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Subject: Raglan Road - recorded versions
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 04:27 AM

I'd like to hear fellow catters favourite version of Raglan Road. Amazingly, I was not aware of this song until I heard Peter Rowan's version ( 20 years ago ?). He does a good - if different - version.

p.s. Don't mention Van Morrison!


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Fiolar
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 08:48 AM

To my mind there is only one version and that is the late great Luke Kelly's.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Pat Cooksey
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 10:24 AM

I heard Luke Kelly sing this live many years ago, no other version comes close.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: M.Ted
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 12:15 PM

The Luke Kelly version is the best, in my mind as well. It is a difficult song to do well, owing to the the depth of the lyrics--it seems like singers tend to focus all on the text, with the effect being that the lovely and compelling melody drags. Also it not an ensemble piece, and the accompaniment shouldn't override the singer, as seems to happen in many of the newer recordings--


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,dicmac
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 06:51 PM

Certainly not Ronnie Drew's version but Luke Kelly does a great job.
I've heard plenty of good live versions round the club scene in Scotland. For a recorded version try Maurice Dickson from his"Jesters Dance" album


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: zanderfish3 (inactive)
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 01:09 AM

Luke Kelly's version is superb, Cathal McConnell also sings it very well


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 02:37 AM

Eleanor Shanley


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: ard mhacha
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 03:56 PM

Elanor Shanley and Luke Kelly, a dead heat. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Callie
Date: 04 Aug 03 - 04:18 AM

LOVED the Van Morrison version!

I think Sinead O'Connor recorded it recently on her 'trad' CD.

Callie


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: shankmac
Date: 04 Aug 03 - 04:33 AM

Kieran Halpin does it very well and is one of the few songs he does that he did not write.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: VIN
Date: 04 Aug 03 - 05:15 AM

John Howarth (oldham tinkers) and Pete Macmillan do a fare old job of it too. Luke kelly's voice was (is) special tho. (My favourite rendition of Peggy Gordon is by Luke Kelly).


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Eric the Streetsinger
Date: 11 Sep 04 - 05:50 PM

I'm partial to the version Martin and Jessica Simpson recorded on
"Band of Angels" In particular, I find the lush guitar arrangement
to be unsurpassed!


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 03:50 AM

A few months ago Ciaran MacMathune played a version by Luke on his Sunday morning radio programme on RTE radio 1 which I had not heard before, just Luke and a simple banjo accompaniment, the most beautiful version I've ever heard.
eric


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,SteveH
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 01:11 PM

What, nobody's mentioned Dick Gaughan's superb version from his lp "Kist O' Gold" ?   I'm ashamed to admit that I don't think I've ever heard Luke Kelly's version. Where would I find that?    SteveH


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Eric the Streetsinger
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 03:51 PM

I haven't heard Dick Gauguin in way too long a time!
He used to be a regular in Boston, and I saw him every
chance I got at Johnny D's! Now that I'm in Southern
Arizona, I feel I'm in a folk music wasteland! When
I start to play traditional stuff, people's eyes glaze
over, or they look panicked!
Last time I saw him, he did play "Raglan Road", but the
real jewel of the set that night was "On Both Sides the Tweed".


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Jaze
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 04:47 PM

Joan Osborne does an incredible version on the Chieftan's cd "Tears of Stone" I listened to it for weeks! I've only ever heard one other version--Paddy Reilly-on an Irish fold cd.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 06:14 PM

I haven't heard the Luke Kelly version either, so I'd second Steve's plea for advice from more knowledgeable Mudcatters.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,James
Date: 13 Sep 04 - 08:30 AM

Joan Osborne for sure. I think it is the most moving version I have ever heard. And I do like Vans version.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Guest,Leon
Date: 13 Sep 04 - 10:28 AM

I really like Sinead O'Connor's version and also that of a local singer here in Yorkshire by the name of Nickie Willis.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Raggytash
Date: 13 Sep 04 - 01:23 PM

Both Eddie Walker (Mind to Ramble RAGRCD004)and George Welch do fine versions of this song, Eddie is refreshing because he does it up tempo a bit (slightly Ragtime)and George (Wrong Guitar, on his own label Cluny Studio)uses an open tuning to great effect


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Barrie Roberts
Date: 13 Sep 04 - 09:20 PM

Anyone who ever heard the late, great Dave Phillips sing Raglan Road will know that nobody could have sung it better. It is not (to my knowledge) on record, but if he did record it please somebody, make an old man happy and tell me about it!


