The Shandrum still, song / Dinny McLaughlin, singing in English

Section: Sound Recordings
Tagged: Donegal, Inishowen Song Project

Come all ye gentle tipplers and drinkers of this state
And I hope I’ll interest you in these lines I now relate
Of a still took place in Shandrum by two important men
Right over there in Neillie’s ground by the assistance of Big Den.

The others were James Bradley likewise John’s Barney too
They struggled hard to get the stuff e’re Christmas came in view
Sugar it was hard to be got and plans they took a turn
Mary Dixie she got orders for to wash and scald the churn.

Johnnie Mhánais he did wonder when he saw the sight next day
A man with horse and cart and churn going o’er the Weaver’s Brae
But Barney soon informed him about the little show
Sure he told him it was Bradley going for treacle to the co-op.

Treacle it was troublesome they had for to procure
A man came up from Meentagh Glen the stuff for to make sure
But the lads and lassies from Shandrum came in with such a clash
Be the holy Jaysus Bradley don’t drink up all the wash.

Now the others wrought so hard that night they soon were tired men
And Bradley he requested for the assistance of Big Den
But the pleading of his brother did touch his manly heart
Sure he swore that he would get a glass before he’d make a start.

Now it not my intention for to advertise the stuff
But when I make a few remarks I think it’s quite enough.
For to convey my sentiments while attending on a spree
Ah this auld stuff was unsurpassed for strength and quality.

The Shandrum still, song / Dinny McLaughlin, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:209-ITMA-MP3
Main Performer: Dinny McLaughlin (White Hara)
Title:The Shandrum still [sound recording] / Dinny McLaughlin, singing in English
Section:Sound Recordings
Recording Location:Tommy Tourish's house, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
Recording Date:August 1980
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Physical Description: 1 computer file (MP3 file, ca. 2 min.) : digital, stereo
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Roud Number:10385
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