Here's a little pre-Christmas quiz for ye, not to be taken too
seriously. The first set of correct answers will entitle the winner
to a free pint in Baily's Corner, Tralee, to be collected and
consumed personally. The letters (A, B, C or D) of the correct
answers spell out the beginning of an old Christmas carol in
ABC form (hint: in the key of F).
Who said that there is "no boghole too deep for all the accordions
A. Sea/n O/ Riada
B. Sine/ad O'Connor
C. Tony McMahon
D. Se/amus Ennis
Who said "Strum, strum and be hanged!" and to whom was he
A. Sea/n O/Riada; 1960s ballad groups
B. Breanda/n Breathnach; Donal Lunny
C. Christy Moore; Luka Bloom (ne/ Barry Moore)
D. Wolfe Tone; harpers at the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival
Who, when asked by a cocky youngster at a session, "do you
know 'The Star of Munster'?", replied "I AM the Star of Munster"?
A. Jackie Small
B. Jackie Coleman
C. Jackie Daly
D. Jackie Brown
Who, when asked by Se/amus Ennis to play a tune, replied
"God forgive me, I will"?
A. Bill "The Weaver" Murphy (Denis's da)
B. James Ennis (Se/amus's da)
C. Ivor Browne (Ronan's da)
D. John Huston (Anjelica's da)
Which blind musician is Johnny O'Leary talking about here?
"He had two ears. I'll tell you, he wasn't deaf. He was deadly
altogether with the two ears; he'd hear anything."
A. Turlough Carolan
B. Blind Lemon Jefferson
C. Tom Billy Murphy
D. Ray Charles
Who recommended playing "Miss McLeod's" backwards,
adding "and you'll never in your life hear a nicer reel"?
A. Tommy Potts
B. Eileen Ivers
C. Paddy Moloney
D. Pa/draig O'Keeffe
Who made this comment about traditional music in the
modern world? "I wonder how many of this generation
realise where this music comes from... Unless the music is
cultivated at source, unless new generations are given
access to tradition, the well of music will run dry."
A. Labhra/s O/ Murchu/ (CCE boss, a.k.a. Chairman Lao)
B. Tony McMahon
C. Mi/chea/l O/ Su/illeabha/in
D. Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland)
Whose uncle wrote the Irish national anthem?
A. Brendan Behan
B. John F. Kenndy
C. Jim Coogan
D. Seamus Tansey