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,milk monitor
Date: 14 Sep 04 - 04:29 AM

I like Sinead's version. Just find her voice very haunting. Also love Van morrisons version.

And James McNally does a cracking instrumental version, playing the low whistle, with Jamie Clarke ( Pogues) playing guitar.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 06:40 PM

Seeing he hasn't been mentioned yet, I have a recording by Arthur Johnstone from Glasgow (on North By North, 1989). Very traditional treatment, a cappella and very slow, no match perhaps for Luke Kelly or Eleanor Shanley, but a very good version - and I just like Arthur's voice.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Van
Date: 16 Sep 04 - 02:37 PM

The Chieftains with Roger Daltrey


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Cluin
Date: 16 Sep 04 - 04:40 PM

I'll throw another coin in Dick Gaughan's case here.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Deliberately Cookieless
Date: 16 Sep 04 - 05:54 PM

Raggytash, you have to be kidding about Eddie Walker.

There is no greater admirer of Eddie Walker's talents than I, superb guitarist and very funny man, but his version of Raglan Road is quite frankly the most embarrassing thing I have ever heard in any folk club.

I only wish somebody would tell him ...


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Dickmac
Date: 19 Sep 04 - 05:33 PM

Eddie Walker version is different -yes, embarrassing -no.
Like Deliberately Cookieless I'm a great admirer of Eddie's talents
and have often heard him perform Raglan Road. I've yet to hear anyone complain. If it's so bad why don't you tell him.

As for the best see my comments of 2nd August 2003.
If you want to hear Maurice live he's appearing at the Golf Hotel at Irvine (Ayrshire)on Friday 29th October. Advanced tickets £8 tel 01294 274819


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Jurgen Walter, Germany.
Date: 19 Sep 04 - 07:42 PM

I heard the great Luke Kelly sing this song in Berlin, with the
Dubliners.

Pat Cooksey, who also lives in Germany at the moment. sings it great.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Deliberately Cookieless
Date: 19 Sep 04 - 08:15 PM

Dickmac, you are spot on about Maurice Dickson, wonderful version, and unquestionably the best guitar accompaniment to the song I have ever heard.

That doesn't alter the fact that Eddie Walker's version sucks ...


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Big Tim
Date: 20 Sep 04 - 06:22 AM

Finbar Wright, the great Irish tenor, has also recorded the song.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 20 Sep 04 - 06:28 AM

The Chieftains must bloody love this song, it appears they have recorded it with Joan Osbourne, Roger Daltrey and Van the Man( I like his rendition too)


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 20 Sep 04 - 07:03 AM

I stick by my original thread, Eddie Walker's version is so different from other people which can, sadly, be dirges
I think it's refreshing to hear a completely different take on a song> Admittedly they don't always work but it does make you think about the rendition of a song which many people (myself included) can follow sheep like from a main source
Therefore Eddie gets a vote from me


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Tam the Bam (Nutter)
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 07:23 AM

I like Eddie walker's version, I don't really like Luke Kelly' or Sinead O'Connor's versions the rreason is the are dirges, too bloody slow.
Sinead O'Connor is a nice singer but the way that she does certain songs they just just either puts me to sleep or do myself in because they are so boring.
As for M. Dickson, I think that he's a good guitarist and no so bad singer along with Ivan Drevier, but after a while their songs sound exactly the same sorry not my cup of tea.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: ossonflags
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:21 AM

Heard Eddie Walkers version for the first time this year and it blew me away !!!! Not a lot could get away with doing it the way he does but it worked for me .


