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Lyr Add: The Bard of Armagh (Jim Brannigan)

02 Aug 07 - 04:17 PM (#2117640)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BARD OF ARMAGH (Jim Brannigan)
From: katlaughing

It is my pleasure to share with you a tribute to Tommy Makem written and performed recently by Jim (Lad) Brannigan. You may listen to it at myspace: Click Here

"The Bard of Armagh"

Come all ye brave comrades who sit at my table
I'll tell you the news now I fear it won't keep
For he who is master of legend and fable
Has closed his poor eyelids forever in sleep.

For the hall stands deserted. The music is over
The chairs neatly folded, the lights dimmed and gone
And all who have known him from Keady to Dover
Their heads bowed in sorrow, their hearts all forlorn.

No more does the lark soar so high in the morning.
No more does the curlew bestow his soft call
The blackbird is hushed and the white dove in mourning
For one who is silent, the best of us all.

And high in the heavens the angels stand ready
Their voices in chorus, the harps all in tune
And light now the heart of one sweet gentle lady
To know that her loved one is coming home soon

So come all lads and lassies who sit at my table
Come rich man come beggar from near and from far
Then raise up your glasses and drink if you're able
To the bold Tommy Makem, The bard of Armagh.


Thanks, Jim. It is beautiful.

kat


02 Aug 07 - 04:24 PM (#2117648)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Ernest

Beautiful song.

Best
Ernest


02 Aug 07 - 04:25 PM (#2117649)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Sorcha

Aw, Jim, that one brought tears.


02 Aug 07 - 04:40 PM (#2117669)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Jim Lad

Thank you Kat for putting it here and not on Tommy Makem's thread.
No doubt there will be a hundred tributes just like my own.
I invite you to place them here if you wish.
Respectfully.
Jim


02 Aug 07 - 08:11 PM (#2117853)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: pattyClink

Thanks, Jim, a very well-done lament.


02 Aug 07 - 08:31 PM (#2117862)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: katlaughing

Alba says, "Bloody wonderful! Go on ya boy!"


02 Aug 07 - 09:02 PM (#2117872)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: GUEST,meself

Great on ya, Jim.


02 Aug 07 - 09:08 PM (#2117876)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Jim Lad

Loved your story, Meself. Can you just imagine, singing away to yourself and Makem & Clancy joining in, out of nowhere?


02 Aug 07 - 09:22 PM (#2117883)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: GUEST,meself

I do imagine that - every time I reach the chorus of whatever song I'm singing ...


02 Aug 07 - 10:23 PM (#2117917)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: KT

Jim, that's a wonderful tribute and a wonderful song.


03 Aug 07 - 07:35 AM (#2118171)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Beautiful....


03 Aug 07 - 02:07 PM (#2118439)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Folkiedave

Well done Jim, top tribute for a top man.


03 Aug 07 - 02:23 PM (#2118450)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: George Papavgeris

Lovely song, really well sung too. The spare a-rhytmic style shows the song off to its best advantage. Tommy will be smiling at you, Jim.


03 Aug 07 - 02:49 PM (#2118473)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: GUEST,RPinPA

Very beautiful and haunting. I'm sure Tommy is smiling.


03 Aug 07 - 04:08 PM (#2118535)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Charley Noble

Nice work, Jim.

I wouldn't dare sing it for a while. I doubt if I could make it through without choking.

Charley Noble


03 Aug 07 - 04:26 PM (#2118550)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Jim Lad

I was hoping to see some contributions from the likes of yourselves.
No hurry though.
Put some honey in your tea, Charley.


03 Aug 07 - 04:49 PM (#2118566)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: gnu

Tears. Thanks Jim.


03 Aug 07 - 11:46 PM (#2118795)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Greg B

Ah, he's smilin' down on you, JimLad.


04 Aug 07 - 12:05 AM (#2118800)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Peace

I'll repeat my message to you but in fewer words. It's a beautiful song for a wonderful guy. Good one, Jim.


