AULD TRIANGLE, THE

Created on 16/12/2008
Latest update on 10/07/2021

Artist: Brendan Behan
Author: Dominic Behan
Label: Spoken Arts Records
Year: 1956

Written by his brother as an introduction to his play The Quare Fellow (1954), about a condemned prisoner the day of his execution. Referring to the mice in his Mountjoy prison cell, while serving time for his part in IRA activities. Dominic also wrote The Patriot Game (see: The Bold Grenadier). Brendan earned his reputation as "a drinker with a writing problem" during a drunken appearence in a BBC tv-show in 1956, promoting the West End staging of his play while singing The Auld Triangle. The play was fist staged at the Pike Theatre Club, Herbert Lane in Dublin in November '54. Filmed in '62.

Covers:

1957:

Ewan MacColl [as The Banks Of The Royal Canal]

1963:

Liam Clancy [as The Royal Canal]

1964:

Ian & Sylvia [idem]

1967:

Dubliners [as The Old Triangle]

1967:

Bob Dylan & The Band [Basement tape]

1984:

Pogues

1985:

Paddy Reilly

1997:

Five Alive 'O

2005:

Dropkick Murphys

2006:

Bert Jansch

2006:

Young Dubliners

2008:

Jefferson Starship

2013:

Chris Eldridge-Marcus Mumford-Chris Thale-Justin Timberlake-Gabe Witcher [in film Inside Llewyn Davis]

2021:

Seafoam Green

Inspired by the music hall tune Never Let Your Braces Dangle. Some even recognize a vague echo in Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man. After all, Dylan covered The Auld Triangle as The Banks Of The Royal Canal with The Band during sessions for the Basement Tapes (bootleg).

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