Percy French  (1854-1920)
Last updated: 03.10.20
p_frenchp.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, William Percy French was an Irish songwriter, entertainer, watercolour panter and polymath born in Cloonyquin House, near Tulsk, County Roscommon.
He was educated at Foyle College in County Londonderry and studied civil engineering at Trinity College Dublin. He joined the Board of Works in County Cavan 1881 as an "Inspector of Drains". Whilst there it is said that he wrote his best songs. In 1891 he became a full-time performer. When on stage he would paint or draw with chalk on brown paper while telling stories or singing his songs. Many of those songs were written together with Houston Collisson, his friend and stage partner.
He moved to London in 1910 staying there until his death.
He died from pneumonia in Formby, England.
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This list is arranged by title and contains 1 lyric performed by Percy French. The lyrics/monologues and *.pdf files have been kindly compiled by monologues.co.uk/musichall
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This list is arranged by composer and contains 1 song sung by Percy French who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m)
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sm15.gif Abdull Bulbul Ameer (1877) Percy French(w&m) P. French (sung by)
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 44 works by Percy French (1854-1920). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Abdull Bulbul Ameer (w&m) 1877 P. French (sung by)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Slathery's Mounted Fut (w&m) 1889 Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Mat Hannigan's Aunt (w&m) 1892
Mountains of Mourne, The 1896 P. French (words)
air: trad
Are Ye Right There Michael? (w&m) 1897 Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
When Erin Awakes 1900 P. French (words)
air: The Flight of the Earls
Maguire's Motor Bike 1906 P. French (words)
music: Houston Collison
No More of Yer Golfin' for Me 1906 P. French (words)
music: Houston Collison
Mrs Brady 1907 P. French (words)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
music: Houston Collison
Pretendy Land 1907 P. French (words)
music: J.A. Robertson
Donegan's Daughter 1908 Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Kerry Courting, The 1909 P. French (words)
music: Houston Collison
Emigrants Letter, The 1910 P. French (words)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
music: Ernest Hastings
Father O'Callaghan 1910 P. French (words)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
music: Houston Collison
Hoodoo, The 1910
Oklahoma Rose, The (w&m) 1910
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Tullinahaw 1910 P. French (words)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
music: Houston Collison
Flanagan's Flying Machine 1911 P. French (words)
music: Houston Collison
Come Back, Paddy Reilly (w&m) 1912 Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Killyran Wrackers, The (w&m) 1914
Larry Mick McGarry (w&m) 1915
Ach! I Dunno ?
Andy McElroe (w&m) ? Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Darlin' Girl From Clare, The (w&m) ? Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Drumcolliher (w&m) ? Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Eileen Oge ? P. French (words)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
adapted W.H. Collison;
Fighting McGuire (w&m) ?
Flaherty's Drake (w&m) ? Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
air: trad.
Fortunes of Finnegan, The ? P. French (words)
music: Houston Collison
Gortnamona ? P. French (words)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
music: Philip Green
I Fought a Fierce Hyena ? P. French (words)
music: Carline Maude
Jim Wheelahan's Automobeel ? P. French (words)
music: Houston Collison;
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Kitty Gallagher (w&m) ?
Little Bridget Flynn ? P. French (words)
music: Traditional arr.: M.P. French
Mary Ann McHugh, The ? P. French (words)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
air: Limerick is Beautiful
McBreen's Heifer ? P. French (words)
Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
air: The Irish Washerwoman
Mick's Hotel (w&m) ?
Mulligan's Masquerade (w&m) ?
Night That Miss Clooney Eloped, The (w&m) ?
Phil the Fluter's Ball (w&m) ? Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Phistlin' Phil McHugh (w&m) ? Brendan O'Dowda (sung by)
Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter, A ? P. French (words)
parody of an old ballad
Sweet Marie ? P. French (words)
Who Said the Hook Never Hurted the Worms? ? P. French (words)
music: Caroline Maude