Chesnut and performed by country singer Faron Young. For my own interpretation, I have included an instrumental verse by whistling the melody.
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Guitar: The Dutchman (Including lyrics and chords) A few years ago, a musical friend used to sing this song at our sing around sessions, and I always meant to have a go at it myself. Two days ago, somebody uploaded a video on Facebook of Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem performing it, so this time I looked it up and have made my own interpretation. I spent an hour or two every day for three years with a dear old lady neighbour who had Alzheimer's, so I can identify very much with this beautiful song written by Michael Peter Smith, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter. (Rolling Stone Magazine once called him "The greatest songwriter in the English language").
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Guitar: After The Goldrush (Including lyrics and chords) I saw a video on Facebook last week of Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris singing an updated version of this Neil Young song, and realized that I had not done this one myself. Here then is my interpretation of Neil Young's original lyrics. (As I do not have an orchestra with a horn player to help me, I have simply hummed the instrumental verse.)
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Guitar: Turn Around (Including lyrics and chords) A thread in 'mudcat café' yesterday led me to this song which I have not heard in many years. The version I remember would have been by Harry Belafonte, but the song was written by Malvina Reynolds. This was one of her earliest songs and she was told that she had to share the copyright with the record producer and performer, so it is attributed to her, Al Greene and Harry Belafonte. My YouTube friend, Raymond Crooke, has his own version of this song but from a male perspective, changing the lyrics accordingly. (https://youtu.be/eUn2Y0I1moE) I am sticking with Malvina's original lyrics in my own interpretation.
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Guitar: Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me (Including lyrics and chords) My friend, 'Blue John Gregory' is an exponent of blues and plays and sings this song at some of our sing arounds. He has a version of this song on YouTube: (https://youtu.be/HTAXu8f9Yio). I am not as accomplished a guitarist, but I like the song, so here is my own interpretation of it. The song is a Mississippi John Hurt number.
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Guitar: The Boxer {Parody} (Including lyrics and chords) DISCLAIMER: If you are easily offended by rudeness, please do not watch this video! A friend sang a parody on the The Boxer at a sing around a couple of weeks ago. I thought he had made it up himself, but he told me he had found it on the internet, so I looked for it. I did find the one he sang, but also came across this one, so with apologies to Simon and Garfunkel, here is my interpretation of lyrics written by Steve Baigent.
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Guitar: The Rabbit (Including lyrics and chords) I came across this amusing ditty on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be fun to have a go at it. It was written and performed by The Good Brothers, a Canadian country, bluegrass and folk music group originating from Richmond Hill, Ontario.
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2016 October walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of October. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) Once again, the weather has been kind for our Thursday and Sunday walks, most of which have gone ahead in sunny conditions. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded to accompany the photos. They are: October Song Guitar Following The Leader Guitar All The Fine Young Men Guitar The Holland Handkerchief Guitar Shine On Harvest Moon Guitar Little Pot Stove Guitar Coorie Doon Guitar Autumn Comes Guitar If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: Coorie Doon (Including lyrics and chords) Also known as "A Miner's Lullaby", "Coorie Doon" was written by Matt McGinn. "The Brobdingnagian Bards" site has the following about it: It's a beautiful hypnotic lullaby by Matt McGinn (1928-1977) one of the most prolific songwriters of the Scottish Folk Revival. "Coorie doon" means to "snuggle down" as well as "crouch down". McGinn does an amazing job at applying the images of a child in going to bed and the miner going down into the mines. I came across it last week when a video of it appeared on Facebook. The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Little Pot Stove (Including lyrics and chords) This is a song that our friend Wilf Young sings 'A Capella' at our music sessions. It was written by Harry Robertson, about whom Wikipedia has the following: Harry Robertson (1923 – 15 May 1995) was a Scottish-born, Australian folk-singer/songwriter, poet and activist, who became a key figure in the development of the Australian folk music tradition. Robertson emigrated from Scotland in 1952 where he worked in the whaling industry and wrote a number of songs and poems about the lives of the whalers without glorifying the industry. Among them were "Queensland Whalers", "Ballina Whalers" and "Wee Dark Engine Room". Robertson and others established the Moreton Bay Folk Festival, also regarded as the 3rd National Folk Festival, in 1969, and the Maleny/Woodford Folk Festival in 1987, both in Queensland. Nic Jones covered this song as "The Little Pot Stove" on his 1980 Topic album Penguin Eggs; the song also gave the album its title. I have based my interpretation on the singing of Nic Jones and Wilf with chord progression of my own devising.
