Brand New Key – Melanie (Ragtime)

This funky song was written and recorded by the folk singer, Melanie, in 1971 hitting number 1 on the Billboard Top 100. The Wurzels did their own parodic version in 1976 called The Combine Harvester, which was written by Irish comedian and singer, Brendan Grace, who had previously released it in 1975 to great success. […]

The Sun Is Burning – Luke Kelly (Ian Campbell Song)

This haunting song was composed and written by Scottish folk singer, Ian Campbell, and first released in 1963 but made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, who included it on their first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., one year later. It tells of the horrors of a nuclear blast and was written at a time when the […]

Altan – Maggie’s Pancakes (Irish Traditional)

Here’s a hit from the maestros of Irish music, Altan, from beautiful Tír Chonaill. This version of Maggie’s Pancakes is sure to get your feet tapping, probably enough to wear out the soles on your shoes. Altan are an Irish institution still encouraging audiences to kick up their heels after decades of success. Their longevity […]

The Hangman’s Sonnet – Jesse Stone Thriller

The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman (Robert B Parker series) Jesse Stone is Chief of police in the Massachusetts coastal town of Paradise. It should be a relatively simple job but isn’t. Paradise lies close to Boston where crime is a way of life for too many. But in addition to imported troubles, Paradise […]

First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining (Country/Folk)

Upon first hearing this wonderful song, Rebel Voice was convinced that it was performed by a Texan country band of tremendous talent. But no, wrong, terribly wrong. First Aid Kit are a Swedish duo of tremendous talent consisting of sisters, Klara and Johanna Söderberg. They sing like they are from Texas though; tut, tut, girls, […]

In The News – Kris Kristofferson (Folk)

Kris Kristofferson might well be the coolest person on the planet. Rebel Voice has long been a fan of this folk and country legend, and this song of his from his 2006 album, This Old Road, just goes to show how thoroughly decent and talented he is. Kris will be 83 on 22nd June of […]

A Rainy Night In Soho – Steo Wall (Hiberno-Irish Folk)

Recently, a poll was launched by RTE, the broadcaster for the Irish Free State, to find the ‘nation’s’ favourite folk song. Rebel Voice is unsure if the 1.8 million Irish people in the Occupied Six Counties (OSC) are considered part of the ‘nation’ by the Blueshirts who command RTE as insidious moves are underway to […]