Record ID:
36532575 (Libraries Australia Authorities)
Authority type:
  • Name.
Description conventions:
  • rda
LC number:
  • n 82093668
  • 18540501
  • Elphin (Ireland)
  • 19200124
  • Formby (England)
Associated with:
  • Great Britain Ireland Cavan (Ireland : County)
Lived/located in:
  • London (England)
Fields of activity:
  • Civil engineering Humorous songs Composition (Music) Popular music--Writing and publishing Singing Landscape painting Watercolor painting
  • Civil engineers Composers Lyricists Singers Artists Landscape painters Watercolorists
Used for:
  • French, William Percy, 1854-1920
  • French, W. P. (William Percy), 1854-1920
  • Chronicals and poems, 1922.
  • Healy, J.N. Percy French and his songs, 1966
  • Larry Mick McGarry, 1938 t.p. (song, words and music by W.P. French)
  • Grove Music online, 27 Feb. 2014 (French, (William) Percy; born Cloonyquin, Co. Roscommon, 1 May 1854; died Formby, 24 Jan 1920). Irish singer and songwriter; he studied at Trinity College, Dublin (1872-1880), and had a career in engineering, but in 1890 turned to writing and performing; his shows included story-telling, humorous sketching, and singing, sometimes accompanied on the banjo; he moved to London in about 1900, and performed throughout Britain as well as on the Continent and in North America; one of his first songs was "Abdulla Bulbul Ameer"; his numerous Irish comic ballads include "Phil the Fluther's ball"; "Slathery's Mounted Fut", "Mat Hannigan's aunt", "Are ye right there, Michael?", and "Come back, Paddy Reilly"; he wrote the words to several other songs, including "The Mountains o' Mourne", as well as to four musical plays which were mostly composed or arranged on traditional airs by W.A. Houston Collisson (1865-1920), who was a pianist with whom he frequently performed)
  • Wikipedia, 27 Feb. 2014 under Percy French (William Percy French; born 1 May 1854 at Cloonyquin House, near Elphin, County Roscommon; died 24 January 1920 in Formby, Merseyside; he was one of Ireland's foremost songwriters and entertainers in his day; in more recent times, he has become recognised for his watercolour paintings as well; he graduated from TCD as a civil engineer in 1881 and joined the Board of Works in County Cavan as an Inspector of Drains; it is said that he wrote his best songs during this period; he was also a prolific painter of landscape watercolours and during this period considered art to be his true vocation; he became renowned for composing and singing comic songs, some being written with his friend, stage partner and fellow composer, Dr W. Houston Collisson)
  • Ask About Ireland website, 27 Feb. 2014 (William Percy French, Percy French; born 1 May 1854, died 24 January 1920; in 1872 he began a degree in civil engineering at Trinity College Dublin; during his time there, he began to develop his musical and artistic talents and wrote his first song called "Abdullah Bulbul Amir"; after graduating, his first job was with the Cavan Board of Works as a surveyor of drains; during his time in Cavan, he began to develop his skill in watercolour painting; he believed that painting was his true vocation and, over the course of his life, he painted many scenes of the Irish landscape)
Local system number:
  • (AuCNL)382106
  • 000001540568
  • abv02812089
Cataloguing source:
  • DLC eng rda DLC OCoLC Uk InNd
Authentication code:
  • kin