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Brennan On The Moore lyrics and guitar chords, Irish Folk Song Made famous by The Clancys

Brennan On The Moor Chords

[C]Tis of a brave young highwayman this [G7]story I will[C] tell
His[C] name was Willie Brennan and in [F]Ireland he did[C] dwell
It was[Am] on the Kilwood Mountain he com[F]menced his wild car[C]eer
And[F] many a wealthy nobleman be[C]fore him shook with[Em] fear

[C]Brennan on the moor,[Em] Brennan on the moor
Bold, [F]brave un[C]daunted was young [G7]Brennan on the[C] moor

One day upon the highway as young Willie he went down
He met the mayor of Cashiell a mile outside of town
The mayor he knew his features and he said, Young man, said he
Your name is Willie Brennan, you must come along with me

Brennan on the moor, Brennan on the moor
Bold, brave undaunted was young Brennan on the moor

Now Brennan's wife had gone to town provisions for to buy
And when she saw her Willie she commenced to weep and cry
Said, Hand to me that tenpenny, as soon as Willie spoke
She handed him a blunderbuss from underneath her cloak

Brennan on the moor, Brennan on the moor
Bold, brave undaunted was young Brennan on the moor

Now with this loaded blunderbuss - the truth I will unfold -
He made the mayor tremble and he robbed him of his gold
One hundred pounds was offered for his apprehension there
So he, with horse and saddle to the mountains did repair

Brennan on the moor, Brennan on the moor
Bold, brave undaunted was young Brennan on the moor

Now Brennan being an outlaw upon the mountains high
With cavalry and infantry to take him they did try
He laughed at them with scorn until at last 'twas said
By a false-hearted woman he was cruelly betrayed

It was Brennan on the moor, Brennan on the moor
Bold, brave undaunted was young Brennan on the moor



(Willie Brennan was an Irish Robin Hood in the late 1700s. He was a Waterford man but carried out most of his exploits in Co Tipperary.  He was betrayed by a comrade for the price on his head. Willie was executed in Clonmel Gaol and buried in Kilcrumper between Kilworth and Fermoy.  His grave was not marked.)

The Clancy Brothers were an Irish Folk Music singing group, most popular in the 1960s, who are often credited with popularizing Irish Trad. Music in the America , The brothers were Pat Tom and Liam Though born in Carrick On Suir Co.Tipperary , they did not begin playing together until they emigrated to the United States where, in 1955, they met Tommy Makem in New York, For years the quartet performed as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.
The four were primarily vocalists, though Makem was an accomplished banjo and tin whistler player, and Liam played guitar.


Pat would sometimes play harmonica. Nevertheless they often were accompanied by other musicians, notably Pete Seeger on several occasions. They began playing at small clubs in Greenwich Village , but as their popularity grew so did their venues. By 1962 they played Carnegie hall
Their popularity is the result of several factors. There was already an American folk revival beginning in the United States, and men such as Ewan Mac Collpopularizing old songs on the other side of the Atlantic. But it was the Clancy's boisterous performances that set them apart, taking placid classics such as "Brennan on the Moor" and giving them a boost of energy and spirit (not that they took this approach with all their songs; they would still sing the true mournful ballads with due reverence).
In 1961 they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, playing a double set after the last minute cancellation of another act. They were a resounding success. Two years later they performed for President John F Kennedy at the White House


The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem recorded more than 50 albums together, starting with The Rising of the Moon (also known as Irish Songs of Rebellion) in 1956. In 1975 the band split up. Liam and Tommy Makem reformed as the duo Makem and Clancy and released several albums, while the remaining brothers were joined by their other brother, Bobby, and their nephew, the accomplished musician Robbie O'Connell , However, the original line-up did reform for special concerts, notably in 1984. The original three brothers have also recorded with other artists, notably


After Tom died in 1990 he was replaced by Bobby, and the Clancy Brothers and Robbie O'Connell continued to tour the world, in 1995 Robbie, Paddy, Liam, Bobby and his son Finbarr made a last performance together in Clonmel , Pat died in 1998 and Bobby died in 2002. From 1996 through 1999, Liam and O'Connell toured as Clancy O'Connell & Clancy with Donal Clancy of the next generation of the Clancys.
The group's trademark was their cream Irish wool Aran sweaters, originally knitted by their mother, which they wore on nearly all their album covers, but not necessarily their live performances.


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