[Dixielandjazz] "Maggie" was Irish Dixieland Tunes

Brian Towers towers at allstream.net
Thu Feb 26 14:43:46 PST 2004

'When You & I Were Young Maggie' is very much Canadian.   The words came
from a poem written by George Johnson from Binbrook, near Hamilton ,Ontario.
It was about his wife who had died within a year of their marriage in 1864.
The words were set to music by a young Englishman, James Butterfield in
1866.  The old mill referred to in the lyric/poem still stands at Albion
Falls, near Hamilton.

I know all this 'cause we recorded the song  back in 1990!   I shall play it
this week at my club session.

Brian Towers,
Hot Five Jazzmakers,

From: "Stephen Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "Mike Durham" <mikedurham_jazz at hotmail.com>
Cc: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 2:05 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Irish Dixieland Tunes

> Ha, Ha, But then perhaps Maggie Clark, the subject of the song, was an
> Canadian? After all, "Canadians" are typical "North Americans". A
> homogeneous mixture of all races, just like those of us in the USA. Many
> Clark's in North America are of Irish, or Scotch/Irish descent. The only
> originals in North America are the native Indians. ;-) VBG
> I also said in that post that there were tunes like "Sister Kate" (written
> by an African American, no less) "that can be sold as Irish American"
> "Maggie" fits well within that category as does "Peg O My Heart", whether
> either, or neither are Irish. No? ;-)
> And, the audience that Kurt is playing for will be like Maggie, or Peg,
> Irish Americans who will relate to both tunes.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> Mike Durham wrote:
> > When You And I Were Young Maggie -Irish, Steve? No way - written by a
> > Canadian, no less. Let's not steal one of their few big hits!
> >
> > mike
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