Anthony Archibald - Guitar - 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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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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Guitar: Reflections Of My Love (Including lyrics and chords) When I first started uploading songs to YouTube, I did so using a cheap webcam and the quality of sound and of picture left a lot to be desired. This is one of the first songs I uploaded at that time and having looked at the original video, I have decided to re-record it. It is a song I wrote about twenty years ago in an attempt at writing a love song.
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A Cappella: Shawneetown (Including lyrics) This is the second shanty I was requested to sing by subscriber "Dinkee Dee". Also known as "Hard On The Beach Oar", there seems to be some dispute as to whether that line should be "Hard on the beech oar..." or possibly: "Hard on the beech, or..." "The Exmouth Shanty Men" on their website quote the following: Floating downriver, a long oar (the beach oar) was used to guide the craft as well as to manoeuvre it off mud slicks and snags. This to me seems to be the most likely explanation and definition of the "beach oar". There is also some doubt as to the origin of the song, but again, from the same website I found the following: Indiana writer, musician, and dance caller Dillon Bustin combined a song fragment he heard from a year-round fisherman on the White River with background found in travel logs and novels of the keelboat era and his own melody to make this song. The line: "bushwhack her back", refers to the method of returning the boat upstream. The crewmen had to haul the boat back, pulling on long ropes attached to the boat as they scrambled along the river bank, cutting back vegetation where necessary, this act being known as "bushwhacking".
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Anthony Archibald - A cappella
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A Cappella: Eliza Lee (Including lyrics) This is a request from Dinkee Dee who asked for two shanties, the second of which I will upload in a couple of days. This was a capstan shanty, and a favourite in Yankee Packets. It is also was known as "Clear the Track, Let the Bulgine Run". Other versions have verses with "the Margaret Evans on a blue sky line". Packets were so-called because they were ships that carried mail from Britain to America. In 1818, the Blackball line was founded by a group of Quakers. This was the first line to have a regular schedule. Seamen serving aboard were called "Packet Rats". Most of the seamen hailed from New York or were Liverpool-Irish. Bulgine was a slang term at the time for engine. In the annotations, I have indicated the "shantyman's" part in white lettering while the "crewmen's" part is in yellow lettering.
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Anthony Archibald - A cappella
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Guitar: The Sound Of Sirens (Including lyrics and chords) During the last fortnight, the Isle of Man held its annual motorcycle festival, the Tourist Trophy Races, or TT for short. An influx of over four and a half thousand motor bikes were transported to the island by the Steam Packet Company along with thousands of fans here to enjoy the atmosphere of this special event. My friend Roger Woodcock wrote this parody on Paul Simon's "Sound of Silence" and sang it for us at our Tuesday night session at The Manor Hotel, Willaston, and gave me the lyrics afterwards. Roger sings 'a cappella', but I have accompanied myself on the guitar for this tongue-in-cheek look at the TT. (Shoprite is the name of the local supermarket chain, and Tynwald is the name of the Manx Parliament.)
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Guitar: The Shamrock and The Thistle (Including lyrics and chords) "The Shamrock and The Thistle" is a song requested by Ken Shuttlesworth. Performed by The Corries it should I suppose really be sung around New Year, but the request came a couple of weeks ago. I found the lyrics on a couple of sites, but had to correct them by listening to the Corries version. The chords I have devised for myself.
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Guitar: Our Delaware (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request for this song from Cyril Devine. Wikipedia has the following about the song; Our Delaware is a poem written by George Beswick Hynson, published in 1906. It comprises three verses, each honoring one of Delaware's three counties, with the fourth verse added by Donn Devine commemorating the American Revolution Bicentennial in 1976. It became the state song in 1925 by an act of the General Assembly. The musical score was composed by Will M. S. Brown specifically for the poem. On reading this, I checked with Cyril Devine who confirmed that he is a distant relation to the Donn Devine who wrote the fourth verse which I include in my interpretation. The chords I am using are of my own devising.