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:23 AM

Paddy Kavanagh personally gave the song to Luke Kelly to sing, nobody does it better.

eric


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Jawbone
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:10 AM

What about this new kid - George Murphy? he does a pretty good rendition of it - IMHO


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Betsy
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 11:01 AM

I've not heard Eddie Walker sing it , but he is too good a lad not to do something well. Value-for-money entertainer is Ed.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 05:30 PM

I'm fond of Dick Gaughan's version. Someone played us Luke Kelly's version and that's great, too.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: ossonflags
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 07:01 AM

Have heard them all and they are all excellant versions in there own right.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,T-boy
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 07:47 AM

Pigfoot recorded a great (slow) version.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Ronan -Belfast
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 05:55 PM

I heard Glen Hansard from The Frames do a marvelous version of it, very good indeed


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,cookieless celtaddict
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 06:58 PM

Men of Worth (Irish Jamie Keigher and Scot Donnie MacDonald, out of Oregon) do a lovely uncomplicated version.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Dave Gow, Edinburgh
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 06:23 PM

As someone very in love with this song, may I suggest the ultimate is of course Luke Kelly, but NOT the studio version.
The ultimate version is that which features on the Dubliners "Hometown" LP album in 1972 (now deleted, hunt it on E-Bay).
It is rightly introduced by one of the band as the finest love song ever written in the english language.
The tragedy is we shall probably never see it on CD as for some very strange reason it ended the first side of the LP about threequarters of the way through the song, and fades in again for the last quarter on the second side. ????
I cannot guess why without wondering if it was an "Irish" thing (joke please !!). Did the master tape hiccup and they had to cover up that way ?, was it the limitations of the LP groove bandwidth, and they obviously couldnt mix the concert running order about... which is my favourite theory.
Whatever....a bloody tragedy. CHYME Music in Belfast have the rights I believe, as they have released other songs from the LP on compilation CD's. When you hear Luke's voice on that night, and the more up front and up tempo banjo, you will realise it is a masterpiece.
CHYME MUSIC....WAKE UP !!!!...join the song digitally (if it was ever really split) and release it as a CD single for charity (Mr Geldof will give tips there)....and with plenty of advertising :-
....watch it rule the charts, believe me !!!!.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Big Phil
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 03:46 PM

I have the 72 album, always wondered why the best song was split in two, thanks Dave Gow for a reasonable explanation. LUKE rules! OK


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: NormanD
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 07:33 AM

I'd like to add the version by country/bluegrass singer-guitarist, Peter Rowan. I don't know if he's recorded it, but it's always a feature of his live act (a UK visit's long overdue).


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: ard mhacha
Date: 11 Apr 05 - 07:10 AM

I have an old recording of Peter Rowan singing Raglan Road, it`s good, but give me Luke any time, the recording I picked up many years ago on Tommy Sand`s Downtown Radio show.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Niall Connolly - Orlando
Date: 26 Sep 05 - 02:05 PM

You can hear Luke Kelly's version on the RTE website. Just type in Raglan Road and go to page 9 or 10.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Sean Ennis
Date: 15 Feb 08 - 08:56 AM

The latest recruit to The Dubliners - Patsy Watchorn does a great version of this song.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 15 Feb 08 - 06:23 PM

Luke Kelly - Raglan Road on YouTube


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 15 Feb 08 - 06:29 PM

Another version of Luke Kelly - Raglan Road on YouTube


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: harpmolly
Date: 15 Feb 08 - 06:58 PM

Last November, when we had Liz Carroll & John Doyle in to play at the shop, there was a man in the audience they knew, and invited him up to do a song. His name was Dermot Somerville (of the bands Shanua and The Bodhran Brothers) and he proceeded to sing an unbelievably gorgeous version of "Raglan Road", which I somehow had got to the age of 32 without ever hearing before.

I'm not ashamed to admit I had tears streaming down my face throughout the song (though to be fair, I'd just played the harp at the passing of a friend's wife a few days before, so was a little susceptible). I really recommend that everyone check out Dermot's version, which is on Shanua's album "The Butterfly Effect".


