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Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001
Subject: Kilkelly, Ireland

The song Kilkelly, Ireland was taken from letters written to our great
grandfather from his family in County Mayo - liner notes from lp Steve & Peter Jones Cloud Records 6607 Marywood Road, Bethesda, MD 20817    No dates on the lp Insert has words and chords to all the songs.

I also have it on CD by Moloney, O'Connell & Keane CD title Kilkelly
Green Linnet Records 1988.

Also I have another version by Laura Burns & Roger Rosen on an LP Light This Night on Flying Fish 1985. [sed notes: this is also on the Fast Folk CD from Smithsonian-Folkways; 2002]

Author is Peter Jones

The fact that it is a true story makes it even more compelling. The back of the Burns & Rosen LP appears to have some of the letters dated 1890 & 1891 on it. I never even noticed this until I was typing this!!!


Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001
From: Jeff Tarry
Subject: While Irish eyes are smiling . . . (reprise)

Thanks to everyone who responded to my quest on The Lines and
back-channel. The song turned out to be "Kilkelly Ireland". I hear it was penned by a Washington-based writer from actual fading correspondence and has been recorded by Tommy Makem, the Clancy Brothers, Green Fields of America, Laura Burns and Roger Rosen, and maybe Phil Coulter and Mick Moloney. 'Liner Geery Clark plays it with his Irish band.

The programme, it seems, was produced by the BBC in the mid-80s and was titled 'Bringing It All Back Home'. Song and programme are highly
recommended if repeated on PBS any time.

I'm told the soundtrack was released on cd. My sources have been sent forth to search and secure a copy post haste.

"Kilkelly" is the kind of song JS [John Stewart] could well have written. The radio waves just happened to choose a different receiver on this occasion.

Jeff in the land Down Under

-------------Date: 23 Mar 2001
Subject: Re: Kilkelly, Ireland

Oh, it is also on the album, "Green Fields of America" from Green Linnet.

Date: 23 Mar 2001
Subject: Re: Kilkelly, Ireland

The version by Danny Doyle being the first I heard is still my favorite.
On the album, "20 Years A Growin" Can't play it when my wife is around, she cries for some time.



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