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Mandolin, Guitar and Violin: Jack and Bramble I wrote a tune for one of my lady musician friends a little while ago, calling it "Rose of Sharon", Sharon being my friend's name. Yesterday, I wrote a new tune for another of my lady musician friends, Shiela. Shiela plays a number of instruments and in particular has recently begun to learn the bagpipes as has Sharon. Shiela practises on her bagpipes in a field in which she keeps two donkeys. I have named this tune "Jack and Bramble", these being the names of the two donkeys. I am a bit of a technophobe and do not have any sophisticated recording equipment. I first wrote out the tune using MuseScore2 using a violin voice. I then played that back on my computer, strumming along to it with my guitar and recording the result on my camera. I then played that on the computer and played my mandolin along with it to produce this video. If you would like a PDF of the sheet music for this tune, send me a message including your email address and I will let you have it. (No charge).
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Guitar: Loch Maree (Including lyrics and chords) I found the lyrics for this song on a thread in Mudcat.org and as I had uploaded a song "Loch Maree Islands" some time ago, decided to try this one out too. The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Autoharp: It's Almost Tomorrow (Including lyrics and chords) At our monthly meeting of the Isle of Man Autoharpers in May, Alan Williamson introduced us to this song written by Written by Eugene H. Adkinson and Wade Buff. It was performed by The Dreamweavers, a group that included Adkinson and Wade in 1955 and reached No. 7 on the Billboard chart in the United States, and No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. It was later released in the UK by Mark Wynter in 1963, but only reached number 12 in the UK charts that time. I do not recall the song, but then again, they say if you remember the sixties, you weren't really there!!!
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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2017 May 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 May. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) The weather was kind to us most of the time, but on the final walk of the month, a thick mist reduced visibility to virtually nothing. The bluebells have been particularly lovely this month as have other plants. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Smile - Guitar Goodbye Horses - Guitar Hallelujah - Guitar Every Time - Guitar My Dear And Only Love - Autoharp As Time Goes By - Guitar Too Much Love Between Us - Guitar Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Guitar Molly Malone - Autoharp Arrane y Niee - Autoharp 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: Amigo's Guitar (Including lyrics and chords) As with my last upload, "Amigo's Guitar" is a song from the repertoire of Kitty Wells and was written by her in collaboration with John D. Loudermilk and Roy Botkin and is a simple two-chord song. Like my last upload, "Too Much Love Between Us", this one was brought to my attention by Pat Flynn.
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Guitar: Too Much Love Between Us (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Ed Bruce and Tom McKeon, and performed by Kitty Wells, "Too Much Love Between Us" is a song that a new YouTube friend and subscriber asked for help with the chords. I had not come across this one before, but it was not difficult to find a chord progression to fit, so here is my interpretation of the song. Wikipedia has the following article about Kitty Wells: Ellen Muriel Deason (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), known professionally as Kitty Wells, was an American pioneering female country music singer. She broke down a female barrier in country music with her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" which also made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.
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Guitar: Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (Including lyrics and chords) One of my friends wanted to sing this song at a recent sing-around at sheltered accommodation in Ramsey, but at the time, whilst I knew the song, I did not know the chord progression for it, so she sang a different song. I have since looked it up and here is my own interpretation of it. Written by Richard Leigh and recorded by Crystal Gale, it was released in March 1977 as the first single from Gayle's album We Must Believe in Magic. Despite the title, Gayle herself has blue eyes. Most of the chords used should be familiar, but I was not sure of Bm7-5 and found one possible version that my arthritic fingers allow me to form easily: x20202 i.e. the same as B7 but lift off index finger leaving the fourth string open.
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Guitar: As Time Goes By (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931, "As Time Goes By" was a modest hit until it was used in the film "Casablanca" sung by the character "Sam" played by Dooley Wilson. After the release of the film, the recording studio, "Victor" re-issued Rudy Vallée's 1931 recording, giving Vallée a number one hit in 1942. Since that time it has been sung by many well known artists including Frank Sinatra, whose version, sung in the key of B, is the one my own interpretation is based on. "As Time Goes By" has since become the representative song of Warner Bros. and was also the title and theme song of the 1990's British romantic comedy series "As Time Goes By", starring Dame Judi Dench.
