Saturday March 15, 2008:
Theme: Two songs on spitzer, one for Kitty, one for election talk
then on to today's theme for the Irish
By Verena Dobnik, APress Writer Thu Mar 6, 6:24 AM ET
NEW YORK - It's depressing, it's not usually sung infor St. Patrick's Day, and its lyrics were written by an Englishman who never set foot on Irish soil. Those are only some of the reasons why a Manhattan pub owner is banning the song "Danny Boy" for the entire month of March.
"It's overplayed, it's been ranked among the 25 most depressing songs of all time and it's more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick's Day celebration," said Shaun Clancy, who owns Foley's Pub and Restaurant, across the street from the.
The 38-year-old Clancy, who started bartending when he was 12 at his father's pub in County Cavan, Ireland, promised a free Guinness to patrons who sing any other traditional Irish song at the pub's pre-St. Patrick's Day karaoke party on Tuesday.
The lyrics for "Danny Boy," published in 1913, were written by English lawyer, who never even visited Ireland, according to Malachy McCourt, author of the book "Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad."
He said Weatherly's sister-in-law had sent him the music to an old Irish song called "The Derry Air," and the new version became a hit when opera singer Ernestine Schumann-Heink recorded it in 1915.
Some say the song is symbolic of the great Irish diaspora, with generations of Irish fleeing the famine and poor economic conditions starting around 1850. Others speculate it's sung by a mother grieving for her son or by a desolate lover. Lyrics include: "The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying/ 'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide."
"Danny Boy" was recorded byin the 1940s, served as the theme song of television's " " from 1953 to 1964. It has been performed by singers ranging from and to Johnny Cash and .
At least one patron at Foley's was glad to hear the song was banned from the pub for the rest of the month.
The song is "all right, but I get fed up with hearing it — it's like the elections," Martin Gaffney, 73, said in a thick Irish brogue.
Gaffney said Wednesday he looked forward to crooning his own Irish favorites, such as "Molly Malone" — whose own theme is hardly a barrel of laughs.
A sort of unofficial anthem of
5. Dervish - Intro 44 Spailpin Fanach 246
Live in Palma - Kells
6. Tracy Sands & Rod Macdonald - Red Is the Rose
Voice on the Line -
7. Modern Man - God Loves the Irish 443
The Wide Album :Modern man Recorded Live at the Bottom Line - Inverted Turtle Records
8. Lee Murdock - Star of the County Down 457
Wordless - leemurdock.com
9. Debra Cowan - Johnny Be Fair 108
The Long Grey Line - DebraCowan.com
10. Johnsmith - Up in County Down 312
Traveler - johnsmithmusic.com
11. Lui Collins - (J Hardy) Tinkers Coin 615
Baptism of Fire - Green Linnet Records
12. Jack Hardy - Drinking Song 412
Tinker's Coin: Celtic Anthology -
13. Nancy White - Gaelic Envy
Gaelic Envy - Borealis
14. Mhaire Buineall 108
Clannad in Concert -
15. Clannad - Siuil A Run
Dulaman - Shanachie
16. Connie Dover - Ned of the Hill 721
If I Ever Returned - Taylor Park Music
17. Kitty Donohoe - An Meid Raite 447
This Road Tonight - Roheen Records kittydonohoe.com
18. Colcannon - Confession 2:14
Saint Bartholemew's Feast - Oxford Road Records
19. Eileen McGann - Leaving this Nation 552
Turn it Around - dragonwing
20. Maria Dunn - Nan McGowan 226
For a Song - www,mariadunn.com
21. James Keelaghan - Galway Races 320
A Few Simple Verses - Jericho Beach music jerichobeach.com
22. Delores Keane - Galway Bay 339
Best of... - Torc Music, Blix street
23. Tracy Sands & Rod MacDonald - Step it out Mary
Voice on the Line -
24. Chieftains with Mark Knopfler - Lily of the West
Chieftains, Long Black Veil - RCSAVictor
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