Mudcat Café message #683521 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #44455   Message #683521
Posted By: GUEST,Martin Ryan
05-Apr-02 - 05:23 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Patriot Game
Subject: RE: Patriot Game
"The Battlefields of Spain" was written by Joe Mulherron of Belfast/Derry, using "Bantry Girl's Lament" as the model. He also included it in a set of balladsheets he produced many years ago - which had an interesting consequence. When he had finished screen-printing them on to 500 sheets of high quality paper ("A pound a sheet, damn it!", as he said)he realised he'd overlooked a typo in the spelling of "Connolly Column"! This explains why, during a run of Spanish Civil War songs at the recent Inishowen Singing Festival, Frank Harte was heard to call on Joe to "Give us the one about the Con-ON-olly Column!"!