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Guitar: The Lochmaben Harper (Including lyrics and chords) A request for this song came from subscriber Cyril Devine. My YouTube friend Raymond Crooke also received the same request and his version can be seen at https://youtu.be/wwhtUVPtQf4 Raymond's version has more verses than mine which is based on the Andy Irving recording. As one of my friends would say, this is not so much a song as a narrative poem! It being so long, I was unable to do it in one take, and had to splice it together in places where I had gone wrong. The song is also known as The Blind Harper, but as I have already sung a different song of that title, I have used the alternate title "The Lochmaben Harper". The extra verses which have been omitted from my version tell how the harper's wife made up the plan to steal the Wanton Brown. The 'gude grey mare' had just foaled and the wife knew that if separated, the mare would want to get back to its foal. So she suggested that the harper tie the halter of the 'Wanton Brown' to the mare's tail and set them free, knowing that the mare would make her way back home.
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Guitar: Smile (Including lyrics and chords) I was asked to sing this song at our last monthly musical sing-around gathering at the sheltered accommodation at which I live. Although I knew of the song that was requested, I did not know the lyrics nor chords for it and said I would learn it for the next meeting which is Friday of this week. Wikipedia has the following information about it: "Smile" is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini's Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, based on lines and themes from the film, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile. "Smile" has become a popular standard since its original use in Chaplin's film. Nat King Cole recorded the first version with lyrics. It charted in 1954, reaching number 10 on the Billboard charts and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also recorded by Deana Martin on her second studio album, Volare, released in 2009 by Big Fish Records. Some of the chords may not be familiar to everyone, so here is a chart showing all the fingering I use: C (x32010) Cmaj7 (x32000) C6 (x32210) Dm (xx0231) Fm (133211) G6 (320000)
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Autoharp: My Dear And Only Love (Including lyrics and chords) This song is an extract from a much longer poem by James Graham, 5th Earl of Montrose. I have included five verses for this video, but The Corries only sang four in their version. The verses used by The Corries in their performances were set to music by my good friend, Ian Blacklaw Richardson, (better known to us as 'Max') who also wrote another song The Corries performed, namely "Scotland Will Flourish". (https://youtu.be/iJb_Ssi4FxA) I often accompany Max at our music sessions on a Tuesday night, frequently playing harmonica, and have prepared another version of this song in which I accompany myself on guitar and play the instrumental breaks on harmonica, and will upload that version soon. In the meantime, as today is the day of our monthly meeting of the Isle of Man Autoharpers, I thought I would upload this autoharp version first. There are only three chord bars being used to play this: G (middle finger); C (index finger); D (ring finger).
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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Guitar: Every Time (Including lyrics and chords) Under the alternate title, "I Will Love You", this song too can be found in the Fureys and Davey Arthur Song Book, but I already knew it as a Tom Paxton song entitled "Every Time". I have uploaded it before, but using inferior equipment, so I have done a new version. The version the Fureys sang differs in interpretation from Tom Paxton's original, but as his is the one I am more familiar with, my own interpretation is I think closer to that one than the Fureys' version.
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Guitar Derrol In The Rain (Including lyrics and chords) This is another song from the Fureys and Davey Arthur Song Book. By way of an introduction to the song, Finbar Furey wrote the following: "I wrote this song for a great friend. It tells about him performing in the teeming rain to 10,000 people at Cambridge Folk Festival. Not one of them moved as they watched him." The friend referred to was Derroll Adams, an American folk singer/song writer who played the banjo and who was a great influence on Donovan. I had not come across this song until I found it in the book, so this is my first attempt at it.
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: The Rooster (Including lyrics and chords) This is another song I found in the Fureys and Davey Arthur Song Book. Words and music by Ian Anderson, I found a number of versions of this one on YouTube from American performers with different lyrics, but the same basic formula.
