BLACK VELVET BAND, THE

Latest update on 29/04/2016

Artist: Harry Cox
Author: traditional
Label: Topic
Year: 1955

Recorded by Ewan MacColl. The mentioning of Belfast in the first verse suggests Irish descent, the mentioning of Van Diemen's Land in the last one provided many Aussie covers on the side. Broadside versions circulate since the 1940s, when the action took place in Barking, Essex. Farmer Harry Cox picked this famous song from native ground.

Covers:

1957:

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger

1967:

Dubliners [hit UK]

1967:

Irish Rovers [Canadians]

1972:

Rum [as De Vuurrooien Band]

2003:

Dropkick Murphys

Also older American recordings as The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band: Carlisle Brothers ('34) on Melotone, Tex Fletcher & Joe Rogers ('37), Bill Carlisle ('46) on King, Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys ('49).

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