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As I rolled out with one of the radio broadcasts. Local origins universe speaking for all people that can be shared by all for this program the good spirits always start out in Scotland and are on the road and stopped to get a drop something to give us a toast. She should jump. In.
little boy with me. That is as Tennessee is never a castle right. Try again but I'm only going to say oh no I am she.
She's around. Money is the dame she's a she's children in the country and he's let me suck up on out a back met a blind man. Just what is. There now to quench your thirst. Well that was the brewer song
call on a Folkways album number 8 7 5 9 in the pubs of Scotland can be heard in a number of rollicking songs. Now here's Jeannie Robertson who doesn't frequent pubs but she knows ladies who do. She's here to sing one of the pub songs of Scotland. She has one of Scotland's greatest voices and she gives us the song that she says I have to stand up and throw it off because it's hard to sing. But she does it beautifully. And here's Jeannie singin with my roving eye. She. Said. How we do. It was then or we don't know it
is that. Who way. Morrow we were one. She mad. We. It's true. Oh. Not all of them very well. Oh and how he did. It. When. You.
Go back home in Kentucky we didn't have pubs. Not what you call pubs that were roadhouses but then any of those still are some ladies who did do a similar thing. They took part in running a moonshine still back up in the mountains. We had a few back up in our holler and we always had to chase them off their land. One of these ladies who helped to run a pub called Cory Pete Seeger is here to sing the song for you about darling Cory and he says that is one of the most popular songs to come from the hills relating to our subject and he's right. The way they did the downlink a pardon excuse me. So am I a
robber go home and Boehner cariole still house. WAKE UP WAKE THE DARLING. Where hanging around my head like you do in my body a. Pretty women killed me most day. The way up way oh my oh do bears puking.
On me in their home. You can haunt you. Whole years though you. Do the best I can but I never have my own age oh ok who and neither gamble in. 0 0 0 0 last time a feat and whoa re he was didn't bang. In my family used through the grape whatever it is you want to
call it the current far kind of medicine. At least my mother would have it so I remember my granny had a little fruit jar she kept all my time and she said she took it about once or twice a day and have to keep her lively and keep her well and she was a merry old lady anyway and she never did anything wrong. Smoked a pack of these big red checkered aprons and everybody in she was a charter member of the Oregon Baptist church and everybody was afraid ever so she sort of made the rules around there. My folks made a great plan Applejack the main thing that I remember was homebrew. I don't know how homebrew is made out of that in the Kentucky mountains I never did find out but I remember we used to store it up in the air aloft and I was the only person that was little enough to create been through the little outside door and bring it out some uncle when he used to come to say me would always give me a quarter to go up and get him a bottle of home brew. So I had a good business guy. I want to sing for you our family song about moonshiners. It's a noble sort of moment some long drawn out mountain holler
and I learned it from a sister Junie my older sister uni and she said she learned it from well just walking up and down the creek on a stale Sunday afternoon and listening to the boys play lowdown songs on the banisters and she of course wasn't allowed to go over and join them but if you listen very carefully you could learn a whole song just by walking up and down the road. And that's how we learn the moonshiner song. I was. In. The. I. O. O. O.
O. Do you see God. Yeah. Now let's go over to Ireland and we'll meet again with the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem we have we've met them often before on this program. They are old friends of ours we met him way way back when they first came to this country. And but even before that I met Tommy Macomb in Ireland when he before he had come over.
They didn't even sing much in the days we first met them and we used to try to urge them to because we like to listen to them and they would always hang back and say we can't really saying that. Now they've changed their minds and they really are. Singin very well and they have among other records one for that they made for tradition. IT'S NUMBER 1 0 3 2 and it's called Come fill your glass with us. They have a version of the moonshiners too. And let's listen to him sing it now. Shiner for my wife's call me
mon was a biote Harlow nice said you still love me. You got her return. Or the gum were a long ways from the horror near you're gone who like me were living alone or living on the moon was shining Don't kill me. HARLOW I know we're a long long
long walk. Home. I don't. Showing deer moonshine you know how your right leg forward right. Right right in the long term hormone
when brought on by you. Is Tom Clancy on a tradition recording Come fill your glass with us singing the Irish version of the moonshiner song. I'd like to tell you a little bit about the time when we were in England I suppose singing in pubs in England is really the place. It all started it seems so anyway. We had been talking to Peter Kennedy in London one day and Seamus and us and they were collecting at that time for the VC and they said to us come on with us because we're going up to a sort of a football match where they sort of hesitated because they didn't know how to describe it and turned out nobody does even after you've been there you wonder what's
been going on. It's in a town called Hexie in Lincolnshire and in Lincolnshire There's a pub called the King's Arms and up on the wall the king's arm is in the King's Arms is a little long. It's not little it's fairly well guess about. 10 to 12 inches long a rolled up kind of leather thing hanging on the wall and they call that the hood are in Lincolnshire they say that good good. And every sixth of January they have what they call the wood games and they take this thing out is supposed to be represent a rolled up hood that blew away the ladies had Monday to go away and out into the very muddy field it was that year. They throw this thing up in the air at a certain signal and when it comes down the members from the two rival pubs try to get this thing and get it back to their own pub. Well you've never seen such wrestling and struggling in your life that they tramp through everybody's flowers and write down stone walls and everything cause there's a solid mass of humanity about all I'd say about 200 people all pulling into different directions
and it's very very frightening to watch because it. It's like a living thing. And it moves a few inches at a time. And they call it the sway. They sort of all are have their arms around each other and somebody with the with this thing is in the middle getting crushed to death and there is sort of weaving back and forth on the road and sometimes it takes hours to get this thing to one pub or another. The year we were there the Kings Arms want to get well anyway to get make a long story short I could never tell about this thing for hundred years. You have to go there and see it yourself on the 6th of January. Not before they go around singing what they called good songs there are three songs and the time the clock strikes midnight the whole town is well not very sober anymore. Let's play for you here. The good singers the Kings Arms pub the night before and they're singing like all the song cannons I don't and I never understood why. And there's a custom you'll hear it too at the end of the song they yell out the name of the song canna are barley carne and this is two sort of magic to prevent a stealing of a song by outsiders. They think if
they yell and at the end this is a magic charm that will protect the song. I wish it were so today. Anyway here's drink holding the King's Arms. Yeah it was ok the way I am. I am OK. The. Way I Am the. Way the the.
Well as long as we're in England and the subject of English pubs let's hear ale Lloyd who is a specialist I suppose an English songs and also Australian songs. He has an album called English drinking songs made from Riverside. It's our LP 1 2 6 1 8 and on it he sings a song called three drunken Huntsman. He says about the song The farmhand with a belly full of beer and a head full of bees has listened to the song with something you're quiet ecstasy. Well I'm very anxious to hear this. Let's hear it. No way. Oh OK.
Well oh hey I'm saying it says Paris for the day all of them run that way. That was the label as a way oh ok. Well this whole program is respectfully dedicated to the following recipe and expounded by Oscar Brand on Riverside LP 1 2 6 3 0 0 and then the song is the copper kittle and he gives a receipt on how to make. Her car and. Then call her. When the new car in the.
Car. Just lay there. And watch you. Watch. The mood news her eyes. Are. High and watch her live. To love. The. Way with. Her to victory. Out of. It all he use knowing. Her on it would be a chain by. The sea. Just laying there due to. The mood it was. Either one thought you.
Saw fit. To love. My daddy image who was hit that Granddaddy to to entertain DOA whole whiskey time since 70 to. Just relax A. Bit what you did. My. Mood is brought to. Watch touch. To. When I good luck on that recipe. And here's your good help like I am and
all that. Take an excursion into the folklore firmament. Our topic was the good spirits drinking songs of America in the British Isles. She said.
I hope you'll join us again next week when we take another trip through the folklore and music of America and the British Isles. Many of the portions of this program were compiled from recordings made by Gene Ritchie on her husband while he was on a Fulbright scholarship in the British are here next program this Richie will sing and play folk music from Shakespeare has done. This program was produced by eyes adore him and directed by Stuart silver. As I roved out with
Jean Ritchie is a recorded production of Riverside radio wor Diarra New York City produced under a grant from the National Association of educational broadcasts. This is the NOAA ABC Radio Network.
As I roved out
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The Good spirits
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