When Irish Folk Music Migrated to England

ambience: tin whistle tuneByrne: I was born in a place called Corker Moor. All my people died out and I sold up and went away to England and carried on in show business there.Packie Manus Byrne was a tin whistle player, singer, storteller and a friend. Some years back he spoke to me about how for a while, Irish folk music had fallen out of favor in Ireland.I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Byrne: Well there was nothing worth mentioning happening in – especially here in Donegal. These old traditional songs seemed to catch on in England and the American songs caught on here. Country and Western and all that, all sung with an American accent. Oh Aye. If you couldn’t put on an American accent around here you couldn’t sing. And there were very few dance halls, very few big bands. And most of the jollification and the Hoolies and the dancing was done in the kitchen. Oh, a Hoolie is a gathering of crazy characters, and anything goes. There’s no rules or regulations. And there might even be a little whisky or maybe Poteen or something to keep the Jiz going.In memory of Packie Manus Byrne. We’ll hear more in future programs. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

When Irish Folk Music Migrated to England

"If you couldn't put on an American accent around here you couldn't sing."
Air Date:03/16/2020
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ambience: tin whistle tuneByrne: I was born in a place called Corker Moor. All my people died out and I sold up and went away to England and carried on in show business there.Packie Manus Byrne was a tin whistle player, singer, storteller and a friend. Some years back he spoke to me about how for a while, Irish folk music had fallen out of favor in Ireland.I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Byrne: Well there was nothing worth mentioning happening in - especially here in Donegal. These old traditional songs seemed to catch on in England and the American songs caught on here. Country and Western and all that, all sung with an American accent. Oh Aye. If you couldn't put on an American accent around here you couldn't sing. And there were very few dance halls, very few big bands. And most of the jollification and the Hoolies and the dancing was done in the kitchen. Oh, a Hoolie is a gathering of crazy characters, and anything goes. There's no rules or regulations. And there might even be a little whisky or maybe Poteen or something to keep the Jiz going.In memory of Packie Manus Byrne. We'll hear more in future programs. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.