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Billy Riley

by Valparaiso Men's Chorus

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According to Hughill: “Billy Riley probably started life as a cotton-hoosiers’ song, but at sea it was used at halyards…according to C.F. Smith it was known in Green’s Blackwall ships about the eighteen fifties. The verses are mainly impromptu, subsequent verses sing about Little Jackie Riley, Missie Riley, and Billy Riley’s other occupations…”


Old Billy Riley was a dancing master

Old Billy Riley's master of a drogher

Master of a drogher bound for Antigua

Old Billy Riley has a nice young daughter

Oh Missy Riley, little Miss Riley

Had a pretty daughter, but we can't get at her

Screw her up and away we go, boys

One more pull and then belay, boys


released November 9, 2018
The valparaiso men's Chorus are:
Luke Allen
David Bandrowski
Andrew Bizer
Charlie Brown
Erik Corveaux
Jeffrey Damnit
Jonathan Freilich
Andrew Gilchrist
Henry Griffin
D.C. Harbold
Tom Henehan
Jay Holland
George Ingmire
Wynn Kapit
David Kunian
Chris Lane
Fayard Lindsey
Bill Malchow
Michael Mehiel
Rob Schafer
Gabe Soria
Robert Starnes
Troy Thibodeaux
Jeff Treffinger
Christian Trosclair
Dr. Jimbo Walsh

Joe Cabral-tin whistle
Charlie Halloran-trombone
Glenn Hartman-accordion
Jason Jurzak-sousaphone
Washboard Chaz Leary-washboard
Alex McMurray-vocals, guitar
Carlo Nuccio-drums
Matt Rhody-violin, trumpet
Greg Schatz-accordion

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael Mehiel at Studio Seurat New Orleans, LA
Layout by Kourtney Keller


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