As a follow-up to the previous post, I thought I'd post a video of the Chad Mitchell Trio singing "Rum, By Gum." But (grumble, grumble) I could not readily find one.
So here's a version by the Briton Ensemble:
And a ukulele version:
And a guy named Raymond Crooke on the guitar:
And a pretty elaborate version:
And here's the song done to a Morris Dance:
Many years ago, a neighbor of mine named Anne Quigley wrote an additional verse to the song:
Beware of plum pudding,
The kind that they light;
They drench it in brandy
So it will ignite.
The thought is revolting
To temperate folk --
For people get drunk
From inhaling the smoke!
And speaking of the Chad Mitchell Trio, with the recent death of member Joe Frazier the group has decided to disband. Their farewell concert has been scheduled for Sunday, November 16, in the greater-D.C. area. Joining Chad and Mike will be Ron Greenstein, bass accompanist who has been filling on vocals for Joe over the past few months, and Paul Prestopino, the incredibly talented back up player for the trio (and for Peter, Paul and Mary and many other top folk groups -- Paul is the one in the background with the pastel overalls), and at least one surprise mystery guest. Although this will not be their last appearance (they are scheduled to perform a cruise in 2015), this will be their last concert. If you are a fan and happen to be in the area, this is something you will not want to miss.
Details, as they come up, will be available at the World Folk Music Association website, WFMA.net.