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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Tir na Nog on 7-29-18--Trenton








When I was at Tir Na Nog four years ago, an Irish cop drove me to the train station afterwards. Yesterday, a guy jokingly said after hearing my story, "Did you go with or without handcuffs?" On the first and third Sunday of each month, there's an Irish jam session.



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1 comment:

Ian Keenan said...

One of the customers said "put on some music" and the first song was Dominic Behan's "The Patriot Game," which a young lad from Derry sang along to, which struck an emotional chord with me.. that wasn't 'just a song' to him.

Liam Clancy's version..

https://youtu.be/RQBW6UQa8Fc

Dominic was Brendan's little brother.

"Dominic was born into the multi-talented Behan family in Dublin in 1928.

"Like his brothers and father, he worked as a house painter before moving to London where he wrote radio scripts for the BBC as well as writing some of the songs for which he is remembered, including McAlpine’s Fusiliers."

https://www.irishpost.com/entertainment/dominic-behan-man-wrote-mcalpines-fusiliers-iconic-emigrant-ballad-adored-irish-121077

that article documents how Dominic bitterly accused Bob Dylan of plagiarism for With God on His Side. The Clancy Brothers was one of the primary influences of Dylan.

other web pages on the song:

http://compvid101.blogspot.com/2009/04/a-bitter-legacy-dominic-behans-patriot.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Patriot_Game

https://bob-dylan.org.uk/archives/1430

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.