Abe Holzmann wrote this wonderful march that was a gift to songwriters. The 'official' song went: 'we'll make a bonfire of our troubles and we'll watch them ...

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Comment by TONY BRYAN on February 22, 2015 at 20:15

Abe Holzmann wrote this wonderful march that was a gift to songwriters. The 'official' song went: 'we'll make a bonfire of our troubles and we'll watch them blaze away'. But when I was a lad I took my tanner (sixpence) and went to the Saturday morning pictures. It was there we sung every week the song of the ABC Minors:
'We are the boys and girls all known as Minors of the ABC
And every Saturday we line up
To see the films we like and shout about with glee.
We like to laugh and have a sing-song,
Such a happy crowd are we.
We're all palls together,
We're Minors of the ABC.'
So when you hear the band strike up, follow the bouncing ball and let rip!

Comment by Trapdoor2 on February 23, 2015 at 4:38

Very cool, Mr. Tapis. One of my favorites and very nicely played.


Comment by thereallyniceman on February 23, 2015 at 8:38

Great playing as usual Tony. Thank you for posting... love 'em!

It is amazing too that you managed to squeeze the "Shah's Ottoman Brass band" into your back room and still found a seat.

I remember the good old days of Saturday mornings at the pictures, but we were often thrown out for singing a much more fruity version with lyrics about a girl called Nellie and her baby when they played to the song.


Comment by Steve Harrison on February 23, 2015 at 8:56

Hi Ian..is that the one that mentions nipple and black pudding?...I remember it well....Steve

Comment by carrie horgan on February 23, 2015 at 18:31

That's a jolly march - I have not heard that before, thanks for posting!

Comment by marc dalmasso on February 27, 2015 at 20:42

YES .............. well played

Comment by Sal DeMaio on April 4, 2015 at 17:09

Very nice. I learned you Teddy Bears' Picnic last year. Maybe I will learn this one next. Thank you for posting and for your skill as a player.

Comment by thereallyniceman on April 19, 2015 at 19:35

Tony has kindly sent me a notated score for Blaze Away and I have added this to the MUSIC LIBRARY.

Tony does a nice job with his notation using colours and fret board indicators.. shame the MUSIC LIBRARY is in monochrome due to file size restrictions.. BUT you can download his PDF in glorious technicolor below :-)

Come on Sal.. there is no excuse now.. how's about learning it for the next Vermont Jamboree?

Thanks Tony. It is great to watch your videos, or should I say Maestro Tapis's videos.


Comment by TONY BRYAN on April 19, 2015 at 22:35


Thanks for your comments.  I understand you played TBP at a bluegrass convention!  Did you win?  

You should find Blaze Away a breeze by comparison.  My version has just been uploaded (some minor changes from the Grimshaw version).  



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