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Guitar: Hallelujah (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a version of this song some time ago, but the equipment I was using was a webcam that had its own ideas of when to zoom in and any increase in volume of my voice or guitar caused sound interference. Also, I was using a set of chords that required me to place my capo on the 7th fret which sounded OK, but was not so easy to play, so this time I have chosen to use a different set of chords which allows me to sing in the key of A by placing the capo at the second fret which for me makes it easier to play and sing. With regard to the on-screen lyrics and chords, since YouTube have in their wisdom decided to do away with their annotations in favour of 'end screen' and or 'cards' which do not do what I want, I have been experimenting with the Video Editor I use to create my videos, and have yet to find the best way of presenting them. This has been one of my first attempts at this. I think I will be able to improve with future videos. One big disadvantage is that now it is not possible to correct typo errors after the video has been created.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Sailor's Prayer (Including lyrics and chords) I prepared this song a few weeks ago, but now cannot remember if it was a request, or something I saw and heard on Facebook or YouTube. I believe that it is usually sung 'a cappella', but I felt it was quite nice with a gentle guitar accompaniment, so I have made up my own accompaniment to it. The song lyrics and tune were written by Tom Lewis, but the chorus is traditional.
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Guitar: Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the Fureys and Davey Arthur Song Book, "Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway " is a bitter-sweet little ditty written by Gerry Rafferty. If you are not familiar with the chord Cmaj7, it is simply the same as C with the third finger lifted off. i.e. 032000. Likewise, Am7 is the same as Am with the third finger lifted off. i.e. 002200
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Guitar: O'Carolan Tribute (Including lyrics and chords) I have recently been given a copy of The Furey's & Davey Arthur Song Book and am trying out ones that I have not done previously. The O'Carolan Tribute is one such, the lyrics praise both Turlough O'Carolan himself and Sean O'Riada, the latter being the main instigator of the revival of traditional Irish music and in particular, the music of O'Carolan. The tune to which the lyrics are set is O'Carolan's "Planxty Irwin".
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Autoharp: Molly Malone (Including lyrics and chords) At the monthly meeting of the Manx Autoharpers in April, we had been working on the song Molly Malone. Each member presented their own version, and all were done slightly differently depending on the skill level of the players. This is my version. (I somehow managed to present the lyrics to the final verse at the point at which I chose to play an instrumental, and was unable to remove them, but they only appear briefly there, reappearing at the correct point later. I am still coming to terms with having to write out the annotations in my editing suite now that YouTube have discontinued their annotations in favour of 'end screens' which do not do what I require!)
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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2017 April 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 April. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) The weather was kind to us most of the time, but on Easter Sunday half way through our walk, the heavens opened and we had to abandon it. This is a lovely time of the year with Spring flowers coming into bloom and blossom appearing on the trees making it a real pleasure to get out into the countryside and enjoy the bounties of Nature. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: O’Carolan Tribute Guitar Secret Love Guitar Woman Sweeter Than Man Guitar Only Children After Rain Guitar Little Brown Jug Autoharp Rainbow’s End Guitar Cricket In The Hearth Guitar The Rooster Guitar Ode To A Woman Guitar By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Guitar 1916 Guitar Old Atlantic Shore Guitar Salonika Guitar God’s Gonna Cut You Down 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 - Guitar/autoharp
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Guitar: Ode To A Woman (Including lyrics and chords) This is the third song from the collection of songs by Rex Brisland that my friend Derek Tootill gave me, and again, because the recording was not too distinct, I got the lyrics from Derek, but had to work out the chords for myself as I could not find the song anywhere on the 'net.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Guitar: Connecticut Redneck Song (Including lyrics and chords) I have been asked to sing this song by subscriber Cyril Devine. Written by David Stephens, the song is about a disaffected resident of Foley, Alabama who moves up north to Storrs, Connecticut, but finds when he gets there, he would rather be back home in Alabama. Stephens performs the song to a banjo accompaniment, but I have chosen to play the guitar for two reasons; I am not skilled enough to play the banjo as fast as the song requires, and I have been finding that it puts too much strain on my shoulder making it painful to play. (I suffer from a painful complaint called 'polymyalgia') I had difficulty finding the lyrics and chords for this one. I did manage to work most of the lyrics out listening to Stephens own version, but had help from Cyril Devine himself and from Jim Dixon on a thread in The Mudcat Café. The chords I worked out for myself.
