Rowdy dow dow

This is one of my favorite bits for a St. Patrick’s Day playlist. But the first time I heard the song, it was on a Planxty album. A different sort of a tune altogether, don’t you know.

At the time Planxty included Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny and Liam O’Flynn; Paul Brady didn’t join up until later. I saw Irvine and Brady play at a small venue in Corvallis in the early Eighties, and it was quite the show. Here’s their take on the same song.

I have all these on vinyl. One of these days I have to get off me arse and digitize ’em so.

• Editor’s note: And yes, I did make it home without incident. Never even had to check a bag and risk my proud-ofs getting lost in the ozone. The final flight was the topper — Nazi torture seats the size of a child’s car seat and all the elbow room of your “final destination,” a passenger nearby who apparently decided to marinate in cheap cologne in lieu of showering,  another who clearly had given up washing his feet for Lent (1976), and a baby re-enacting episode one of “The Death of Mary, Queen of Scots.” Good times. The next show is in Louisville, Kentucky, and if I go, I am so driving.

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8 Responses to “Rowdy dow dow”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Well, look on the bright side. You were not flying Air Malaysia.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Boy, no shit. I thought the aliens confined themselves to scooping up hillbillies retail. They seem to have opened up a wholesale anal-probe market.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Now, that is a mystery.
        Welcome back Mr. Dog. I used to hate those 3 or 4 day business trips back East. Took me a week afterwards to figure out what time it was.

  2. Steve O Says:

    Bill Maher: “the airlines need to stop pretending that they are in the service industry, and just start opening up the gates and letting us fight to see who gets to sit on the mailbag”

  3. Steve O Says:

    I’m guessing” over the hills and far away” isn’t on anyone’s St. Paddy’s day playlist

    “King George commands and we obey …”

  4. Larry T. Says:

    Happy St. Patty’s day to all, but after seeing that green-clad mob alongside PO’G at Charlotte, please puke in your own direction, thanks!
    Had a good time at NAHBS 2014, mostly because of hanging out with some nice people. I’ve covered the bikes I liked on the CycleItalia blog here http://cycleitalia.blogspot.com/2014/03/nahbs-2014-part-1-bikes.html
    with further posts on the rest of it to come later, including a blurry shot of some left-wing screwballs I hung around with.
    I take my wife’s advice and try to be a stoic when it comes to air travel – “I expect nothing, I fear nothing, I am free” and take perverted joy in watching other passengers ratchet up their angst, anger and dread. Nothing you can do is gonna make much difference, so why bother? I had to almost run through the Minneapolis airport to make my connection, but I was home on the rapidly thawing plains of Iowa by 9 PM despite the Omaha baggage handlers doing their best impression of the their counterparts in Rome…not the stealing stuff out of the passenger’s bags, but just taking their own sweet time unloading the plane!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Casa benvenuta to you too Mr. T!

      You wife’s advice in sound. Other than paying extra for the right seat for us, we air travel in that mode as well.

      Now off to your site I will go to see what you found of interest other than a bar with Patrick in tow.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Nice pics over on your site, Larry.

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