"Come all you loyal Orangemen and in full chorus join"


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A documentary on the making of Lambeg drums and some Orange songs sung to Irish airs.  

  • Title
    The Tune We Played - Music and Drums of Orange Order
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Proinsias Ó Conluain
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    "Come all you loyal Orangemen and in full chorus join"
  • Extended description

    Proinsias Ó Conluain speaks with a drum maker Robert Johnson on The Sandy Row and explores Orange songs and Irish airs with David Hammond. The recordings were made in 1964 before the "troubles" and so Proinsias can enjoy, somewhat nervously, a joke about the procurement of drum skins from "Fenians" in less tense times. 'Fenian' is just one of the terms used to describe a Catholic or Nationalist in the North of Ireland. It is somewhat derogatory. The quotation used "Come all you loyal Orangemen and in full chorus sing" is from one of the songs sung by David Hammond.

  • Information

    The Orange Order was founded in Co Armagh in 1796 and saw itself as a fraternal organisation protecting Protestant civil rights and liberties. Many Catholics and Nationalists in Northern Ireland would regard it as a sectarian organisation.

    Proinsias Ó Conluain was very interested in Loyalist and Orange culture and produced a number of programmes for RTÉ Radio on the subject.

    'The Fenians' were an organisation founded in the United States in 1848 dedicated to the achievement of Irish independence.

    David Hammond was a noted singer and radio and television presenter from Belfast.  

    The accompanying photograph shows the Orange Order parade in Kesh, County Fermanagh (1988). The photograph was taken by John Cooney. © RTÉ Archives 2214/098

  • Local keywords
    Proinsias Ó Conluain, Lambeg, Robert Johnson, Sandy Row, David Hammond, Orangemen, Northern Ireland
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    The Media
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Language used
    English (eng)