The Origins of the Song Book

Alistair described the origins of the Songbook page as follows.

The idea for an online songbook, with lyrics and chords, occurred to me when I got word of a Roaring Jack fans’ reunion and sing-around in Sydney to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s first night at the legendary but ‘sadly gentrified’ Sandringham Hotel in Newtown NSW.

We will expand the Songbook with more content as time allows.

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Lyrics, Chords and Playing Tips

Among Proddy Dogs and Papes
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Dark Eyed Sailor
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Destitution Road
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The Day that the Boys Came Down
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Don’t Sign Up For War
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Everyone I Know
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The Fair Flower of Northumberland
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Farewell to Whiskey
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Harold’s Best Men
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He Fades Away
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In the Days of Forty Nine
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Lads of the BLF
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The Merchant’s Son
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No Half Measures
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Playing for the Traffic
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Riches and Rags
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The Siege of Union Street
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The Swaggies Have All Waltzed Matilda
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The Tinker in the Lum
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Ways of a Rover
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Wild Rover Again
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Concert Playlists

Part One

  1. Lagan Love (Niamh)/Lads Of Alnwick (3/2 hornpipe, Nancy and James)/Mary Mac (Ally)/guitar jig (Graham)
  2. Boys Of Barr na Sraide – Niamh lead and ensemble
  3. Geordie (Trad) – Ally with Nancy and James
  4. Don’t Sign Up For War (Hulett) – Ally
  5. Bonny Woodside/The American Stranger (trad, English) – Nancy and James
  6. Meggie’s Foot/Coates Hall (trad/Billy Pigg) – Nancy and James
  7. Fear A Bhata – Niamh and Graham
  8. Alexander – Niamh and Graham
  9. The Banks Of The Condamine (trad, Australian) – James and Nancy
  10. Reconciliation (Ron Cavanaugh) – Ensemble

Part Two

  1. The Tinker In The Lum (trad, Scottish) – Ally with Nancy and James
  2. Gathering Rushes (trad, English) – Nancy unaccompanied
  3. (I’m) Done With Bonaparte (Mark Knopfler) – Niamh and Graham
  4. The South West Wind/Petticoat Loose (trad, Irish Jigs) – Graham on guitar accompanied by James on bouzouki
  5. Blue Murder (Hulett) – Ally with acappella ensemble
  6. He Fades Away (Hulett) – Niamh lead accompanied by ensemble
  7. Anderson’s Coast (John Warner) – James with ensemble
  8. The Ways Of A Rover (Hulett) – Ally with ensemble
  9. Dance To Your Daddy (trad) – Nancy and James joined by ensemble


  1. So Here’s To You (Alan Bell) – Niamh and ensemble

Set List courtesy of James Fagan

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