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Guitar: Rainbow’s End (Including lyrics and chords) This is the second song that my friend Derek Tootill sent me by the performer Rex Brisland. As with 'Cricket in the Hearth', I had to guess at the chord progression, and have no other information regarding it as I have been unable to find the song on the internet. For some reason, apostrophes do not copy and paste when I add the annotations, so I have to enter them manually after pasting, but in this case, I missed the one that should have appeared in John O'Groats.
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Guitar: Cricket In The Hearth (Including lyrics and chords) A friend, Derek Tootill, gave me a recording from a performer called Rex Brisland with a number of songs that he felt I might like. I have not been able to find any of these songs anywhere on the internet, so with lyrics furnished by Derek, and chords I have worked out myself, I have done my own versions of some of these songs, the first being "Cricket in the Hearth". I have only just realised that I had not created on-screen lyrics and chords as I have with my recent uploads, so as YouTube has not stopped the creation of annotations yet, (they do so next week), I am adding them for this one, so my apologies to anyone watching on a mobile phone or i-phone, annotations do not work on those devices.
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Guitar: Only Children After Rain (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request for this song yesterday from Cyril Devine. It is a song performed by Liam Clancy, and I had some difficulty with it as I was unable to find a complete set of lyrics and nowhere could I find the chords. Joe Offer of Mudcat Café, furnished me with the lyrics, but I have had to work out the chord progression for myself, so it may not be exactly what Liam Clancy sang, but I hope, a fair representation of it. Although the song references troubles in Ireland, it might also apply to anywhere in the world where there is war or civil conflict. "Only Children After Rain" was written by Paul Foskin and Paul Grant.
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Guitar: Secret Love (Including lyrics and chords) The last video I uploaded was a song performed by Doris Day and just over a month ago, I uploaded 'Deadwood Stage' also performed by Doris. Secret Love is another of her songs, written and composed by Paul Francis Webster, (lyrics) and Sammy Fain, (music) for the film 'Calamity Jane' in which of course Doris Day starred in the title role. For my interpretation, I have chosen to play with a finger-style accompaniment the first time through, then strumming and whistling in the second run through.
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Guitar: By The Light Of The Silvery Moon (Including lyrics and chords) The song: "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" was published in 1909 and first performed by Lillian Lorraine. Written by Edward Madden with music by Gus Edwards, the song featured in a film of the same name, starring Doris Day in 1953. In the film, she sang it as a duet with Gordon MacRae.
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Guitar: Woman Sweeter Than Man (Including lyrics and chords) At a sing-around at sheltered accommodation at Kerroo Glass in Ramsey last week, Graham Alexander sand this on which was originally done by Cliff Hall of the Liverpool Spinners. I had thought that I had done most of The Spinners songs, but this one had eluded me until now.
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Autoharp: Little Brown Jug (Including lyrics and chords) According to Wikipedia: "Little Brown Jug" is a song written in 1869 by Joseph Winner, originally published credited to "Eastburn" (Winner's middle name) by J.E. Winner in Philadelphia. It was originally a drinking song. It remained well known as a folk song into the early 20th century. Like many songs which make reference to alcohol, it enjoyed new popularity during the Prohibition era. In 1939, bandleader Glenn Miller recorded and broadcast his swing instrumental arrangement of the tune with great success, and the number became one of the best known orchestrations of the American Big Band era. I had thought that I uploaded a guitar version of this song, but when subscriber "athull08" asked for it, I could not find that version on my channel and realized that it was one I had intended to do, but slipped my memory, so here is an autoharp version.
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Guitar: Press Gang (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Lee Moran for the song Press Gang gave me some trouble for the version he suggested I listen to differs from the a cappella version sung by Ewan MacColl. Also I was not able to find chords for the other version, so I have prepared my own version, basing my tune partly on the one Lee led me to and partly on the song 'The Parting Glass' using a chord progression of my own devising.
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Guitar: God’s Gonna Cut You Down (Including lyrics and chords) This song has been requested by subscriber "Hemmi Hedman". My friend Desi Kelly sings a lot of Johnny Cash songs, but I have never heard him sing this one. According to Desi, it is one of JC's later numbers. I have never heard it before, and was quite pleased to get a quite reasonable result from my first attempt at singing it, so although it is by no means perfect, here is that attempt. With the capo at the first fret, the Am chord is used predominantly, but for the lines "God's gonna cut 'em/(you) down" the sequence of chords is C Dm Em Am and at the beginning, I had some hesitation while trying to remember this sequence. I have chosen to prepare annotations in red as they stand out better against the background.
