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|Micho’s Dozen: Traditional Songs from the Repertoire of Micho Russell, Doolin, Co. Clare|
1. Poor Little Fisherboy
Learned by Micho from his next-door neighbour, Thomas Conole. Micho did not particularly like Thomas’s air so he sings it to the tune of ‘The Tri-coloured Ribbon.’ This song has found popularity from Texas to Newfoundland and from Sussex to Aberdeen. In Ireland it has been collected in Galway and Kerry as well as Clare. Closely related to ‘The Farmer’s Boy,’ one can see in both songs a dream of escape from the bondage of poverty which must have been very close to the hearts of many of the song’s singers. This dream is now pursued by buying tickets for the National Lottery!