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It only dawned on me recently how many versions of The Auld Triangle I have in my collection. By ‘my collection’, I mean Windows Media Player. Anyway, I thought a few were worth posting in case you haven’t heard them. I love some of these.

Cat Power: No doubt inspired by Bob Dylan, this cover from Cat Power is more than decent. I enjoy her cover records as much as her own material in all truth.

Jeff Tweedy from Wilco has covered the song live, and it is one of my favourite versions. This sounds excellent.

Christy Moore recorded an excellent rendition of the song, which can be heard on his Box Set.

This Pogues version comes from a Peel Session.

All great, and this is before taking other versions like Ewan MacColl’s into account, not to mention the numerous versions of bands like The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers. Enjoy.

The song was of course written by Brendan Behan and features in The Quare Fellow, a play currently running at The New Theatre on Essex Street, at the back of Connolly Books.

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Christmas, apparently.

Firstly, I haven’t a CLUE what Cidona has to do with Christmas. Must be a Ballyfermot thing. My mam and dad both insist Cidona reminds them of Christmas, and you “knew it was Christmas” when the horrible, child-cider like piss appeared in the house. I’ve never had much time for the stuff, and the tradition has come to an end in the household thankfully. For me, Christmas begins with a certain email from Ticketmaster.ie

Normally around August, you’ll find it there.

“THE POGUES CONFIRMED FOR A SET OF CHRISTMAS GIGS”

You can set your clock to it. Its as certain as Christmas itself rolling around at this stage.  It never lets down. I’m not one for ‘Fairytale’ I must confess (and this year, with the gig a good 10 days earlier than normal this is twice as true) but you’re guaranteed a good  long-set that takes you through the entire career, with everyone doing a bit of time on the vocal duty.

I’m always reminded of an encounter a friend had with Ronnie Drew at The Point a number of years back.  Drew was just off stage after belting through ‘The Irish Rover’, and out the front of The Point.

“Here, Ronnie- gis an autograph”

Bad start really.

“It’s Mister Drew to you son”

Fair enough.

“Mister Drew, gis an autograph”

“I will for a fiver”

With that, he signs the fiver and hands it straight back.

“Son, never pay anyone for an autograph, and if you do- value it properly”

I always think of that great story around Christmas, and I’m sure I’ll tell it to somebody in Brogans tonight.

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