La Jument de Michao

I’ve just uploaded this song to youtube – La jument de Michao is an interesting song – it is a traditional Breton song that originates from Vannes.  I’v provided a translation below, for all the good it will do you – but I think it rocks.

It is supposed to be a parody of the Dies Irae – a part of the latin Mass, and as I say on the YouTube commentary there is probably a deep significance to the lyrics which have long been lost…  if anyone can provide an insight I’d be very interested to hear it!  I will add that the weasel is the official animal of Vannes and you will see it everywhere (wearing a cloak).  This extract is from the Quimper-Vannes Blogspot:  I hope they forgive me for copying it here:

The ermine (Mustela erminea) a.k.a. stoat or short-tailed weasel is the national emblem of Brittany.Its much sought after white winter coat was used for the cloaks, crowns and caps of the aristocracy.

The eleven ‘ermine spots’ which form the pattern in the top left corner of the Breton flag represent the way the black-tipped tails were hung on the white fur. This heraldic ermine canton was a feature of the arms of the Dukes of Brittany.

Breton flag with ermine canton

The story goes that Anne de Bretagne, the last independent Breton ruler and the wife of two successive French kings,  saw a group of hunters chasing after an ermine. When the ermine reached the edge of a muddy lake the ermine decided to stand up to his attackers rather than risk soiling his beautiful white fur.


Anne, it appears, was so impressed that she saved the ermine and adopted it as the emblem of her dynasty along with the motto:

Plutôt la mort que la souillure.
It is better to die than to get dirty.

end quote.  Couldn’t have said it better myself.  The ‘better to die’ bit in particular.  Here are the lyrics:

In ten years time, I will go

I hear the wolf and fox singing.

I hear the wolf and the fox and the weasel singing

I hear the wolf and the fox singing

In nine years time I will go

Michao’s Mare has gone into the meadow

Michao’s mare and her little foal have gone into the meadow

and eaten all the hay.  (repeat)

Winter is coming lads, winter is coming – Michao’s mare will regret it…


So, there we have it.  Better now?  Great song though.

I hear the

Everybody Out!

We’re coming to the end of our season here in beautiful la Trinité sur Mer, Brittany, France. We’ve had a cracking time and enjoyed every minute of the music we’ve been fortunate enough to share with our audiences at the fantastic and friendly Bar’oudeur in Carnac, the Fête de la musique in Pleugriffet, the impressive and delightful Château Ville Voisin, the Fest Noz at Guillac and – well just thank you to everyone we’ve met along the way for your kindness appreciation and support along the way.

That’s the truly great thing about music – no matter what age, gender, nationality you have to just love it. Over the summer we must have played for dozens of nationalities – to people from all walks of life and you know what? They all love music. If I was a lot cleverer if like to write a thesis on what part of the human soul needs music- and it seems to be one of the absolutes of the universe – but I’ll just have to settle for the knowledge that it is simply that- imperative.

Next gig will be at the Reflections Restaurant in St Vincent sur Oust on 2nd November 2018, from 8.00pm.

Be great if you could make it!

A few others in the offing and I’ll keep you posted….

In the meantime stay safe



Busy times ahead

Bringing our own brand of mayhem and madness we’re pretty active in Brittany right now!

We’ve played some regular gigs at the Bar’oudeur in Carnac over the last few weeks and more in the pipeline (check out our facebook page for regular updates) and the next one is Friday 19th July 2019.  This will be a Peaky Blinders theme night – and we’ll be providing the musical entertainment starting from 7.30 pm.   It promises to be a fun night so if do happen to be in the area come along and say hello!  If you’re not in the vicinity check out

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the budget airlines and get yourselves over here – you can always sleep on the fabulous Carnac beach and catch the next plane home in the morning.

Other than that we’ve played in the Fete de la Music in Pleugriffet and for a Fest Noz (a night party to me and you) in Guillac.


And there’s more … although I’m afraid I cant tell you because it’s strictly on a need to know basis.  Oh wait – you need to know don’t you?  Well the thing is – I dont have the details right now – but there are a couple of other concerts in the offing … more later!

