When Irish Songs Were Branded

ambience: male voice, singingAs I rode out on a moonlit night excitement for to find, I met on the way a pretty little lass and I asked her to be mine.Byrne: Lots of the old people done dancing. It wouldn’t be the young people like today. It would be fifties and sixties and plenty seventy aged people that would be dancing. And that was dancing that went on from about eight in the evening to two in the morning, non-stop.Musician and storyteller Packie Manus Byrne, reminscing about the Hoolies, the dances, back in the day in Ireland. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.ambience: tin whistleByrne: They had a thing about music in the old days, too. There was some tunes you couldn’t play, because it belonged to someone else. Aye, that was Paddy Somebody’s tune and you’re not to play that. Aye. Dancers were the same. There were lots of what we used to call step dances. And that would be mostly women. Women were better dancers than the men. I supposed the men were tired working in the fields all day and didn’t fancy dancing. But there were certain tunes that these women would dance to. And if that tune or whoever played that tune wasn’t in the house, they wouldn’t dance, wouldn’t dance to any other tune. Oh, aye. They had funny ideas about music.In memory of Packie Manus Byrne. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

When Irish Songs Were Branded

"There was some tunes you couldn't play, because it belonged to someone else."
Air Date:03/17/2020
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ambience: male voice, singingAs I rode out on a moonlit night excitement for to find, I met on the way a pretty little lass and I asked her to be mine.Byrne: Lots of the old people done dancing. It wouldn't be the young people like today. It would be fifties and sixties and plenty seventy aged people that would be dancing. And that was dancing that went on from about eight in the evening to two in the morning, non-stop.Musician and storyteller Packie Manus Byrne, reminscing about the Hoolies, the dances, back in the day in Ireland. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.ambience: tin whistleByrne: They had a thing about music in the old days, too. There was some tunes you couldn't play, because it belonged to someone else. Aye, that was Paddy Somebody's tune and you're not to play that. Aye. Dancers were the same. There were lots of what we used to call step dances. And that would be mostly women. Women were better dancers than the men. I supposed the men were tired working in the fields all day and didn't fancy dancing. But there were certain tunes that these women would dance to. And if that tune or whoever played that tune wasn't in the house, they wouldn't dance, wouldn't dance to any other tune. Oh, aye. They had funny ideas about music.In memory of Packie Manus Byrne. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.