Songs of the Spanish Civil War

Songs of the Spanish Civil War

The Silver Duro

Music: na-mara, Lyrics: P. McNamara

Where Only for Three Months tells of the parting of the Basque children from Bilbao, The Silver Duro tells the story of re-union for those children lucky enough to meet their parents again - after the Second World War. We dedicate the song to Eliseo Ochoa and Ascensión Wakeman whose sadly contrasting stories form the background for the song

The English Penny

Music: na-mara, Lyrics: P. McNamara

This song is based on the story of Penny Feiwel, a nurse who volunteered to go to Spain to serve in the hospitals of the Spanish Republic and with the International Brigades. The song takes the form of an imagined conversation between Penny and a young nurse caring for her in old age. It contrasts the tranquillity of modern peacetime with the chaos, noise and terror of war. It is based on Penny's own words as recorded in Max Arthur's 2009 book, The Real Band of Brothers.

The Bite

Music: R.García / Words: P. McNamara

The song is our homage to all those from the British Isles who volunteered to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. The willingness to leave the comforts of home and family to lay one's life on the line to fight for an idea and confront evil in a foreign land deserves greater remembrance than these heroes and heroines have received to date.