Take care fellow Hooligans and see you at one of our gigs hopefully!

Tony  XXX

Hellow fellow Hooligans!

I know it’s been a while since we posted we we’ve been so busy and our media manager has had a hard time keeping up.  Actually we don’t have a media manager except ourselves – and we’ve been so busy!

Here is a track from our upcoming new album A House in France  – this song is called Bonne Journee (and as any of you French speaking followers will know it means have a good day!)

Now, I am about to start a blog about our cat – K-Fur (sort of pronounced Kayfor).  I have mentioned the idle good for nothing  before briefly a year or so back but here’s why the old useless fleabag deserves a blog.

About this time last year (2017) we decided to clear off to work in France and after much soul searching and debate decided that he should come with us.  But for one detail it was not an easy decision to make  – it would mean ferry rides, a longish car journey and then living with us in a caravan in deepest darkest Brittany for five months – and he doesn’t speak a word of French.   I said ‘but for one detail’ – and that detail was that there would be nobody left at home in England to look after the poor little blighter so we really had no choice.  We agonised over it all the same – even though I may speak harshly about the feline dimwit I love him really and certainly wouldn’t want to put him through any torment.

As you will read in the forthcoming blog – that same kitty, whose life had until that point been sheltered to say the least, rose to the challenge and I can now only describe him as a LEGEND and  a HERO…

Keep visiting to read why I have changed my tune!


Tarra for now – hope you like the track and I’ll post more about how you can hear the rest of the album and spend all your hard earned cash to buy it…

Tony and Lucy – Hooligans Rule

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


The album is available from nearly all streaming sites – and also from Amazon as a downloadable MP3 album here :  Amazon MP3 download

To our Irish friends and everyone all around the globe who celebrate all things Irish a very

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!

In the words of the song… CD Front‘Give me a drop of the black stuff O’Rafferty, I’ve got a thirst that could drain the old Liffey dry…’

You’ve probably never heard that song – it’s one of my own compositions that I haven’t got around to releasing yet – but will do soon!

Talking of our own compositions, Exciting news for us this Festive day – we’ve just released our new CD which will be available from tomorrow!

The album is entitled Light on the Surface and takes it’s name from the second track, an original piece.  For a change instead of just the traditional favourites we’ve included three own compositions this time – but rest assured we will stay true to our principles – most of the tracks are old favourites given that old Hooligan’s Rule twist.   By the way if you are wondering what our principles are exactly, that’s a question we’ve asked ourselves many times – and if we can’t get an answer you’ve got no hope…  We just love the craic, that’s all!

Anyway back to the CD – if you want to give it a listen  from the side bar on this site you can do so at CD Baby here, where you can also part with hard earned cash to contribute to the SMWGF, (the Sad Musician’s Weekly Guiness Fund).  You can also stream our music on virtually any of the sites that deal with that sort of thing.

In the meantime we hope you have a great day – TSt.PIF – thank St. Patrick It’s Friday!  Perhaps it’s just as well many of us will have the weekend to get over the celebrations.

The Parting Glass

The Parting Glass is one of my personal favourites. It seems that this song was also a favourite parting song at family and social gatherings in Scotland and in Ireland, and was sung long before Auld Lang Syne. I hadn’t heard it for a very long while and decided it merited inclusion in our Celtic Christmas album because of its haunting melody and beautifully crafted words –though the album has the instrumental version of it. It is a very old song – and although the first recorded printed version was as a broadside (or broadsheet) in the 1770s it was known since at least as early as 1605 when the first stanza was included in a letter written by one of the Border Reivers as a farewell before his execution. He had been involved in the murder of Sir John Carmichael, warden of the Scottish West March.
Now then, your friend and mine, the genius that was Robert Burns (and what a genius in my opinion – as a songwriter as well as a poet…) was born on January 25th 1759 – so this song easily predates Auld Lang Syne by at least 150 years.
The melody first makes its appearance in James Aird’s A Selection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 2 (1782), with the name The Peacock. There are other names for the tune – but that’s nothing new in traditional music – half the fiddle tunes I play are known by alternative names and it’s no wonder: music in the oral tradition was passed on from musician to musician and by the very definition of the term ‘oral’ was not written down. Let me tell you it is dead easy to get the wrong name since there are sometimes a lot of similarities from one to another. Add to that sometimes a piece might be named after the musican that played or composed it – take Sonny Brogan’s Mazurka for example.
I have always thought it marvellous that a tune written so long ago can touch us today and convey emotional content and below I have transcribed the words. They are as beautiful, poignant and expressive as the lovely melody – whatever the name of it. Good night and Joy be to you all.