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Guitar: The Holland Handkerchief (Including lyrics and chords) Tidying up my songs folder the other day, I came across this one which I do not recall. I can only assume that somebody had requested that I sing it, and having prepared it, I did not get around to doing so. With apologies therefore if that is the case, here is my interpretation of this traditional murder ballad. Also known as The Suffolk Miracle, this is number 272 in the Child Ballad index and Roud 246. My Youtube friend Raymond Crooke uploaded his version of"The Suffolk Miracle" a few months ago:- https://youtu.be/Pv-RjVURXig.
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Guitar: Waiting For The Robert E Lee (Including lyrics and chords) This is my final music hall song from the site I have been working through. (There are many more, but I have done all the ones I know or found an interest in.) Wikipedia has the following short article about it: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" is an American popular song composed in 1912 by Lewis F. Muir and L. Wolfe Gilbert. The title refers to the steamboat of that name. It was featured in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, and later recorded by Al Jolson. In this one, the verses are sung in E while the chorus modulates to A. (Capo at 4th fret C modulating to F)
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Guitar: Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie (Including lyrics and chords) This is yet another music hall song that has a memorable chorus, but also has verses which are not so well known. I recorded this a week ago on a very wet Sunday morning, a day on which I was due to lead a walk in the afternoon. Just as in the song, the weather cleared in time for my walk, and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon in bright sunshine. Wikipedia points out: In a long-standing tradition, floor traders at the New York Stock Exchange sing this song on the last trading day of every year and on Christmas Eve. The song has been the stock exchange anthem at least back as far as 1934. It is also a popular song in barbershop music. The song was written in 1905, the music written by Harry Von Tilzer and lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling.
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Guitar: They're Movin' Father's Grave (Including lyrics and chords) "They're Movin' Father's Grave To Build A Sewer" is a classic music hall song with origins unknown. It was revived by The Clancy Brothers, but was well known to listeners of the BBC Home Service, (now Radio 4) as it was sung frequently by Frank Muir. There are a number of variants with regard to the lyrics. I am singing those found on the music hall songs and monologues site I have been working through.
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Guitar: They Can't Find Kelly (Including lyrics and chords) I have mentioned before that Florrie Forde was one of my mother's Godparents, and have sung a number of her songs. Of course one of her best known was: Kelly From The Isle of Man. "They Can't Find Kelly" I think is an homage to that song. It was written and performed by Billy Merson, whose song "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" I uploaded a couple of days ago. I particularly like finding songs about "Kelly" as two of my best musical friends are brothers, Des and Dickie Kelly, so when I found this one in the site of music hall songs and momologues I am working through, I just had to do my own version. (Dickie Kelly sings regularly on a Friday night at The Whitehouse in Pee, hence the reference to it towards the end of the video.) The chords are of my own devising.
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Guitar: The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (Including lyrics and chords) I remember hearing this one listening to it on the 'wireless' which for those of you too young to know is what we called the 'radio' and was our only form of home entertainment before the advent of TV. The song is another from the music hall songs site I am working though and is one I loved as a child. The song was written and performed by Billy Merson and published in 1911. Al Jolson also performed it, but was sued by Merson for copyright infringement forcing removal of the song from the movie, The Singing Fool.
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Guitar: Show Me The Way To Go Home (Including lyrics and chords) This song was written in 1925 by song writing team Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly, but published under a pseudonym "Irving King" According to Wikipedia: They self-published the sheet music and it became their first big success, selling 2 million copies and providing the financial basis of their publishing firm, Campbell, Connelly & Co. As I keep pointing out, this like so many music hall songs has a very memorable chorus, but the verses are much less well known. In fact many artists that recorded the song over the intervening years just sang the chorus, so it was a pleasure to find a number of verses to go with it.
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Guitar: Flash Company (Including lyrics and chords) "Flash Company" is a traditional song, (Roud 954), dating back to the mid 1850s. My friends Lynne and Sue sing a version based on June Tabor's 1980 version, and being ladies, they sing the version that begins: "First I loved William and then I loved John........" but as I am a man, I am singing "For once I loved a young girl......." In a number of versions of this song, I notice that the singers seem to have difficulty in fitting the last line of the chorus to the rhythm of the song and add an extra half bar to fit it in. I am not doing so in my interpretation.
