That strain again: Luke Kelly

Having been rude about the IRA (see earlier post), The Knife will happily own up to Irish ancestry, lots of it. However, when I go there, I don’t feel particularly Irish. I couldn’t even begin to try the Plastic Paddy thing.

Nevertheless, there’s something about the Dubliners, Planxty and the rest that’s just great, and the best of them all was Luke Kelly.

The great man died young, after a brain tumour. He was 44. Although he was terrific at the rousing stuff, he was phenomenal at the ballads and slower songs. Three examples: Parcel of Rogues (his granny was a Scot), The wonderful The Town I loved So Well, and Raglan Road:

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