Pachipi​/​Dans les Prisons de Nantes​/​Johnny’s Gone to France

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Pachipi/Dans les Prisons de Nantes/Johnny’s Gone to France -trad.Breton/Irish
We introduce this popular Breton/Gallo song which probably originated in the 17th century, with a Breton dance tune. There is a prisoner in Nantes, the historical capital of Brittany, situated on the Loire River. Condemned to be hung, he is only visited by the jailer’s daughter. He inveigles her to untie his feet and immediately leaps into the Loire and swims to the other side. From there, he bids farewell to the women of Nantes, declaring he’ll marry the jailer’s daughter if he returns. The last verse repeats that there is a prisoner in Nantes, followed by Jim’s contribution of the Irish tune, “Johnny Came to France”, suggesting that perhaps the prisoner did return... Because this is also sung in Canada, Barbara accompanies with “pieds”.


Dans les prisons de Nantes
Y’avait un prisonnier.

Personne ne le vint vouer
Que la fille du geolier.

Un jour il lui demande
Oui, que dit-on de moue?

On dit de vous en ville
Que vous serez pendu.

Mais s’il faut qu’on me pende,
Deliez-moi les pieds.

La fille était jeunette,
Les pieds lui a delié.

Le prisonnier alerte,
Dans la Loire s’est jeté.

Des qu’il fut sur les rives,
Il se prit à chanter.

Je chante pour les belles,
Surtoût celle du geôlier.

Si je reviens à Nantes,
Oui, je l’epouserai.

Dans les prisons de Nantes
Y’avait un prisonnier...


from Silver, released September 30, 2011
Barbara Tresidder Ryan - lead vocals, bodhrán, pieds
Bernard Argent - whistles, vocals
Chuck Lawhorn - bass guitar
Kathleen Larrick - lead vocals
Jim Queen - fiddle, banjo, lead vocals



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IONA Washington, D.C.

IONA has been taking its unique brand of traditional Celtic music to festivals, arts centers, schools & house concerts all over North America and Europe since 1986, blending music from the various Celtic traditions with stories and a little humor - Barbara Ryan (vocals, bouzouki, bodhran), Bernard Argent (flute, doumbek), Chuck Lawhorn (bass), Jim Queen (fiddle, banjo) & Kathleen Larrick (dance). ... more

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