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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Men They Couldn’t Hang October 18, 2014

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Its funny how you find bands that you presumed were long broken up are still on the go. The Men They Couldn’t Hang are one such band. I had a copy of their album “How Green is the Valley” many moons ago and played it to death. Their folk punk is more often than not about the lyrics as opposed to the actual music. Similar in a way to a lot of Billy Bragg material.
Included here are “The Ghosts of Cable Street” about the riots in Cable Street stopping Mosleys Blackshirts from entering London’s East End.  “Ironmasters” about The Industrial Revolution and the Miners Strike. They show how music can be an education , and with The Men They Couldn’t Hang  an education in Political and Social History.
From their Facebook I gather that they are currently recording an album of covers. …….. and it was a cover of Eric Bogles “The Green Fields of France” that was their first single. I still prefer the Fureys version of that though.


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