Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Attitude problem

A transcription for Bouzouki

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I Had Fifteen Dollars

William Henry Kennedy, known as Harry Kennedy (c. 1855 - January 3, 1894) was a popular ventriloquist and songwriter.
Kennedy was born in Manchester, England around 1855 (obituaries stated his age as either 39 or 45, the latter putting his birth year around 1849), and was a talented ventriloquist as a child. After working briefly as a teacher and seaman, by 1871 he had made it to Montreal and began performing as a ventriloquist. He debuted in New York City in 1874 and traveled with various minstrel groups. In 1890 he opened "Harry Kennedy's Theatre" in New York, but sold out and moved after one season to a smaller venue (the Alhambra) on Coney Island. He also managed a bar on Fulton Street in Brooklyn.
Songs he wrote include "When Peggy And I Are Wed," "Molly and I and the Baby," "Say Au Revoir, But Not Good-bye," "A Flower from Mother's Grave," "Cradle's Empty, Baby's Gone," "An Old Fashioned Photograph," "Patsy Branigan," "I Owe Ten Dollars to O'Grady," "I Had Fifteen Dollars in my Inside Pocket," "Hush Don't Wake the Baby," "Grandmother's Birthday," and "Little Empty Stockings By the Fire."
He married his first wife, Nellie in 1876, and she died in 1883. He married again in 1886, and his second spouse (Mary) died in 1890. Survived by five minor children, Kennedy died at his home in Brooklyn of Bright's disease on January 3, 1894 and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn.

Friday, November 9, 2012


This is a classical piece for guitar composed bij Hector Ayala.
I've made a transciption for bouzouki

Sunday, November 4, 2012


It has given its name to "Boolavogue", a famous Irish ballad commemorating the Irish Rebellion of 1798, when the local parish priest Father John Murphy led his parishioners into battle on May 26, 1798. The Wexford insurgents were eventually defeated at the Battle of Vinegar Hill on June 21. Father Murphy and the other rebel leaders were killed. Fr Murphy was hanged, then decapitated, his corpse burnt in a barrel of tar and his head placed on a spike as a warning to other rebels, many of whom nevertheless fought on for up to 5 years afterwards.