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The Roaming Irishman

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Alternative title: The Rambling Irishman

Source: G. Davies recording
Performer: Brazil, Lemmie
Place Collected: Sandhurst
Date collected: 13 October 1977
Collector: Davies, Gwilym

Gipsy melodeon player, Lementina “Lemmie” Brazil, was born near Southampton and spent 26 years of her youth in Ireland, before her family returned to England to settle in Gloucester. She described some of her tunes as “Irish” and used to play for step-dance competitions. Pete Shepheard recorded her in the 1960’s and early 70’s and Gwilym Davies recorded her twice, in October 1977 and April 1981, when she was living on a caravan site near Gloucester. She played a one-row melodeon in C. We have transcribed her music in D or G.

Good Luck to the Irishman Lemmie said “that was my poor father’s song” on the only occasion that she recorded this tune. It is a version of the tune commonly associated with the Lakes of Pontchartrain.