04 Aug 07 - 03:41 PM (#2119118)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Waddon Pete

Well done, Jim!


05 Aug 07 - 12:55 PM (#2119732)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Beautiful Jim! Tommy, I think, would be pleased!
               Slainte,
                     Sandy


05 Aug 07 - 01:58 PM (#2119775)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Jim Lad

Took it down, this morning. Thanks for the comments.


05 Aug 07 - 02:29 PM (#2119799)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Stringsinger

Yep! Beautiful memorial. Can't find the tune, though, Kat. Searched the page.

Please someone post the tune.

Frank Hamilton


05 Aug 07 - 03:18 PM (#2119842)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Jeri

Frank, Jim said he took it down (it was up for 3+ days) this morning. The original song is the Bard of Armagh, the tune is basically the Streets of Laredo. Original song and tune in the DT

Good song, Jim. More sad than anything else, but a lot of people are going to connect with that feeling.


05 Aug 07 - 05:14 PM (#2119932)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Ref

Just beautiful, Jim. Thanks to Kat.

On a sad and ridiculous note, the New York Times obituary described "Four Green Fields" as "...a song about an old woman whose sons died trying to stop someone from stealing her land." Screw 'em. We'll remember Tommy.


05 Aug 07 - 05:47 PM (#2119949)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Jim Lad

I was sure it was about the French Revolution, that and "Green Fields of France". Now I've been known to be wrong once in a while but not this time.


06 Aug 07 - 12:31 AM (#2120113)
Subject: mp3 of Tommy Makem's The Curlew Song
From: GUEST,Maireid Sullivan, Melbourne, Australia

My small offering in tribute to the great Tommy Makem RIP
Please feel free to download and share my rendition of Tommy Makem's sad, yet beautifully poignant "The Curlew's Song".
(the spoken intro. is a short Yeats poem)
http://maireid.com/Never_Drift_Apart/5.The_Curlew.mp3%20

THE LYRICS:

The Curlew's Song by Tommy Makem
and W.B. Yeats' poem, 'He Reproves the Curlew'

He Reproves the Curlew
By W.B. Yeats

Oh! Curlew! Cry no more in the air or only to the water in the west.
Because your crying brings to my mind passion dimmed eyes and long heavy hair,
that was shaken out over my breast. There is enough evil in the crying
of the wind.

The Curlew's Song
By Tommy Makem

I heard a Curlew singing low
On a moor where wild winds blew.
And the sound of his sad lonesome song
Made me feel lonesome too.

Cold winter came and the moorland froze
The winds blew loud and strong
I of'times have gone through the snow
And heard a Curlew song.

Soft sun-warmed days of summer came
Through green-leaved days of spring
I soon forgot that lonesome song
I heard the Curlew sing


06 Aug 07 - 07:09 PM (#2120505)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Greg B

JimLad, have you taken the recording down?

I sent it to a mate of mine at work as an illustration of just how
good the human voice could sound, yet it wasn't there on the page.

He's an expert in the field of musical synthesis--- I wanted to show
him that there's sometimes no substitute for the organic and primitive.


06 Aug 07 - 07:38 PM (#2120516)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: pattyClink

Ref-- the reporter originally said he was known for such songs as Green Fields of France!   I went to the AP site and gave them a correction to Four Green Fields. Was delighted to see they made the change later in the day (how many others jumped on them about it, I wonder) and he had stuck in the new bit about the lady and her fields. Sigh. He made such a speedy effort to fix it, I just couldn't whine about it again.   

An ancient aunt who turned me on to a lot of good ballads told me she loved the song for years before someone finally told her it was about the four provinces. She thought it was about the 4 gravesites of her sons. Oh well, even the best of us get confused.


06 Aug 07 - 09:07 PM (#2120541)
Subject: RE: A Tribute to Tommy Makem from Jim Lad
From: Jim Lad

I'll stick it back on until Thursday then.
I'm starting the album tonight so maybe I'll have another song for you before I lie down.
Regards.
Jim