Sunday, January 23, 2011


OK, let's go way back: This Irish folk ballad was written in the macaronic form by 18th century Ulster poet Cathal Bui Mac Giolla Ghunna. Originally titled "Do Bhi Bean Uasal" ("There Was A Noblewoman {Lady}"), the original version was lighthearted, whereas the English translation is nostalgic and melancholic. The title refers to an ancient city NE of Belfast. A favorite of the Irish in Custer's 7th Cavalry. Played during John F. Kennedy, Jr's funeral in '99. Classic versions by Van Morrison, Paddy Reilly and Joan Baez. Recently re-popularized by Celtic Woman and Charlotte Church.

Yesterday's answer: "Whiskey River" by Johnny Bush. All that whiskey will do that to ya, especially so early in the morning! Gotta love ol' Willie!

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