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Guitar: Shine On Harvest Moon (Including lyrics and chords) Written in 1903 and credited to the married Vaudeville team, Nora Bayes & Jack Norworth and performed by them, "Shine On Harvest Moon" was probably written by Dave Stamper who was Bayes pianist when the song was written and who contributed songs to 21 editions of the Ziegfeld Follies. This song has proved to be popular throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Like so many songs of the Vaudeville/Music Hall era, the chorus is very well known, but the verses less so. The lyrics of the original chorus were slightly different to the ones that became popular later in the century, for where we now sing: "I ain’t had no lovin' since January, February, June or July", the original lyrics were: "I ain’t had no lovin' since April, January, June or July" as can be attested to if you listen to recordings by Ada Jones and Billy Murray from 1908, and Ruth Etting from 1931 and the Boswell Sisters in the same year. I think that the newer version makes more sense, and fits the tune better anyway, so that is what I am singing in my own interpretation.
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Guitar: She Was Poor But She Was Honest (Including lyrics and chords) As a callow youth, I used to know a risqué parody of this song, but never realised that it was a parody of an existing song. I found these lyrics on the site of music hall songs I am looking at, discovering that the song was written and composed by R.P. Weston and Bert Lee in 1930 and performed by Billy Bennett. The lyrics tell their own story.
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Guitar: Roamin' In The Gloamin' (Including lyrics and chords) Written in 1911 by Harry Lauder, "Roamin' in the Gloamin' is another music hall song with a memorable chorus. Lauder himself recorded it in 1912 and it has been recorded by many artists since. Having come across the lyrics in the site I have been looking through for music hall songs, I found a set of chords from Ultimate Guitar which I have tweaked slightly for my own interpretation of this fine song.
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Guitar: Following The Leader (Including lyrics and chords) This is a request from "Hunter of Beasts". Following The Leader comes from the Disney animation "Peter Pan" and is sung by "the lost boys" as they follow "John Darling" in search of "Injuns". Apparently, it is not PC to mention injuns nowadays, so in later versions of the song the line: ....."We're off to fight the Injuns, the Injuns, the Injuns..." is changed to "We won't be home 'til morning, 'til morning, 'til morning..." With no apology to the PC brigade, I am singing the original lyrics, as they are an integral part of the story. The song was written by Oliver Wallace, Ted Sears and Winston Hibler. Finding the chords was not easy, so as I often do, I have worked out my own with a little help from "Chordify". (It starts in the key of C, then modulates to F, with the "whistling" bridge in G.)
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2016 September walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of August. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) Mixed weather again this month, but all walks went ahead as planned. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Happy Together 12-string Guitar Mad World Autoharp So Long Marianne 12-string Guitar Hey Jude Autoharp The Laxey Wheel Guitar Roses Of Picardy Guitar Oh You Beautiful Doll Guitar Tin Man Guitar If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Anthony Archibald - 5-string banjo
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Guitar: Roses Of Picardy (Including lyrics and chords) Published one hundred years ago, "Roses Of Picardy" was a ballad written by Frederick Weatherly and set to music by Haydn Wood. Wood was born in Slaithwaite in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but at the age of three moved to the Isle of Man, so this song has a particular connection to my home island. Like so many songs of its era, the chorus is well known, the verses, perhaps not so well known. I had some difficulty finding chords for this that actually fitted, so in the end, I made up my own chord progression for it. Wikipedia has the following article about the song: The exact story that lies behind the words of the song is unclear, but in his 1926 memoirs, Weatherly suggested that it concerned a love affair of one of his close friends. Weatherly travelled in France visiting the Rhone valley and Chamonix. Picardy was a historical province of France which stretched from north of Noyon to Calais via the whole of the Somme department and the north of the Aisne department. This area contained the Somme battlefields – the scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the First World War. The song quickly became popular throughout Britain, with British soldiers singing it when they enlisted for the Front in France and Flanders. During the First World War, the song sold at a rate of 50,000 copies of the sheet music per month, earning Haydn Wood approximately £10,000 in total (£439,324 in 2016 adjusted for inflation). Following the war, the singing of the song helped soldiers who were suffering from Shell shock to regain their powers of speech.
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Guitar: The Marco Polo (Including lyrics and chords) "The Marco Polo" is a song I have uploaded previously, but using inferior equipment, so as I have a new guitar I am uploading a new version of it. The song was written by Hugh Jones of "The Spinners", a Liverpool folk group who were very popular in the 60s, 70s, & 80s and who performed here in the Isle of Man regularly.
