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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW 3/13/15-The Night Paddy Murphy Died (Clawhammer)

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MusicManMike - Posted - 03/13/2015:  08:05:10

Because its so close to St. Paddy's day, I got the go ahead to do one of my favorite pub songs! Although a staple in Irish pubs this song was actually written in Newfoundland, Canada. It's seems to be hard to pinpoint the writer but a lot of fingers point to Jonny Burke. I love this song for the humor. Its about a guy named Pat Murphy, who passes away and was disliked by pretty much the whole town. In the event of his death they throw him an Irish style wake (The story seems to suggest that it takes place in Ireland). Everyone at the wake is treating it like a crazy celebration and getting drunk and showing their real feelings in the lyrics "They said it was a sin and shame, and they winked at one another. But every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died". There is also a hilarious line about realizing that they had gotten so drunk they realized they forgot his corpse when they get to the graveyard. Hope you guys enjoy "The Night Pat Murphy Died"

(Sorry folks couldn't figure out how to embed for the life of me) 

Edited by - Lynne on 03/13/2015 08:20:59

VIDEO: The Night That Paddy Murphy Died - Clawhammer Banjo
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avesbanjo - Posted - 03/13/2015:  08:24:54

Live links:

MusicManMike - Posted - 03/13/2015:  08:55:17

Thank you Brent, can you shoot me a message on how you did that?

Chadbanjo - Posted - 03/13/2015:  15:32:24

ha, good stuff man. popular one for sure. My grandfather told me some funny stories of wakes back in his day.....cant have fun with the corpse at a wake these days. When my great aunt Agnus passed, what a feast we had, booze and food, the priest was on it to.


MusicManMike - Posted - 03/13/2015:  18:32:25

Thank you Chad, appreciate it. Gigging at a local bar this Tuesday, gonna try to record some live pub music =)

Zischkale - Posted - 03/14/2015:  08:44:11

Thanks for sharing, Mike, great song, glad there's some St Paddy's spirit in the air. You can frail that thing with the best, I hope we get to hear some of this live gig you're doing.

JanetB - Posted - 03/14/2015:  16:59:45

I didn't think I'd enjoy this much a good ole boys' drinking song, but it was fun to hear and arrange.  MountainManMike, you must be giving your audience a happy, rousing time with that performance.  Here's a snippet of the song with my style of "playing the words."  I chose double C tuning to hit the low note.


Edited by - JanetB on 03/14/2015 17:04:27

The Night That Paddy Murphy Died (TOTW)

The Night That Paddy Murphy Died (CH) tab

MusicManMike - Posted - 03/14/2015:  19:32:32

That's too cool Janet! I love it! What a blast these old tunes still are, yeah? =)

MusicManMike - Posted - 03/14/2015:  19:35:13

Thank you for the compliments Aaron, much appreciated. Pretty sure Im gonna have the camera rolling on Tuesday, I'll try to get some of the tunes up and edited on Weds. and put them in the "Sound Off" area

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