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Golden Jubilee (Ryan's Fancy) videos
#752: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Spoken:
Well, we'd like to do a song now for Patsy and Bridie,
the Golden Jubilee. Take it away, Fergie...;

Way down in the county Kerry
in a place they call Tralee,
A fine old couple they lived there
named Kate and Pat Magee;
They're going to have a hooley
on their golden jubilee,
Well, Kate says she to Pat Magee,
come listen here to me:

Oh! Put on your ould knee britches
and your coat of emerald green,
Take off that hat, me darlin' Pat,
put on your ould cáibín;
For today's our golden wedding,
and I want them all to know,
Just how we looked when we were wed
fifty years ago.

How well do I remember
when first I was your bride,
In the little chapel on yonder hill
where we stood side by side;
Your hair was like a raven's wing,
now it's turned to grey,
Oh, Patsy dear, come on and hear
what I am going to say:

Oh! Put on your ould knee britches
and your coat of emerald green,
Take off that hat, me darlin' Pat,
put on your ould cáibín;
For today's our golden wedding,
and I want them all to know,
Just how we looked when we were wed
fifty years ago.

How well do I remember when
we danced in the village green,
You held me in your arms, dear Pat,
and called me your cailín;
Of good friends we've had many,
and troubles we've had few,
Oh, sweetheart dear, come on and hear
what I'm going to tell to you:

Oh! Put on your ould knee britches
and your coat of emerald green,
Take off that hat, me darlin' Pat,
put on your ould cáibín;
For today's our golden wedding,
and I want them all to know,
Just how we looked when we were wed
fifty years ago.

Oh! Put on your ould knee britches
and your coat of emerald green,
Take off that hat, me darlin' Pat,
put on your ould cáibín;
For today's our golden wedding,
and I want them all to know,
Just how we looked when we were wed
fifty years ago.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an Irish traditional ....####
This variant is from a performance by Ryan's Fancy in March of 1977 from the CBC Television series Ryan's Fancy, during a visit with Bridie and Paddy Judge, the Cape Shore singer and storyteller from Patrick's Cove, in Placentia Bay, NL. It was recorded sitting around their kitchen table.

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

From Wikipedia:
Cáibín - caubeen; little hat; variation of the beret or tam o'shanter, taken from the traditional Irish peasants' headdress. It is very high on the off-side (usually the left), and it sometimes has narrow black tapes in its edge that are tied neatly in the back to secure it; the Canadian version is made with wide tapes.
Cailín - colleen; a generic term for Irish women or girls.

From Wiktionary:
Hooley - traditional evening of Irish music and dance; an Irish party.

The video below features a variant recorded by Ray Walsh & Family of Bay-de-Verde, NL (The Passing Of The Years, trk#1, 1996, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL, recorded at Piper Stock Productions).

Liner notes: During the 60s and 70s Ray Walsh performed on CBC Radio and CBC television in the nationally syndicated show All Around The Circle. He is from Bay-de-Verde and is joined here by his daughter Michelle, son Greg and brother Ron.


#940: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a variant recorded by Dan The Street Singer from Louisburgh in County Mayo, Ireland (cassette: Among My Souvenirs, side#2, trk#5, Rainbow Reords).

Excerpted from a feature article by Tyrone country singer Gene Stuart published September 7, 2006, in The Mirror (London, England):

During the 1980s, Dan the Street Singer was a regular guest on the Late Late Show and other television programmes on both sides of the Irish Sea. His real name was Basil Morahan and he came from Louisburgh, County Mayo. He died in the summer of 1998 at the age of 68. A man of extraordinary talent, he was a secondary school teacher in Westport CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) for many years. A gifted writer, he published a major book entitled Burning Truths in which he campaigned for the right of priests to marry.

But it was as Dan the Street Singer that he became something of a countrywide institution. He was a regular on the streets of Tralee during the annual Rose Festival for many years and also on the promenade in Salthill, delighting locals and visitors alike as he pulled his cart behind him and performed the much loved ballads of other days. His fame saw him emerge as one of Ireland's foremost cabaret attractions and he enjoyed huge popularity all around the country but especially in Derry and parts of Ulster where he gained wide acceptance from all sides of the community.

As Dan the Street Singer, he recorded a number of albums and became a very good friend of Tyrone country singer Gene Stuart. Wherever he went, he left an impression. Dan was truly a special entertainer and a very special person.


#1619: YouTube video by IrishMusicCountry
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


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