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John Reilly, traveller singer.

MartinRyan 26 Oct 14 - 03:51 AM
GUEST,Mike Yates 26 Oct 14 - 09:45 AM
Young Buchan 27 Oct 14 - 03:18 AM
MartinRyan 27 Oct 14 - 03:34 AM
Jim Carroll 27 Oct 14 - 04:26 AM
MartinRyan 27 Oct 14 - 04:59 AM
Jim Carroll 27 Oct 14 - 05:47 AM
GUEST,Liberty Boy (sans cookie) 30 Oct 14 - 07:25 AM
Ross Campbell 30 Oct 14 - 09:40 PM
Fergie 30 Oct 14 - 10:13 PM
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Subject: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: MartinRyan
Date: 26 Oct 14 - 03:51 AM

Spent a great day yesterday at the South Roscommon Singers Festival in Knockcroghery in the Irish midlands. Highlight was a talk on John Reilly, the traveller singer who spent his last years in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, not far away. Gerry O'Daly did the talking with the excellent Helen Grehan (of Grehan Sisters fame) illustrating with some beautiful singing of Jacko's songs.

To check out some recordings of John Reilly (made for Topic Records):
Click here

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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 26 Oct 14 - 09:45 AM

I would love to have met John Reilly. An amazing singer with an even more amazing repertoire of songs. How could a man who suffered so much during his lifetime pass on so many treasures to us all?


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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: Young Buchan
Date: 27 Oct 14 - 03:18 AM

Someone once said of him, that if he had been born in any part of Europe except the British Isles he would have been made the centre of a National Folk Music Ensemble and been paid handsomely to go around the world representing his country at international festivals of culture.

As it was, he died alone, forgotten and in poverty.


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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: MartinRyan
Date: 27 Oct 14 - 03:34 AM

As it was, he died alone, forgotten and in poverty - in his early forties. Listening to recordings of him speaking a few years before he died, what is striking is how terribly old he sounded. Still sang like a bird...

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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 27 Oct 14 - 04:26 AM

Does anybody have any information about the D.K. Wilgus collection at U.C.L.A.?
Tom Munnelly introduced D.K. to John Reilly - it was through meeting him that Tom became a full time collector.
Wilgus returned to the U.S. with his Irish recordings; Tom always believed that there might have been material that he had not managed to get from John, but attempts to find this out always met with no response.
Tom, and other devotees, on realising John's situation, tried to organise a number of bookings for him in order to alleviate hid situation.
They drew a blank with a (nameless) organisation, who refused their request on the grounds that he "was not a sean nós singer"!
It is interesting to speculate on how much song and information has been lost down the years through anti-Traveller prejudice.
The great Gavin Greig (he of the magnificent Aberdeenshire collection) failed to record a near neighbour Traveller living in New Deer, though he was a noted figure locally as a piper.
Years later, he was found to have one of the few Robin Hood ballads got from a field singer.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: MartinRyan
Date: 27 Oct 14 - 04:59 AM

Jim - talk to me!

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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 27 Oct 14 - 05:47 AM

Always a pleasure Martin
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: GUEST,Liberty Boy (sans cookie)
Date: 30 Oct 14 - 07:25 AM

John did actually sing at the Tradition Club in Slattery's sometime around 1968 or so. I took him from Tom and Annette's flat to the gig on the back of my Heinkel 175 motor scooter.


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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 30 Oct 14 - 09:40 PM

Don't know if this got listed at the time - a review of a memorial concert in John Reilly's home town, from the Living Tradition magazine.

CHRISTY MOORE & THE GREHAN SISTERS: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN REILLY - St Joseph's Hall, Boyle, Co Roscommon - 26 June 2014

http://www.livingtradition.co.uk/node/1447

Ross


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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: Fergie
Date: 30 Oct 14 - 10:13 PM

Myself and Jerry O'Reilly representing An Góilín and the singing tradition got honourable mentions in Jim Bainbridge's article in Livingtradition. It was a great and memorable night and a worthy tribute from Christy and the Grehan Sisters to that great and mighty man of song. It was an honour to be a part of it.
Fergus


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Subject: RE: John Reilly, traveller singer.
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 14 - 02:38 PM

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