Lisa O’Neill – Rock The Machine [Irish Folk Music]

This ballad by the Cavan singer-songwriter, Lisa O’Neill, speaks of the way in which machines are replacing people without improving anyone’s lives. We could be forgiven for thinking that increased mechanization is going to create a new society where technology does all the work and we can enjoy a life of leisure. Sadly, and at […]

The Pogues – A Pair Of Brown Eyes [Irish Folk Rock]

This is a haunting ballad about a dog. OK, so you might wonder why go to all the bother for a mutt, but Michael JacksonĀ sung one about a pet rat (Ben), so Rebel Voice prefers this one about man’s – and woman’s – best friend. Keep the tissues close… If you enjoyed this, please share

Lisa O’Neill – England Has My Man [Irish Folk]

Lisa O’Neill is from Cavan close to the English-imposed border in Ireland. She is a fairly fresh voice on the Irish folk scene and a favourite of local DJs who know their music. He voice is certainly distinctive and her lyrics are insightful and profound. She is one to watch for the future. If you […]

Luke Kelly – Scorn Not His Simplicity [Folk]

This haunting ballad was written by the Derry song-writer, Phil Coulter, for his disabled child. Coulter was insistent that Luke Kelly should be the one to sing it. He recognized the strength of Luke’s voice and the passion that he would bring to the song. The version here contains some static. There are other studio […]

Woody Guthrie – Gambling Man [folk]

Here’s one for all you folk aficionados. Woody is a legend slightly diminished by his Toy Story namesake (feckin’ animation). Have a listen to a true hero of Socialist USA. If you enjoyed this, please share

Woody Guthrie – Grand Coulee Dam [folk]

This is one of Woody’s best known ballads. Is there an equivalent troubadour of the blue collar worker today in the United States? Perhaps Bruce moved in that direction at times, and Dylan certainly tackled some topical issues in his time, but have any presented as solidly working class and highlighted the continuing travesties being […]

Arlo Guthrie – City Of New Orleans [folk]

Arlo Guthrie is the balladeer son of Woody, no, not from Toy Story but from the proud folk tradition of the USA. Arlo is a great entertainer in his own right and performs this classic track admirably. The lazy rhythm is appealing of those who enjoy kicking back and chilling out with a beer or […]