Mudcat Café message #3960505 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #155912   Message #3960505
Posted By: Vic Smith
07-Nov-18 - 07:02 AM
Thread Name: John Reilly, traveller singer.
Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
Sadly travellers are not what they used to be. Visited our village and left with three Victorian summer seats and two bronze plaques to the dead of the Great War and World War Two.

1] Posted by unnamed guest so the identity of the person making these claims cannot be verified.
2]"our village" - unnamed so we do not even know the country that where the supposed theft took place so that some check on local media sources might help to check the claims
3] Even if the location and theft could be verified, what is the basis for the claim that this theft was down to the traveller community? The fact that local theives use the opportunity of itinerants in their vacinity to cover their own misdeeds is a factor well known to police.
4] The fact that Joe Offer felt the need to delete another post by this unwelcome "GUEST" because he had "crossed more definitively into bigotry." indicates how little reliance we can put on his posts in this thread.

I hope this can draw a line under this thread drift so that attention can return to the man who I would consider one of the outstanding traditional singers of these islands. There probably are not many copies of The Bonny Green Tree, John Reilly. (Topic TSDL 359, 1978) around and probably even fewer of The Rosin Box: John Reilly - sings Irish Tinker Ballads (Folktrax cassette FTX-175 but, believe me, both are really worth seeking out.

I would also suggest that you read the Wikipedia entry on John at and read about the life of this important mistreated figure.