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If you want to play along using the songsheet in GCEA tuning, put your capo on the 5th fret. Makem does the song in the key of F.
Makem had a forceful and charismatic stage presence – the result of years of public performance, a strong personality and a bard's voice. Performances often began with Makem's original composition "The Rambles of Spring". Makem and Clancy's second album was a live record recorded at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin in July 1977, the double LP The Makem & Clancy Concert. The record introduced many songs that were to become staples in their repertoire, including another of their signature numbers, Gordon Bok's story-song, Peter Kagan and the Wind, as well as Mary Mack, Rambles of Spring, the Irish language song Ar Éirinn Ní Neosainn Cé Hí, and The Town of Ballybay.