#21 – Irish Song and Recitation Festival at the Irish Roots Cafe
The Irish Pub, Uilleann pipes, Study of Music in Ireland,
and our song today ‘By the Banks of the Roses’
Playing Time: 23:50
Song Starts at 16:45
Crying baby starts at 3:10
This weeks Chat and Sing is with Adam Braunschweig.
Adam grew up in Holyoke MA., outside of Boston and
Springfield. His father was born in Germany and came to
the U.S. in 1954. Adam started off playing Irish music
around 1999, playing guitar, moving to mandolin and tenor
banjo. From there he went to Ireland and earned a degree in
in ethnomusicology, (now there is a big word for you!), at the
University of Limerick. Then he began to study the Irish pipes
with Mikey Smith, a young uilleann piper from Dublin.
Just how did Adam come to be so involved in Irish music with
a largely German background ? He figures it had something
to do with all the Irish theme pubs he has been in. Adam
also notes that pubs offer an escape to folks coming in off
the streets from everyday life.
The Irish Pub sessions worldwide
We also talk about the development of the pub. Adam
says the Irish ‘session’ started with musicians in England, who
could not put such a thing together in local tenements, etc.. so
they migrated to the pub. We are talking about the Irish in
England, perhaps in the late 1940’s. They then went home
to Ireland and continued the practice, bringing the sessions
with them. The same thing happened when they came the states.
Neither music nor women were allowed in the pubs earlier
as a rule.
The pub in the U.S. is also noted as being very accessible, and
does not discriminate against other groups. Adam notes that
most of his pubs have a session every week or so, with fiddles
and instrumental tunes, and sometimes with a solo song being
sung. There seems to be more accordion music in Ireland,
along with female banjo players today !
Irish American Music
Mick Moloney, a great banjo player, has done some
great work researching the early Irish American songs from the
1920’s and earlier. (Far From the Shamrock Shore, is a great work.) It is found that an American song in an Irish session takes its own special form.
The guitar has not been in Irish music for very long, but lately
it has been with an open drone sound, sort of like an open
tuned bouzouki. It has nothing to do with the speed, it is
Pubs in Ireland vs Pubs in Boston
In the countryside in Ireland Adam found the family pub much
more old style than the pubs in the city. The city pub in Ireland
now resembles the Irish pub in America.
Adam also tells us that in Ireland, you can drop into a pub and play music anytime of the day. In America the available hours for singing might be limited. In Ireland he also found that some
singing clubs still exist.
Adam has been playing locally with his own group in K.C.,
and has a good mix of music. You might find him at Mike
Kellys Westsider. Some of his songs are from the anthology
of folk music. One of his current favorites is ‘The Banks of
the Roses’. His song for us today is that very one:
By the Banks of the Roses
By the Banks of the Roses my Love and I sat down.
And I took out my violin to play my love a tune
In the middle of the tune, O she sighed and she said
O Johnny, lovely Johnny, Would you leave me
O when I was a young man, I heard my father say
That he’d rather see me dead and buried in the clay
Sooner than be married to any runaway
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses
O then I am no runaway and soon I’ll let them know
I can take a good glass or leave it alone
And the man that doesn’t like me, he can keep
his daughter home
And young Johnny will go roving with another
And if ever I get married, twill be in the month of May
When the leaves they are green and the meadows
they are gay
And I and my true love can sit and sport and play
On the lovely sweet banks of the roses. (end)
Listen to the whole interview
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Emily with Harp, in Song !
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