Heavy Blarney

by The Bing Turkby Ensemble

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Rowdy Irish banjo! Traditional Irish tunes with a heavy backing. Funded by Community Arts Palmerston North, this is an Irish rock CD, and a celebration of the tenor banjo.
It's an album of traditional Irish songs and instrumentals, plus 3 of my originals, all rocked up a bit.
So, not all acoustic and folky, but also not extreme metal, just traditional tunes with a bit of an attitude.
Sitting somewhere between the Pogues and the Dropkick Murphys, it should appeal to folkies and rockers alike.


released December 5, 2010

Gabor Irmalos, drums on tracks 5 and 7 ; Paul Turner, whistle on tracks 5 and 7 ; Bing Turkby played everything else. Tracks 6, 9 and 10 written by Bing, everything else traditional, arranged by Bing.


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The Bing Turkby Ensemble Palmerston North, New Zealand

From Turakina, via Castle Xanthros, all the way to sunny Palmy, the Bing Turkby Ensemble brings you a theatrical rock show like no other. Starting in 1996 as one man, a wig and a tape deck, the band now features this cast of miscreants: Bing Turkby, Tyrone T. Blowhard, Slapskins McBOOOm, and MacDeth. ... more

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Track Name: Billy at the railroad tracks
Frost is lying on the railroad tracks
The nights are getting colder
Billy's huddling in his sack
Will he be getting any older?
Hard times are a way of life
For the gypsy-living Billy
Kicked around from town to town
Now it's just getting silly

Black cat snuggled on his knee
Sometimes sleeping high up in the trees
Living barely from day to day
Billy feels his life slipping away
But he can play the accordion
Like it's going out of fashion
Gypsies gather round the railroad tracks
Fiddles singing, cymbals crashing

He's got nothing but the shirt on his back
But Billy plays accordion at the railroad tracks

Well his life sounds pretty tough
His existence is hard
But playing music keeps his soul alive
On the squeezebox or guitar
His grandfather passed his secrets along
He inherited the fingers
He celebrates what he has in song
The pain it never lingers


Repeat Verse 1


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