“I feel like cryin’, ain’t got no tears to spare” — Mattie Delaney
Sunday, September 11, 2016
SELECTION OF IRISH MARCHES
The tongue in, er, cheek title of this collection might obscure the fact that it’s a collection of classic old-time music from around the world via the 78 collection of R. Crumb. As the back cover proclaims, it’s “The Holy Grail,” a declaration that’s pretty much on the money if you like old-timey music from the 20s and 30s, regardless of what culture produced it. The tune at hand is by Louis E. Quinn’s Shamrock Minstrels, who, in Mr. Crumb’s words, “recorded a few sides for a cheap line of dime-store records (American Record Corp.) in New York in 1933. The ‘Selection of Irish Marches’ includes ‘The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Hall,’ ‘The Green Flag,’ and ‘The Wearing of the Green.’” I detect snatches of “I Want to Go Where Jesus Is” here and there throughout the piece but what do I know?