Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Today's tune in the lead up to St. Patrick's is actually an English traditional about Jack Hall who was hanged at Tyburn in 1707. Hall a bitterly unrepentant criminal condemned to death for stealing. He was sold by his parents as a climbing boy, or chimney sweep.

My favorite version is this one by the Irish Descendants.They recorded it on three albums: Misty Morning Shore in 1991; So Far So Good: The Best Of The Irish Descendants in 1999; and We Are The Irish Descendants in 2004.

However, the most nostalgic version is sung by the Sons of Erin. A group of my university friends used to spend a great deal of time at Erin's Pub, on Water Street. This song became a bit of an anthem for us on talent night. 

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