Mudcat Café message #9356 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2338   Message #9356
Posted By: Alice
23-Jul-97 - 12:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Frog in the Well
Subject: RE: Lyr? Frog in the well
Wolfgang... further notes on this... the Mary O'Hara album that I have mentioned has notes written by Liam Clancy. For this song he writes," There Was A Frog Lived in the Well has been passed down through several generations of the Clancy family. I thought it was a family possession until we first got a radio and I heard Burl Ives sing "Frog went a Courtin'". I was amazed that someone else knew my mother's song. He didn't have my favorite verse, though: "The big duck came and gobobbled him up". The beautiful accompaniment is Mary's composition." This whole album is Mary singing solo accompanying herself on the Irish harp. Liam Clancy also writes (this is in the 1950's) that Mary O'Hara was one of the leading figures in the revival of the Irish harp and had "devoted much study in the method of playing used by the Irish bards". Alice