BONNY BUNCH OF ROSES, THE

Latest update on 20/02/2017

Artist: Harry Cox
Author: traditional
Label: EFDSS
Year: 1945

BBC recording; see also: The Fowler. The Bonny Bunch Of Roses is what Napoleon so desperately craved for: stands for the British isles and symbolizes the bond between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The song is probably Irish originally. There's a version mentioned in Chicago by piper and flute player John Ennis, who followed up Chief O'Neill at the head of the influential Chicago Irish Music Club (1903). Sometimes crediting George Brown who wrote broadsides in the 1830s. That's the period wherein the action takes place: the song is a conversation between the son of Napoleon who intends to re-conquer the world at the head of a new army after his father's death and his stepmother who tempers the ambition by praising the strength of the British army.

Covers:

1949:

Seamus Ennis [one year before his death (°1862)]

1949:

Phil Tanner

1952:

Louise Holmes [BBC recording for Peter Kennedy]

1952:

Peter Donelly

1954:

Thomas Moran

1956:

A.L. Lloyd

1957:

Paul Clayton

1958:

Seamus Ennis [Irish musicologist (1919-1982), uilleann piper, song collector and producer with both Radio Eireann and the BBC]

1958:

Sam Larner [BBC recording]

1959:

Patrick Clancy [on Newport Folk]

1960:

Joe Heaney

1960:

Robert Graves

1965:

McPeakes [Irish clan; see also: Wild Mountain Thyme]

1971:

Bob Davenport

1971:

Nic Jones

1972:

Ewan MacColl [a '58 recording with Peggy Seeger was released in '14]

1974:

Cyril Poacher

1976:

Chieftains

1977:

Fairport Convention [title track lp; they'd already recorded it in '70 for the BBC]

1978:

Dolores Keane

1979:

Shirley & Dolly Collins

1980:

Willie Clancy

1991:

Martin Simpson

1993:

Louis Killen

1994:

Barry Dransfield

2003:

Bob Copper & Martyn Wyndham-Reid

2011:

June Tabor & The Oyster Band

2015:

Sam Lee

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