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Playlist of The Old Black Rum

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  • Great Big Sea feat. John Mann & Geoffrey Kelly | The Old Black Rum

    4:11


    Newfoundland's most popular band celebrated their 20th anniversary with an intimate concert at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall in November. CBC Music was on hand to record the party and now you can enjoy all of the fun! This is the song The Old Black Rum

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  • 1,2,3,4/Old Black Rum, Alan Doyle Trio, Lower Deck Pub CCMA Weekend Pop-Up Show

    7:34

    A brand new Alan Doyle song about whiskey, a beloved classic GBS song about rum - each done on one of the most venerable stages in Canada. Crazy fun times on a grand night during CCMA Weekend in lovely Halifax, Nova Scotia. August 12, 2015

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  • Old Black Rum/Ordinary Day, Alan Doyle & Spirit Of The West, Kendel Carson...John Mann, Vancouver

    11:04

    (Also with Ed Robertson, Shehab Illyas and a gal whose name I don't know, plus Terry David Mulligan doing intro)

    From the awesome Spirit Of Canada John Mann Benefit Show at the Commodore in Vancouver, with an amazing lineup of top Canadian talent on hand to help raise funds for care for John, who has Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Here, Alan is backed up by SoTW (including some fierce dancing from John himself, who also has a poignant, fleeting moment at the mic), along with Alan's Beautiful Band mates Kendel and Shehab, with backup vocals from Ed and the Gal With The Unknown Name. All part of a wonderful, moving, inspiring evening filled with music, laughter, tears and friendship. November 19, 2017 (Donate toward John's ongoing care needs here:

  • Old Black Rum

    2:30

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    Old Black Rum · Great Big Sea

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    ℗ Lean Ground Music Ltd., Kilbride Music Ltd., Skinner's Hill, Music Ltd., Olde Tyme Music Ltd.

    Released on: 2012-10-30

    Composer: Hallett / Trad
    Music Publisher: Lean Ground Music Ltd., Kilbride Music Ltd., Skinner's Hill, Music Ltd., Olde Tyme Music Ltd.

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  • The Old Black Rum

    2:50

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    The Old Black Rum · The Maguire Brothers

    Sibling Rivalry

    ℗ 2015 Maguire Music

    Released on: 2015-08-21

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  • The Old Black Rum

    3:31

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    The Old Black Rum (Live) · Great Big Sea

    Up

    ℗ Skinner's Hill Music Ltd., Killbride Music Ltd., Lean Ground Music Ltd., Olde Tyme Music Ltd

    Released on: 2009-04-28

    Music Publisher: Skinner's Hill Music Ltd., Killbride Music Ltd., Lean Ground Music Ltd., Olde Tyme Music Ltd
    Composer: Traditional / Bob Hallett / Arranged by Great Big Sea

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  • The Old Black Rum

    2:48

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    The Old Black Rum · Hair of the Dog

    Let It Flow

    ℗ 2002 October Eve Records

    Released on: 2002-01-01

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  • The Old Black Rum

    2:31

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    The Old Black Rum · Hair of the Dog

    Gaelic Bark

    ℗ 2001 Hair of the Dog

    Released on: 2001-01-01

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  • Old Black Rum , Band Intros/Folsom Prison, Great Big Sea, Moncton

    9:21

    Counting down the final few seconds of the 20th Anniversary Year That Was, closing it (and the main set) out with a rousing Old Black Rum, during which Alan, when told it's still a few minutes before Midnight, gives the crowd a delightful version of Folsom Prison. December 31, 2013

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  • The Maguire Bros. - The Old Black Rum

    2:43

    The Maguire Brothers perform The Old Black Rum at one of their shows at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival 2015. Visit for stuff of interest.

  • Old Black Rum - Alan Doyle

    3:54

    Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Beautiful Band
    Old Black Rum (Great Big Sea)
    Live at Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
    July 4, 2018

  • Fiffin Market - The Old Black Rum

    2:06

    Track: The Old Black Rum
    Album: The Lighthouse
    Artist: Fiffin Market

  • The Old Black Rum

    2:05

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    The Old Black Rum · Fiffin Market

    The Lighthouse

    ℗ 2009 Fiffin Market

    Released on: 2009-01-01

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  • Alan Doyle 4/26/2016: 20 - Old Black Rum Great Big Sea - Iron Horse Music Hall,Northampton,MA

    5:09

    Full show captured in 1080p HD - Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies - live in concert on April 26, 2016 at the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA.
    Full show playlist:

    Alan Doyle, Cory Tetford, Kendel Carson, Kris MacFarlane, and company.