Of all the money that e’er I had
I spent it in good company
And all the harm I’ve ever done
Alas it was to none but me
And all I’ve done for want of wit
To mem’ry now I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
And gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Of all the comrades that e’er I had
They’re sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They’d wish me one more day to stay
But since it fell unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
And gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

La La

But since it fell unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all


Good night and joy be to you all.

Stop Press…

… well, maybe not exactly stop it but slow it down a bit…

Celtic Christmas, which as any fellow Hooligan will already know is our instrumental Christmas album is available for streaming via Spotify and iTunes and several other streaming sites.  Give it a listen – we’ve recorded all the old favourites:  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Silent Night, The Holly and the Ivy, The Parting Glass, Christians Awake and others.  All are given the Hooligan’s Rule Celtic twist and the CD would make a great gift for anyone.

You can listen to our trailer here  and buy the CD from Amazon here. You can also download it in mp3 format from them.

Tarra for now fellow Hooligans and we’ll keep you posted with any news almost as it happens…


Busy times…

Good day to all fellow Hooligans!

Its been a bit busy over the last few days so apologies if I have taken a bit long to post this blog update.

Firstly, our thanks to  Martyn Hillstead and all the folks at the Teignmouth Folk Club who gave us such a warm welcome at the Oystercatcher Cafe in Teignmouth on Thursday 29th September.  What a friendly and talented bunch of people.  Alongside some excellent unaccompanied singing there were other singer songwriters performing some insightful and cleverly written pieces – all very entertaining and enjoyable.  We ended the evening

Hooligan’s Rule at Teignmouth Folk Club

with a couple of tunes and a song.  For those who are not aware of the the folk club you can keep in touch with what is going on there by subscribing to their public Facebook group at this address – or search in Google for them…


The the following day it was down to the Crown and Sceptre in Torquay who host a Friday night folk  session.

Tony at the Crown & Sceptre Torquay

I love these sessions – you never know who will turn up and play and certainly every time we’ve played there, there is a great atmosphere in a real old pub – not one of those plasticky excuses for a bar – but a throw back in time (in a good way of course!  If you are down that way on a Friday night from half pas eight onwards pop in – I don’t think you will be disappointed!

Where next?  Well we will be at a session back in the Pack Horse Inn in South Brent again this Thursday (6th October 2016) from about 8 o’clock for more mayhem and madness and then on Saturday moving on to Kent for a few weeks (or possibly longer).  I’ll post more when we know where we will be going!


In the meantime stay happy and safe and see you somewhere soon.

Let me introduce to you …

We have a cat called K-fur.  We named him that when he was little – it was K for Kitten – which at the time we (and our then 8 year old granddaughter) thought was amusing, and now we are slightly embarrassed about.  Anyway we haven’t seen him for some time now.

Let me explain.  It isn’t that the weird critter has run away from home or anything like that but for the last week or so he has taken to climbing under the throw on our couch and won’t come out.  We have to tell visitors to the house not to sit on the couch if there appears to be a lump in it.  Indeed I have sat on him a couple of times but it doesn’t seem to deter him.

We get up in the morning and there is a lump under the throw.  All day long it is still there and when we go to bed at night – guess what.

Just thought you might like to meet him so here is a pic.  I  willK-fur the mystery cat post more pics if there is anything more exciting than a lump, but it is doubtful.

So – here is K-fur the Mystery Cat for your enjoyment: