Rollicking Boys Around Tandragee, The
DESCRIPTION: The song is about Tandragee, its "darling colleens" and "rollicking boys." Other places have their fine points but Tandragee has its wonderful dancers, bold men and rare singers. "The gem of oul' Ireland is Tandragee"
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (IRTunneyFamily01)
KEYWORDS: dancing music Ireland nonballad home
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Tunney-StoneFiddle, pp. 91-92, "The Rollicking Boys Around Tandragee" (1 text)
Michael Gallagher, "The Rollicking Boys Around Tandaragee" (on IRTunneyFamily01)
cf. "The Bunch of Green Rushes that Grew on the Brim" (tune, according to Tunney-StoneFiddle)
NOTES: This song strings together references to other songs: "The House That Jack Built," "The Praties They Grow Small," "Donnybrook Fair," "Irish Jaunting Car," "The Rakes of Kildare," ...; and famous men: Robert Emmet, Burke, Dan O'Connell and Thomas Moore.
Tunney-StoneFiddle: .".. a good-humoured swipe is made at quite a few sacred cows.... 'That', he [the singer] maintained, 'is the satire to slay all stage-Irishmen!'" - BS
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