Spree (The)


Tom Brandon (1927-?) was born in Midland but later moved to Kinmount. He worked on lake freighters and in lumber camps and picked up songs in both those settings. Edith Fowke collected a number of songs from him in 1958. "The Spree" is part of the drinkin' & fightin' patter song canon that formed a part of the "stage Irish" repertoire on the music hall stage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's cut from much the same cloth as "The Night Pat Murphy Died" and "Finnegan's Wake". It can be found in "Traditional Singers and Songs from Ontario" by Edith Fowke, 1965.

There's a link below to Tom Brandon singing it.


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Title Spree (The)
Subject Social Life & Love Other Music, Dance & Entertainments Songs of Social Life
Year 1958
Locale Eastern
Keywords Irish music hall stereotype

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