Noel Murphy I first met when attending a late night show in Sohohe was singing to a big guitar. A tall chap with a voice of Dublin proportions, and him standing there with the idea of visiting all the art of the Irish city man on the Englishand he did. "Stand up" he shouted, "and sing" and Lord be good to those with the definitive stance, wasn't he talking to me! Noel sang well and introduced his songs with what the professional calls aplomb, and asked me to write the notes for this disc.
Master McGrath is about a dog winning the Waterloo Cup for the third time in 1869. The dog was well liked in Ireland and gravely disliked in the land of the stranger, which, I suppose, is somewhere between Penzance and Berwick.
The Foggy Dew tells of the Irish who went off to fight the English in 1916, they said they won, and handed over India, Nigeria, Egypt, Zambia andwill yeh stop outa that.
McAlpine's Fusiliers is dedicated to the gentlemen of the steam hammer, pick and shovel.
Dinny Burns The Piper, well if you like that class of thingand I doyou'll be happy to know that Dinny is one of the most civil men Noel Murphy has ever met, and I'd be happy over that if that was all I had off this excellent record.