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Guitar: Salonika (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber 'DavidWTrolololol' led me to this one. David knows it as a song performed by Jimmy Crowley from Cork, but I first heard it sung by The Dubliners back in the days when I had hair! Salonika is the name of the second largest city in Greece, Thesaloniki, which was used during the Great War (WWI) as a staging post for troops from Britain and its allies as the troops were sent to other theatres of war such as Gallipoli and the Macedonian Front. As this song did not appear on any of the LPs I had of The Dubliners, however, it had slipped by me until this request.
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Guitar: Old Atlantic Shore (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "rjnrf" for help with this song has introduced me to a Canadian singer/songwriter that I have not come across before, namely "Stompin' Tom Connors". I must check out more of his songs. A short extract from Wikipedia: Charles Thomas "Stompin' Tom" Connors, OC (February 9, 1936 – March 6, 2013) was a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter. Focusing his career exclusively on his native Canada, Connors is credited with writing more than 300 songs and has released four dozen albums, with total sales of nearly 4 million copies. I have just spotted a small error in the annotations: in the chorus, it should read ...When the big sky's blue..... (The apostrophe did not copy when I pasted the lyrics)
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2017 March 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 March. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) We had mixed weather again this month. There were some really fine sunny days, but also some wet ones and on two occasions the weather was too wet altogether and I did not walk on those days. As mentioned last month, Storm Doris hit the island on 23rd February and on our first walk in March, we saw some of the devastation it had caused as we walked through Groudle Glen. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More Guitar Arkansas Traveler Guitar Perhaps Love Guitar The Deadwood Stage Guitar Bring Me A Boat Guitar Flight of the Earls Guitar Secret Love Guitar Last Kiss Guitar Chain of Love Guitar Flesh and Blood Guitar Big Weekend Guitar America 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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/12-string guitar
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Guitar: 1916 (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Lee Moran has introduced me to this thought-provoking and moving song written and performed by Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. As I discovered seven years ago when I uploaded another of Lemmy's songs, namely: "I Ain't No Nice Guy" (https://youtu.be/T6Wj2ELkbtc), although Motörhead were a 'punk rock' or 'heavy metal' band some of their songs do lend themselves to a folk style. 1916 is a song about the terrible 'Battle of the Somme'. From an article in Wikipedia, Lemmy wrote: "..'Nightmare/The Dreamtime' and '1916' both relied heavily on keyboards, which was very different for Motörhead – or any heavy band in 1990. I wrote the words before the music. It's about the Battle of the Somme in World War I...Nineteen thousand Englishmen were killed before noon, a whole generation destroyed, in three hours – think about that! It was terrible – there were three or four towns in northern Lancashire and south Yorkshire where that whole generation of men were completely wiped out.." The chord progression I am using for my interpretation of the song is one I found on the Ultimate Guitar site.
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12-string Guitar: Big Weekend (Including lyrics and chords) Big Weekend is a song written and performed by Tom Petty and perfectly describes this weekend for me. Today, (Friday), in the afternoon I host my monthly sing-around at the sheltered accommodation at which I live and tonight I play guitar with friends at The Crosby Hotel where we play session music. Tomorrow night I am going to an open mic night run by my friend Dickie Kelly and on Sunday night accompanied by my friend Shaz on flute, I am joining another island folk singer, Babs Killey, at the Mitre Hotel in Kirkmichael for a two hour musical concert. I have now more or less mastered the art of putting lyrics and chords on screen without using YouTube annotations which are about to be phased out. Where I show the chord 'A' as 'A*', it is played using the chord shape for 'D' sliding it up to the 9th fret. Dsus is x00233
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Anthony Archibald - 12-string guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Fisherman’s Song (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber, "Monolith Preacher", took me to this song written by Andy M Stewart and sung by the Scottish folk band "Silly Wizard" of which Stewart became a member in 1974. I have sung another of their songs namely "Queen of all Argyle" (https://youtu.be/7LXLdWc6WWg), but this is the first time I have come across The Fisherman's Song.
