Biddy Rooney

from by Norah Rendell

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    Comes with 16-page booklet including lyrics, liner notes written by Brian Miller, photos by Natalie Champa-Jennings and images of yarn from Suzy Brown, woolwench. Designed by Colleen Cody.

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You can sense the smiles in the room as Mr. & Mrs. Clem O’Connor of Moncton, New Brunswick, join Angelo Dornan on the choruses in Helen Creighton’s 1955 recording.

The Dornan/O’Connor version of this rare song about a wild woman is only three verses but Norah sings a new verse (verse two here) composed by Brian Miller.


Biddy Rooney, you drive me loony,
Biddy Rooney, where have you gone?
Biddy Rooney, for you I’m spoony,
And did you see my Biddy Rooney anyone?

I will put it in the daily paper,
She’s got drunk or stole somehow,
I will put it in the daily paper,
My Biddy’s got lost in a row somehow.

Shouldn’t be too hard to know her,
Though she’s gone for one full week,
Bottle of brandy in each hand,
And a plug of tobacco in each cheek.

Shouldn’t be so hard to find her,
She goes walking down the street,
You’ll be sure to know our Biddy,
For she walks left-handed with both feet.

Anyone who chance to meet her,
From them may she never part,
You can take her bag and baggage,
Take her to the devil with all my heart.


from Spinning Yarns, released March 17, 2015
Norah Rendell on vocals and harmonium, Brian Miller on bouzouki, Randy Gosa on guitar.



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Norah Rendell Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Norah Rendell is a consummate musician that specializes in the traditional folk songs and dance music of Ireland and Canada. Norah was named "Best Vocalist of the Year" by the Live Ireland Awards in 2011 and 2012 and was nominated for "Best Traditional Singer of the Year" by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2009. ... more

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