Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St Patrick's Day!

To mark the day why not listen to and look at John McCormack in colour in an extract from a film of 1936, Wings of the Morning. This was the first British Technicolor film and starred Henry Fonda. Its plot was intricate, set in Ireland during a span of 50 years, involving gypsies, horse racing, and life amongst the gentry in rural Ireland. McCormack made a cameo appearance as himself in an informal concert sequence unrelated to the story. He carries the black notebook which he usually used at concerts. The three selections were filmed during the summer of 1936.

Here is an earlier film of McCormack singing Ireland Mother Ireland in 1920. At the piano Edwin "Teddy" Schneider who was McCormack's faithful accompanist.

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