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Guitar: Tin Man (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request from "B25694477" for this song from the group "America". The request was apparently the second time he had asked for it, but regrettably, the first time it did not reach me as seems to be happening a lot lately. So having now received it, I set about trying to perform the song. "America" sang this using chords with which I am not particularly familiar, in particular Gmaj7, and I simply cannot get my fingers into the correct configuration to play this chord, so I have had to transpose into a different key then play using the capo to bring it back up to the original key. Having done this, the accompaniment then became quite simple, and even though this is a bit out of my comfort zone, I think I have managed it fairly well. The song was written by Dewey Bunnell, a member of the group "America" The chords I am playing relative to the capo position are: Gsus4 = x02333; G5 = x00200; Cmaj7 = 032000; Fmaj7 = 003210; Am7 = 002010
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12-string Guitar: Whiskey In The Jar (Including lyrics and chords) At the request of subscriber, Gergin Ivanov, I have done a 12-string guitar version of Whiskey In The Jar, a song I uploaded some time ago using a 6-string for accompaniment.
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Autoharp: Hey Jude (Including lyrics and chords) One of the members of the Manx Autoharpers Group has suggested "Hey Jude" for us to try as the choir she is in are doing it at present. Here is my arrangement for autoharp of this Beatles' classic which may not be quite the way they perform it, but I hope is fairly close.
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Guitar: Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the music hall lyrics site I am working through is "Oh, You Beautiful Doll". Wikipedia has the following short article about it: "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" is a ragtime love song published in 1911 with words by Seymour Brown and music by Nat D. Ayer. The song was one of the first with a twelve-bar opening. The tune has been recorded hundreds of times by many artists from first publication until recent times. Like so many songs of this era, the chorus is well known, but the verses less so.
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Guitar: Oh, Oh, Antonio (Including lyrics and chords) Today I am returning to my source of music hall songs for another from the repertoire of my mother's Godmother, Florrie Forde. Mum used to sing the chorus of this one to me as a child, and I thought it was me she was singing about, but "Oh, Oh, Antonio" is about a wayward ice-cream seller who has jilted his girl and gone off with another. It was written by C W Murphy, a prolific writer of music hall songs, many of which were sung by Florrie Forde.
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12-string Guitar and Harmonica: Scorn Not His Simplicity (Including lyrics and chords) I only came across this song a couple of weeks ago when a version sung by Luke Kelly appeared on Facebook. The song was written by Phil Coulter whose son was born with Down's Syndrome. According to an article in the Belfast Telegraph, he admitted: that he could have dealt with his son's Down's syndrome in a better way. "My wife coped with it a lot more effectively and a lot more realistically than I did," he says. "When I was told he had Down's syndrome, I kind of went into denial. I kind of pretended that it hadn't happened. I just went on with my life and left my wife to cope with that. "But, I mean, I was very young and I hadn't got the equipment to deal with it, I suppose." Several months after the birth of his son he wrote the song Scorn Not His Simplicity, which was about his experiences with his little boy's condition. I have chosen to add a harmonica instrumental in my interpretation of this moving song.
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Guitar: There Was An Old Woman Tossed Up In A Basket (Including lyrics and chords) Just over a week ago, at a jam session, my friend Derek arrived with a new guitar which looked and sounded great. I fell in love with it, and the next day, sent off for one myself. It arrived four days later and like Derek's, looks and sounds great just as an acoustic, but through and amp even better. Of course, I do not use an amp in my own living room, so here is my first outing with my new Epiphone. The song is a request from Ken Shuttlesworth and is a children's nursery rhyme sung to the tune of "Lillibullero".
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Guitar: Today (Including lyrics and chords) I have uploaded a 12-string version of this song, but decided to give it a try on the 6-string this time. The song was written by Randy Sparks of the New Christie Minstrels as part of the sound track for a film called “Advance To The Rear”. It is a song covered by John Denver whose real name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. He changed it to Denver at the suggestion of Randy Sparks.