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Guitar: The Last Kiss (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request for help finding a song from subscriber, Jamie Cyr. He only knew the lyrics from the chorus, but I found the song he was after, it being "The Last Kiss". The following article from Wikipedia tells more about the song: "Last Kiss" is a song released by Wayne Cochran in 1961 on the Gala label. It failed to do well on the charts. Cochran subsequently re-recorded his song for the King label in 1963. It was later revived by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, Pearl Jam and several international artists, including the Canadian group Wednesday, with varying degrees of success. The song was one of several teen tragedy songs from that period. I even found a version by Elvis Presley when looking for the song on YouTube. The chord progression I found on Ultimate Guitar, transposing it to a key to suit my voice.
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Guitar: Arkansas Traveler (Including lyrics and chords) According to YouTube, this is my 3,000 th upload, though I think it is slightly more than that as some of my videos appear to have been removed for some unknown reason). Arkansas Traveler was originally written as a fiddle tune by Colonel Sandford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner in the middle of the 19th century. Lyrics were added in 1947 in preparation for its naming as the state song. The song is traditionally known to have had several versions of lyrics, which are much older than the copyrighted song. The official lyrics as the state historical song of Arkansas are copyrighted and can be found on the website of the Arkansas Secretary of State. The lyrics I am singing are not the official State Song lyrics, but Peter Pan record lyrics. I have always wanted to be able to play this tune on the banjo, but I am finding that I am in too much pain, due to a condition called polymyalgia, when I try to play that instrument, so have settled for trying it out on the guitar. I am not a particularly good instrumentalist, so this has been quite a challenge and is by no means perfect, but here goes anyway.
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Guitar: Am I That Easy To Forget (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Carl Belew and W.S. Stevenson, this song was first released in 1958, sung by Carl Belew, but has been covered since by many artists including Skeeter Davis; Gene Vincent; Jim Reeves; Patti Page; Engelbert Humperdink to name but a few. My friend Wendy Victoria Baron sang it on Sunday night at a sing-around at The Marine Hotel in Peel. My interpretation is based on the Jim Reeves version. I am still working out how to set up my own annotations using my Video Editor app. I have worked out how to align them as I want them now, but the font comes out too large on screen. I will adjust this in future videos.
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Guitar: Lay Down Beside Me (Including lyrics and chords) Written and performed by Don Williams, and more recently a duet by John Waite and Alison Krauss, my friends Derek Oates and Margaid Bird have been singing this one at our music sessions recently. My interpretation is based on Don Williams' original version. YouTube are doing away with annotations which is what I have been using to place on screen lyrics and chords for my uploads, so I have had to try to find another way of doing this. This is my first attempt at doing so, and I had some difficulty in placement with this one, but in future, I think I have worked it out better so that they will align to the top of the screen properly.
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Guitar: Flight Of The Earls (Including lyrics and chords) On Thursday night, some of my friends were rehearsing for a gig we are doing tonight at The Marine Hotel in Peel, a belated St Patrick's night. My friend Eddie Rough sang this song which none of us had heard before, and I liked it so much, I did this recording yesterday, (St Patrick's Day), and present it here for you today. "The Flight of the Earls" is a reference to an historical incident about which Wikipedia has the following article: The Flight of the Earls (Irish: Imeacht na nIarlaí) took place on 14 September 1607, when Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and Rory O'Donnell, 1st earl of Tyrconnell, and about ninety followers left Ulster in Ireland for mainland Europe. This song is of course set in modern times and was written by Liam Reilly. The chord progression is my own interpretation.
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Guitar: It Ain't Gonna Rain No More (Including lyrics and chords) This is one that had eluded me until yesterday when I found it in a list of songs I have just begun to work through. I never belonged to the scouts, and we don't have summer camps as they do in America, so although I may have heard the song, I have never sung it before. There are numerous verses, so I have just selected a few for my performance here.
