Luke Kelly – The Molly Maguires (Miner’s Ballad Of Resistance)

The famed Molly Maguires were a 19th century secret society active in Ireland, Liverpool and parts of the Eastern USA. They were organised among the Irish emigres who worked in manual jobs and were perhaps best known as the rebellious coal miners of Pennsylvania. In 1877-88, violent resistance broke out in Pennsylvania between the Molly […]

Dick Gaughan – The Father’s Song

Dick Gaughan is not only a Scottish folk hero, he’s a global folk sensation. His performances will send shivers of the best kind down your spine. The lyrics to his songs speak of everyday trials and dreams. The Father’s Song is a beautiful critique of the world as it really is. This is a true […]

John Spillane – Passage West

John Spillane is a renowned singer-songwriter from the beautiful city of Cork in Ireland. He is a popular constant on both TV and radio on the Emerald Isle. Here is one of his better known ballads. The lyrics in this track are poetry and when set to the haunting melody serve to take the listener […]

Christy Moore – The Reel In The Flickering Light (Irish Folk)

Here’s a popular song from the sweatiest troubadour in Kildare. Christy Moore has been performing for a very long time. He has been in various bands, from Planxty to Moving Hearts to The Bothy Band. He has also carved out a successful career as a solo performer, and more recently has toured with the virtuoso […]

Dominic Behan – Sergeant William Bailey (Irish Rebel)

Many readers of Rebel Voice will know of Brendan Behan, poet, song writer, playwright and likable rogue. Fewer of you will be familiar with his younger brother, Dominic, who was five years his junior. Dominic Behan, who also went by his Gaelic name of Doiminic Ó Beacháin, was born on 22nd, October, 1918 and died […]

Led Zeppelin – The Battle Of Evermore (With Sandy Denny)

In this folk classic by the rock giants, we have the vocals of Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention. It was an impromptu track casually hit upon and recorded by all concerned. It’s the only track recorded by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in their Led Zeppelin days that featured a guest vocalist. It refers to […]

Stockton’s Wing – Beautiful Affair [Irish Folk]

At one time Stockton’s Wing were a household name in Ireland. In many homes they still are, but sadly the popularity of folk music has declined of late due to the widespread promotion of manufactured cac. Yet every now and then DJs in the know dig out a classic track and it gets some airplay. […]

Ralph McTell – First Song [folk]

Here is another timeless classic from one of the best folk-singers of them all. Ralph McTell’s back-catalogue is impressive. Do we see his likes today, or has the era of the folk singer gone to where it sleeps with the blues? If you enjoyed this, please share

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