After extensive research by the Greystones Guide into the presence of vampires in our town, we have further proof – if further proof were needed – that the legendary Joe Sweeney has been on this planet for over 150 years. At least.
Deep in the bowels of American history, we have discovered that Joe was once the United States’ most famous banjo player – way back in the 1830s!
Not only that, but Joe was a pioneer of the blackface entertainment industry in New York by the early 1940’s. It was during this time that Joe and his Virginia Minstrels wrote such classic hits as Jimmy Crack Corn and Old Dan Tucker.
Moving to Europe in 1843, Joe toured the continent before, obviously, settling in a certain Ireland coast fishing town to deliver yummy, nutritious food to the locals.
So, as you can see, not just a pretty, suspiciously-young face…
You’ll be happy to know that Greystones’ award-winning fish & chips magnate had a pop hit written all about his exploits, Joe Sweeney being a hit for Karl Denver in 1961. The fact that the great man himself has a copy of this Decca 7″ single is merely further proof of Joe’s shady past.
You think you know someone…