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Guitar and Harmonica: Bring Me A Boat (Including lyrics and chords) My friends Lynne and Sue sang this song at our weekly sing-around last Tuesday and I thought it was such a beautiful song I would give it a try myself. Written by Declan O’Rourke and performed by Kate Rusby, this is a re-working of the song "The Waters of Tyne". On the version I listened to by Kate Rusby, there is a beautiful flute accompaniment, but in my own version, I have used my harmonica. Also, I have changed the gender, singing it from the point of view of a man rather than the Rusby version which is sung from the point of view of a woman.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/harmonica
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Guitar: Flesh and Blood (Including lyrics and chords) At a sing-around a couple of weeks ago, my blind friend Desi Kelly was asked to sing this Johnny Cash song. Desi may be blind, but has an incredible memory and sings more like Johnny Cash than JC himself. (Check out a playlist on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcjzdbNa2raLEbLlfEqtHny4lQRg5ED2L) With no hesitation, Desi played and sang the song even though he had not done so for over six years. I liked what I heard, so have now done my own version which I present here using a chord progression I have worked out for myself.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Guitar: Perhaps Love (Including lyrics and chords) Perhaps Love is a song my friend Derek Oates sang at a couple of concerts we did last month, one for the residents of the sheltered accommodation at which I live, the other at the Manx Blind Welfare Society. Written and performed by John Denver, there is a particularly moving version of it on YouTube where John sings it as a duet with Placedo Domingo.
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Guitar: Deadwood Stage (Including lyrics and chords) A week ago, the Isle of Man was hit by Storm Doris which caused considerable damage and mayhem in the south of the island in particular. On the following day, after the storm had passed, I was hosting our usual monthly sing-around at the sheltered accommodation at which I live and made the pun: "Yesterday, Doris had her Day!!" Doris Day, a lady now in her 90's played the title role in the musical film, "Calamity Jane" and this song was one of the first she sang in that film. There are more verses to the song, including one with a reference to Wild Bill Hickok: "on his gun there's more than twenty-seven notches", but I have just restricted myself to four verses. The song was written by Sammy Fain And Paul Francis Webster in 1953.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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12-string Guitar: Chain of Love (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Dickie Kelly sings this song, having heard the Irish country singer Mike Denver performing it on a recent trip to Portugal. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "The Chain of Love" is a song written by Rory Lee Feek and Jonnie Barnett, and recorded by American country music singer Clay Walker. It was released in January 2000 as the third single from his album Live, Laugh, Love. "The Chain of Love" reached a peak of number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, providing Walker with his thirteenth Top Ten hit on that chart. It was also his second Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Anthony Archibald - 12-string guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2017 February 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 February. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) February was rather wet and windy with only a couple of sunny days for our walks, but none the less, we managed to get most of them in, only losing one due to the severe winds of Storm Doris on Thursday 23rd. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Lus Vuigh Ny Manninee (Rose of Sharon) in the key of Am Flute Beg Your Leave Guitar Gentle Annie Autoharp Hand-Loom Weavers’ Lament Guitar The Holy Ground Guitar I’d Love You To Want Me Guitar Nickety Nackety Guitar Rawtenstall Annual Fair Guitar We’ll Meet Again Guitar The White Cliffs of Dover Guitar When Time Turns Around Autoharlp The Bolivar Guitar Lus Vuigh Ny Manninee (Rose of Sharon) in the key of Em 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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/autoharp/flute
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Autoharp: When Time Turns Around (Including lyrics and chords) At a concert I will be attending tonight, one of the two acts performing will be my friends Lynne and Sue who may well sing this sweet song. I first heard it sung by Lynne a few weeks ago and decided to give it a go on the autoharp. The song was released in 1988 by the Canadian 'new wave synthpop band' "Spoons" and was written by two of its members, Gordon Deppe and Scott MacDonald. I got a bit lost in the instrumental before the final half verse. It went on longer than intended. I hope you might just be able to hear the ticking of a clock in the final instrumental outro.
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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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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Anthony Archibald - 12-string guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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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
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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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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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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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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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Anthony Archibald - Flute/guitar
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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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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/harmonica
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