For BUG Jam March 2017, we'll do The Pogue's version EXCEPT that we won't change keys in the instrumentals as they do. In the Intro The Pogues play D G A Bm; and in the Instrumental verse they play C F G Am. We'll stay in G.
"Dirty Old Town" is an English song written by Ewan MacColl in 1949 that was made popular by The Dubliners and has been recorded by many others. The song was written about Salford, Greater Manchester, England, the city where MacColl was born and brought up. It was originally composed for an interlude to cover an awkward scene change in his 1949 play Landscape with Chimneys, set in a North of England industrial town, but with the growing popularity of folk music the song became a standard. The first verse refers to the Gasworks croft, which was a piece of open land adjacent to the Gasworks, and then speaks of the old canal, which was the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal.
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A video for this song:
Ewan MacColl/Peggy Seeger 1956
The Dubliners 1968
The Pogues 1985