Category Archives: Music

Under the Double Eagle

Via the RCB for Fairground Organs

Spies who Surf: “Nut Rocker”

Madness: “Nightboat to Cairo”


South Korea’s Rock Tigers, via PRI’s The World.

Bob & Earl: “The Harlem Shuffle”

The opening fanfare was borrowed by House of Pain, and the rest of the song was covered by the Rolling Stones. This is the original.

Laura Vane & The Vipertones: “Man of your Word”

Via the Dodologist

A very young Jean Butler

Dancing with the Chieftains at the Belfast Opera House, 1991

Allow Céilí Band

The All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band champions for 2007 play a selection of jigs, “The Shores of Lough Gowna” and “Willie Coleman’s.”

A commenter at YouTube: I’m marryin’ de concertina player

‘Backwoods’ on WMBR

Every Saturday morning from 10 to noon on MIT radio station WMBR 88.1 FM, John Funke brings you the best in vintage rock ‘n’ roll, country western and rhythm ‘n’ blues. The Jury Box has enjoyed listening to this unique show when the car radio reception is willing, and now discovers it is possible to hear it streamed live on the computer and to download back programs at the WMBR Archive. The Internet is a wonderful thing.

San Patricio

At NPR, listen to the new recording project by the Chieftains and Ry Cooder,
San Patricio, a “cultural mashup of Mexican and Irish music.”

San Patricio tells a story: A group of downtrodden Irish-immigrant soldiers deserted the U.S. Army in 1846 to fight for the Mexican Army in the Mexican-American War (1846-48). As you’ll hear, the result pays heartfelt tribute to the soldiers of San Patricio (Spanish for St. Patrick), in the form of the Mexican music they might have heard during breaks on the battlefield, as well as Irish songs from their homeland.

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At Facebook:

St. Patrick’s Battalion Pipes & Drums (Mexico City):

Churubusco Tattoo 2010

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American Heritage: “The San Patricios”

The key to the city’s defense was the fortress at Chapultepec, and as the U.S. soldiers prepared to attack it on September 13, 1847, thirty San Patricios were brought to Mixcoac to be hanged. All of them were bound at chest, hands, and knees, and the nooses set in place. Then they waited, watching the white fortress of Chapultepec Castle two miles away. Col. William S. Harney, commanding the execution detail, pointed his sword toward the fortress and told the condemned that at the very moment the Mexican flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes—“the flag you have dishonored”—they would die. For hours they waited in the shadow of death under the broiling sun.

“As soon as the flag was seen floating in the breeze they were launched into eternity,” an artillery man remembered. “What must have been the feelings of those men when they saw that flag—for they knew their time had come! But on the other hand, a cheer came from them which made the valley ring.”