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12-string Guitar: Sound The Pibroch (Including lyrics and chords) A request from "ClassicRockLivesOn " led me to this song which has been covered by The Corries and by Makem and Clancy, (Tommy and Liam). It sounds as if it is a traditional song, but from a site called Traditional Scottish Songs, I found the following: Here is a Jacobite song, written in Victorian times by Mrs Norman MacLeod. Meaning of unusual words: "Tha tighin fodham" in the chorus is pronounced "HA CHEEN FOAM". It means "it comes upon me" or "I have the wish." Wikipedia has the following about the word "Pibroch" Pibroch, Piobaireachd or Ceòl Mòr is an art music genre associated primarily with the Scottish Highlands that is characterised by extended compositions with a melodic theme and elaborate formal variations. Strictly meaning "piping" in Scottish Gaelic, piobaireachd has for some four centuries been music of the Great Highland Bagpipe.
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12-string Guitar: Happy Together (Including lyrics and chords) A couple of days ago, a gentleman from Slovakia, Jozef Akantis, pointed out that I had not got the chorus right in my version of the Turtle's song Happy Together. He quite correctly pointed out that I was trying to sing the chorus in the minor key where it should go to the major. That video had been seen by over two thousand people, yet no one else remarked on my error. Jozef was quite correct, I made a right hash of it, so today I am uploading this video of the song which I hope I have now made a better job of in this interpretation. Wikipedia: "Happy Together" is a 1967 song from The Turtles' album of the same name. Released in February 1967, the song knocked The Beatles' "Penny Lane" out of the #1 slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the group's only chart-topper. "Happy Together" reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1967. The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, former members of a band known as The Magicians. The song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles, and the demo acetate was worn out.
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12-string Guitar: So Long Marianne (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Derek Oates has sung this song a few times at our Tuesday night sing-arounds and I have been meaning to have a go at it myself for some time. It is a lovely song written and performed by Leonard Cohen. The lady who was his inspiration for the song passed away recently as the following article from Wikipedia relates: The song was inspired by Marianne Jensen, born Marianne Ihlen, whom Cohen met on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. Cohen said she was the most beautiful woman he had ever met. She had recently been left by her husband, the Norwegian writer Axel Jensen, leaving her and their six-month-old son alone on the island. The two hit it off, and Cohen ultimately took her from Hydra back to her home in Oslo, Norway. He later invited her and her son to live with him in Montreal, an offer which she accepted. The two lived together throughout the 1960s, commuting between New York, Montreal, and Hydra. Cohen dedicated his third volume of poetry, Flowers for Hitler, to her, and she directly inspired many of his other songs and poems. A photo of her appears on the back cover of his second album, Songs from a Room. Marianne Ihlen died in hospital in Oslo on July 28, 2016, aged 81. Cohen wrote to her shortly before her death, saying: "Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine... Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road." For anyone not familiar with the sus chords, I play them as follows: Dsus4 = xx0233 Gsus4 = 330013
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Guitar: Shallow Brown (Including lyrics and chords) This is the second of the songs requested by "13WOLVEN". This is a 'forebitter', i.e. a foc'sle shanty which is not a work song, but an entertainment song the sailors would sing when off duty sitting on the bitts (posts used to attach mooring lines or the anchor chains). This one is an American lament at leaving home and family and is more often sung A Capella, but I have used my guitar to provide a bit of accompaniment using my own chord progression.
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Guitar: The Jolly Roving Tar (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber "13WOLVEN " has requested two songs of the sea, both of which are new to me. This is the first one, "The Jolly Roving Tar". I listened to versions by The Irish Rovers and Great Big Sea and the sound track from Assassins Creed, and decided that I personally prefer the Great Big Sea's version, so it is on theirs I have based my own arrangement, working out my chord progression by ear. Having done this, I have looked for information about the song in Wikipedia only to find the following: Jolly Roving Tar is a traditional Newfoundland folk song. In its 19th-century version, the song relates the story of Susan, lamenting the wanderings of her beloved "tar", or sailor, William, who is at sea, and deciding to follow him in her father's boat. The title is also applied to the folk song "Get up, Jack! John, sit down!", a reel of unknown provenance in which some, but not all, versions includes the line, "Come along, come along, my jolly brave tars, there's lots of grog in the jar. So I hope that "Get up Jack! John sit down!" is the one requested, for that is what I have produced. :-) (Regular followers of my videos may notice that I am using a new guitar which I bought to use at gigs because my other guitars do not have pickups in them.)
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12-string Guitar: As I Was Going To Banbury (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday I received a request from Michael Palermo from Canada for this one. It is one of the songs used in the Assassin's Creed games, but the diction is not too clear in that. However, Michael also directed me to the Contemplator site, the source of many of the songs I sing, where I found the lyrics and a midi audio from which I have worked out this arrangement. A nonsense song collected by Cecil Sharp, 13th March 1909 from Sister Emma, a nun at the Clewer convent near Windsor, in Berkshire.