    For more info on Alan Doyle:

  • Old Black Rum, Great Big Sea, Rita MacNeil Show, 1996

    2:57

    GBS guests on Rita's TV show at the beginning of their career - promoting their brand new Up album. 1996

  • Bogside Rogues - The Old Black Rum

    2:31

    Bogside Rogues play The Old Black Rum at Love Lounge Studios for The Session: Irish Celtic Music Show.

  • How to Play Old Black Rum by Great Big Sea

    2:26

    The only recording I have of this is off of the Great Big DVD, and in that version, the guitar is tuned down a whole step. So, the strings are D,G,C,F,A,d. If you're not playing along with anything, don't worry about de-tuning your guitar becuaes the intervals are the same and it'll still sound good, just higher.

    first half is me just playing through it so you can get an idea of how the guitar sounds by itself. the second half is a close up of my hand so you can get the chord changes. Heres a rough breakdown of how the chords go:
    note: the chords fall on the word they're in front of here, rather than right before them. i hope that makes sense...so for example, the first G is played at the same time you say the word sixteen, and the C would be at the same time as the word price, etc.

    I drank (G) sixteen doubles for the (C) price of (G) one
    (C) Trying to find the courage to (A7) talk to (D) one
    I asked (e-)her for (D over F#, which is a D+ while playing 2nd fret on the low E)a dance (G)
    Not a (e-) second (D+ over F#) glance (G)
    My night had (A7) just begun (D)....

    Well I (G) drink to the father and the (C) holy (G)ghost
    (C) I'm kneeling at the (G) alter of my (A7) nightly (D) post
    So I'll (e-) raise (D+ over F#) a glass (G), not the (e-) first (D+ over F#) nor last (G)
    Come join me (D) in this (G) toast

    [Chorus:]

    Because the (D) old black rum's got a (G) hold on me
    Like a (G) dog wrapped (C) round my (D) leg
    And the (D) old black rum's got a (G) hold on me
    Will I (G) live for a (D) nother (G) day?
    (C) Hey, Will I (G) live for a (D) nother (G) day?



    thats the idea for the whole song. follw the same pattern for the rest of the verses. for the e-, D+ over F#, G part, its a bit quick and they don't all fall right on the words. give that part a listen a couple of times to catch the rhythm.

    feel free to post questions or comments!

  • Wide Range: Old Black Rum

    3:48

    WIDE RANGE beim Wellenbrecher Festival in Hamburg 2018.

  • Great Big Sea performing The Old Black Rum @ Moncton Casino February 18th 2011

    8:18

    Great Big Sea performing The Old Black Rum @ Moncton Casino February 18th 2011

  • The Old Black Rum

    2:44

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    The Old Black Rum · The Lost Highwaymen

    A Rover of High Degree

    ℗ 2010 The Lost Highwaymen

    Released on: 2010-01-01

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  • Alan Doyle 4/21/18: 11 - The Old Black Rum Great Big Sea - Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT

    3:57

    Full show captured live in 1080p HD at Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT from Orch Right, Row B, Seat 19 - Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies on April 21, 2018.
    Full show playlist:

    Alan Doyle - guitar & vocals, Cory Tetford - guitar & backing vocals, Kendel Carson - violin & backing vocals, Kris MacFarlane - drums, Todd Lumley - keys, accordion, Shehab Illyas - bass.
    Check out my Playlist page for many more Alan Doyle full show captures!

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  • Great Big Sea OLD BLACK RUM HMK update

    5:30

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    2:57

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    The Old Black Rum (Live) · The Kitchen Party

    Live At Failte

    ℗ 2007 The Kitchen Party

    Released on: 2007-01-01

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  • The Old Black Rum, Alan Doyle, Twitter Request Segment, Schooner Room, Halifax

    2:51

    Not what I expected Alan to do as one of his Twitter Request songs on his Halifax Boy On Bridge Tour stop, but it sure went over like a house afire, hearkening back to those GBS Lower Deck days. something the Halifax crowd always loves. Schooner Room, June 9, 2012

  • The Muckers - Old Black Rum - Live at Musikfest 2019

    2:25

    The Muckers perform Old Black Rum by Great Big Sea at the Volksplatz Stage of Musikfest, Bethlehem, Pa., 8/4/2019.

    Video courtesy of Musikfest and Service Electric.

  • The Old Black Rum

    2:42

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    The Old Black Rum · Foggy Crew

    PUBlic Affairs

    ℗ Foggy Crew

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  • Solstice play The Old Black Rum, St Patricks Day, Hurleys, Montreal 2014

    3:50

    Solstice play The Old Black Rum in Hurley's Pub, Montreal, on St. Patrick's Day, 2014.

