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Free state adjudicator, song / Joe Mulheron, singing in English

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At these auld gatherings for years well it always made me weary
For to hear them auld boys sing them big ballads long and dreary
But me mother said son sing and nothing would placate her
Then it’s down to the Fleadh the Fleadh Cheoil adjudicator.

Well I practiced hard for days songs of love and of Napoleon
Then at the single last three times aye the auld fellas started a loud coughing
I could catch the authorities eye for to stop that auld diddley-dee none braver
Then it’s down to the Fleadh the Fleadh Cheoil adjudicator.

At Fermanagh now for years we’ve been plagued by Paddy Tunney
And Frank Harte in Dublin town would only sing for the big money
But there’s none of them I feared none of them I favoured
Until I was betrayed by a free-state adjudicator.

He said me Ulster style was wrong and me choice of song was shocking
And the ornamentation nil boys I was going to clock him
Me song had been sung by the Fenian men by that bard John Reilly later
Ye got that from Christy Moore says this Free State adjudicator.

Well the parish priest up next and I saw me chances fading
The Free State adjudicator smiled aye the green and the brown scapulars around him trailing
And I dropped my carry out aye the bottle of Buckfast I did break her
The pioneer pin began began to glow on the lapel of that adjudicator.

Up to Dublin he’d been sent for two days intensive training
Buying Mac Mathúna pints aye the auld certificate to gain in
He thought sean nós was a boy who would join the session later
Aye from Monkstown he emerged an expert adjudicator.

When Ireland’s set free by young men and women brave and daring
And Belfast will host at last the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann
All informers will be shot and every rogue and every traitor
And the last song we’ll request from our Free State adjudicator.

Free state adjudicator, song / Joe Mulheron, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:686-NC-V8
Main Performer: Joe Mulheron
Title:Free state adjudicator [videorecording] / Joe Mulheron, singing in English
Section:Videos
Language:English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Format:Video
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:Ballyliffin Hotel, Ballyliffin, Co Donegal
Recording Date:27 March 1999
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 3 min. 46 sec.) :digital, stereo
URL:http://www.inishowensinging.ie
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle

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