FTX-175 - THE
JOHN REILLY- sings
Irish Tinker Ballads
These recordings of the Irish traveller, "Jacko"
Reilly were made by the Irish folk-collector, Tom Munnelly, near Boyle in County
Roscommon, in 1967. Here are versions of some of the great classic ballads including:
THE JOLLY TINKER, GYPSY LADDIE, EDWARD and SEVEN NIGHTS DRUNK (The
Cuckold Song), as well as love songs and sea songs. Many of his songs, like
MARROWBONES, have a comic element and reflect the pleasure he got from
the effect of his songs upon his listeners.
1. THE BRAES OF STRATHBLANE - 2'48"
2. THE ROSIN BOX (THE JOLLY TINKER: Child #279) - 1'49"
3. JOHNNY REILLY - 4'28"
4. THE RAGGLE TAGGLE GYPSY-O (Child #200) - 3'47"
5. THE DARK EYED GYPSY-O (Another version of #200) - 4'21"
6. WHAT PUT THE THE BLOOD (EDWARD: Child #13) - 3'32"
7. THE MOUNTAIN STREAM - 2'52"
8. THE WOMAN OF OUR TOWN (MARROWBONES) - 2'12"
9. MARY, THE PRIDE OF CLUAINKEEN - 1'39"
10. JOHNSTON'S MOTOR CAR - 2'31"
11. PETER HEANEY - 4'06"
12. AT THE FOOT OF NEWRY MOUNTAIN - 3'22"
13. CLADDOGH (CLAUDY) BANKS - 4'53"
14. SEVEN NIGHTS DRUNK (Child #274) - 4'04"
15. A LADY IN HER FATHER'S GARDEN - 5'06"
16. PADDY McANULTY (OLD CARATHEE) - 2'20"
17. THE BOLD SEA CAPTAIN (TWO LOYAL LOVERS) - 3'36"
18. HERE'S ADIEU TO ALL TRUELOVERS (Child 248) - 3'14"
Recorded by Tom Munnelly 1967. Re-recorded & edited by Peter
Kennedy & first published on Folktrax Cassettes 1975. NOTE: This recording
may only be used for research purposes only,
John or "Jacko" REILLY (1926-1969) Born into a travelling family
at Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim whose route included Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon.
He learned most of his ballads from his father and worked as a tinsmith, moving
his family to Belfastbut returning to Leitrim in 1953, settling in Boyle in
1962 and spending some time in nearby Gurteen, Co Sligo. We are grateful to
Tom Munnelly for these recordings, made in Grehan's pub in Boyle, which he sent
to the Traditions Library for comparative ballad studies. We would draw listeners
attention to the fact that these recordings remain his copyright and his permission
must be obtained before any further use is made, other than for private study.
Tom Munnelly, c/o Irish Folk Music Division, Dept. of Irish Folklore, University
College, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. (Phone: 752116)