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12-string Guitar: The Glendy Burke (Including lyrics and chords) This is the second song requested by "athull08". I was not happy with the chord progression shown on any of the sites I looked at, so have made my own in my interpretation of this Stephen Foster song. Wikipedia has the following short description of the song: The Glendy Burke is an American folk song by Stephen Foster. It appears in James Buckley's New Banjo Book published in 1860. The Glendy Burke of the song is a paddle steamer plying the Mississippi River basin. The boat was named for Glendy Burke: the 29th mayor of New Orleans.
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5-string Banjo: Virginia Belle (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber "athull08" has requested two Stephen Foster songs, neither of which I have heard before. The Glendy Burke I am still working on, but I think I have managed to work out a reasonable accompaniment for this one, "Virginia Belle" I have not been able to find out anything to explain the rather sad story of this song other than that it was written by Foster in 1860. I made a bit of a hash of the instrumental after the last chorus, so played it again making a better job of it. The chords shown in the annotations are for guitar accompaniment and may not be the ones I am using for my finger-style accompaniment.
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2016 August walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of August. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) Mixed weather again this month, but all walks went ahead as planned. I missed one Sunday walk as I was performing with my autoharp at The Party in the Park in Ramsey on the 7th. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Mad World Autoharp Slip Out 12-string Guitar The Landlord’s Wife (Original composition) Guitar The Ballad of Billy the Kid Guitar Gorse Sticks Guitar The Church in the Wildwood Guitar Trollmors Vaggsång Harmonica and Guitar Top of the World Autoharp Thurot Guitar Ashokan Farewell Guitar Fields of Gold Autoharp I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen Autoharp I now play guitar accompanying members of the Manx Folk Dance Society, and as they were entertaining a group of Swedish dancers earlier in the month, I learnt a Swedish folk song which I have included in this collection. The Swedes were kind enough to say that my attempt at pronouncing the lyrics in Swedish was perfectly understandable and they appreciated my efforts. If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Autoharp: Fields of Gold (Including lyrics and chords) On our walk on Sunday, we passed through two fields of barley which reminded me of this song, and I wondered what it would sound like with an autoharp accompaniment, so yesterday, I worked out an arrangement for it. Here is my first effort at it. The song was written by Gordon Sumner, better known to pop fans as Sting.
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Guitar: The Church In The Wildwood (Including lyrics and chords) A request from JA S directed me to this song which I had thought I had done already, but on checking discovered it had slipped through the net. A few years ago, the band I was playing with, (The Cronk Iliam Scratchers), had it in our repertoire and although I only sang the "Come! Come! Come!" intro to the chorus it clearly stuck in my brain. The story of the origins of this song is quite interesting as this extract from an article in The Cyberhymhal illustrates: One bright af­ter­noon of a day in June 1857, I first set foot in old Brad­ford, Io­wa, com­ing by stage from Mc­Greg­or. My home was in Wis­con­sin. The spot where the “Lit­tle Brown Church” now stands was a set­ting of rare beau­ty. There was no church there but the spot was there wait­ing for it. When back in my home I wrote the song ‘The Lit­tle Brown Church in the Vale.’ I put the man­u­script away. In the spring of 1862 I re­turned to Io­wa and set­tled at Fred­er­icks­burg… In the years of 1859 and 1860 the good peo­ple of Brad­ford were de­ter­mined to build a church…By the ear­ly win­ter of 1864 the build­ing was rea­dy for ded­i­ca­tion. While I was hold­ing the sing­ing school, near its close in the spring, the class went one ev­en­ing to the church. It was not then seat­ed, but rude seats were im­pro­vised. My man­u­script of the song I had brought with me from Wis­con­sin. It had ne­ver been sung be­fore by an­y­one but my­self. I sang it there. Soon af­ter­wards I took the man­u­script to Chi­cago [Ill­i­nois], where it was pub­lished by H. M. Hig­gins. It won a speedy re­cog­ni­tion lo­cal­ly and with the years won its way in­to the hearts of the peo­ple of the world. Looking for the lyrics, the verses I sing were the only ones I had found before I recorded it, but later, on reading the above article, I discovered another verse: There, close by the church in the valley Lies one that I loved so well She sleeps, sweetly sleeps, 'neath the willow Disturb not her rest in the vale.
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