  • Finale at Windsor: Old Black Rum

    5:12

    The new WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario hosted its first concert on St. Patrick's Day, 2009. Spirit of the West opened for Great Big Sea. In the final encore, the two bands joined in together in performing Old Black Rum.

  • Folk Abroad - Old Black Rum

    2:30

    We are Folk Abroad, an Irish folk band from Stuttgart, Germany.
    Please visit our website/Facebook page for more information.




    The Old Black Rum - originally by Great Big Sea
    Written by Bob Hallett
    Album: Up (released on 12 September 1995)
    Label: Warner Music Canada

  • Old Black Rum - Skibbereen Live at Catch 22 3-16-2013

    3:48

    The opening song from Skibbereen's gig at Catch-22 in Springfield, IL on March 16, 2013. What a fun show!!! Originally performed by Great Big Sea.

  • Alan Doyle - The Old Black Rum

    3:55

    The Empire Theatre, Belleville, April 1, 2017

  • Old Black Rum

    2:57

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    Old Black Rum · The Jolly Beggars

    Sunshine and Shadow

    ℗ 2013 The Jolly Beggars

    Released on: 2010-12-19

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  • The Maguire Brothers - Old Black Rum OKRF 5-28-17

    2:38

    Old Black Rum performed by The Maguire Brothers

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  • Alan Doyle - The Old Black Rum/So Let’s Go

    7:49

    Belleville, November 8, 2018

  • Old Black Rum - Something Simple

    2:36

    San Diego band SOMETHING SIMPLE with a cover of Old Black Rum by Great Big Sea. Recorded live March 15, 2013. For more info check out Somethingsimplemusic.com.

  • Stout Fellas - Old Black Rum

    3:09

    Stout Fellas performing Old Black Rum at Avonlea Village, Cavendish, P.E.I.

  • Three Pints Shy: The Old Black Rum

    2:07

    Aug. 4th, opening day at NYRF-unfortunately my camera picked up the clapping too loud. Sorry.

  • Alan Doyle - Old Black Rum

    6:10

    Performed at Spirit of Canada - a Benefit for John Mann at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver on November 19, 2017

  • Old Black Rum

    2:39

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    Old Black Rum · Sportive Tricks

    Every Trick in the Book

    ℗ 2019 Sportive Tricks

    Released on: 2019-11-20

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  • Old Black Rum , Alan Doyle Trio, Champions Bar & Grill, Truro

    4:13

    This Great Big Sea classic song - which Alan dedicated to its writer, Bob Hallett - (plus a wee bit of Neil Diamond) was a huge crowd-pleaser at the AD Band Roadhouse Gig in Truro, especially with the dancers. And I know they're gonna do it again. June 5, 2014

  • The Maguire Brothers - The Old Black Rum

    2:40

  • Old Black Rum, Great Big Sea and Spirit Of The West, Montreal

    4:56

    Show-closer at the GBS Metropolis show, Montreal, March 20, 2009

  • Michael Crawley - Old Black Rum

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  • The Maguire Brothers - Old Black Rum OKRF 5-27-17

    2:44

    Old Black Rum performed by The Maguire Brothers

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  • Old Black Rum by Evan Soutter on St Pat

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  • Old Black Rum

    3:34

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    Old Black Rum · Wide Range

    Sixteen Doubles

    ℗ 2013 Stefan Dietrich

    Released on: 2013-10-01

    Songwriter: Dp
    Composer: Dp
    Composer: Stefan Dietrich
    Lyricist: Dp
    Composer: Dp
    Composer: Stefan Dietrich

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  • Old Black Rum

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    Old Black Rum · Luku the Mad Skald

    Pissed Drunk & Pissed Off

    ℗ Varangian Records

    Released on: 2021-04-17

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  • Clam Chowder - Old Black Rum

    2:36

    Clam Chowder singing GBS's Old Black Rum at Pier 21 Pub in Ottawa.

  • Oh What A Night/Folsom/Old Black Rum, Great Big Sea, Metropolis, Montreal GBS XX Tour show

    6:10

    Great fun at the end of what was a spectacular XX show in La Belle Province - first Alan leads the eager-to-sing crowd in a bit of Oh What A Night, then acknowledges each band member (and is himself acknowledged by Bob). After that, its a raucous Old Black Rum, with a bit of Folsom Prison in the middle. Grand times at Montreal's Metropolis. April 13, 2013

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