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: oldhippie
Date: 15 Feb 08 - 10:47 PM

There's also a really good version by Loreena McKinnett.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Anglo
Date: 16 Feb 08 - 02:31 AM

I haven't heard Dermot Somerville sing Raglan Road, I'm afraid, but he is a brilliant singer, whom, alas, I've not seen for a number of years. I fear Cleveland is something of a barrens as regards folk music, not to mention a good way from me in eastern NY state, and I haven't been out that way for a while. But I'm very glad Dermot is singing still, and singing well. He is the man.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: harpmolly
Date: 16 Feb 08 - 03:10 PM

And very nice, too. :)


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 05:26 AM

On BBC4's "Folk Hibernia" on Friday night they showed a few seconds of Patrick Kavanagh himself singing this. Has anyone heard this all the way through or do you know where to find it?


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Colin Randall
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 06:45 AM

Must admit I never expected to read the words "I don't really like..." before mention of Luke Kelly's glorious version of the song.

One man's meat and all that, I suppose.

While I have enjoyed Raglan Road sung by Sinead O'Connor, Joan Osborne and others, I have never heard Eddie Walker's version and cannot wait to see how wonderful or disastrous (essentially the two views we see on this thread) it is. Cannot someone film him singing it and stick it on Youtube?


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Santa
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 08:45 AM

Me too, I'm afraid. I'm new to the song, and following the thread on Loreena McKinnett's version I went looking for the RTE version of Luke Kelly. I thought it so over the top as to be a satire on Irish folk singing, that he was taking the, begging your pardon, mick.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 10:39 PM

I watched that this afternoon. Thought the singing was wonderful but found it hard to get past the banjo


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: JHW
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 06:16 PM

I'm guessing that Colin Randall is the guy who used to live around Bishop Auckland way? If so for old time's sake you could always have a listen to my version at http://www.whitclifferecords.co.uk/#/leapyearcd/4523136646
Its the bottom track on the player thing, scroll down and click the track. I heard it from Dick Gaughan.
Hope all's well. John Wilson


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 10:22 PM

Maybe someone already said but I heard a very nice version I believe in Dutch today on a new Salt??? radio on live 365.com Very great music. mg


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: emjay
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 10:30 PM

Only one person mentioned the Men of Worth version -- if you have a chance to hear it, do. Uncomplicated and beautiful.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Colin Randall
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 02:23 AM

John Wilson: excellent to be reacquainted via Mudcat. I am the CR you assumed me to be , though I long ago abandoned Shildon & Bishop Auckland for London, then France and now Abu Dhabi.

I look forward to hearing your version of Raglan Road and had a quick try this morning, but could coax only the tinniest of sound from my laptop Mac. Will have another go later, with earphones if necessary.....in the meantime, John, you'd find a few harkbacks to Bishop days at Salut! Live


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Arkie
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 02:21 PM

Can't say I would put Big George and the Business' version in the top ten or top 40 but it is out there and unlike any other version I have heard.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 04:51 PM

Here's a link to the Pete Rowan version on Youtube.

Raglan Road - Pete Rowan


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: JHW
Date: 06 Apr 08 - 12:37 PM

Colin Randall - I had a look at Salut but was overwhelmed and moved on but on another try up came a bit, from where I don't know, about your first booked performance and the era of paying Vin £3 door money! Cheers, John Wilson


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: michaelr
Date: 06 Apr 08 - 01:12 PM

I'll probably be crucified for this, but I don't see what all the Luke Kelly fuss is about. His voice is not pretty, his intonation dubious, and the banjo accompaniment superfluous.

I think Joan Osborne's version is the best I've heard.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,2mimi
Date: 03 Nov 09 - 11:00 PM

Became obsessed with this song after first hearing Joan Osborne's version. Then Sinead, then Lorena, then Luke and on and on....
The wonder is that one wee song can give forth such power, possibiltiy for interpretation and depth of emotions in such a disparate array of singers. It is a great song that stands alone and virtually any recording brings the essence of the artist to it... What more can we ask for in a piece of music?


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Smokey.
Date: 03 Nov 09 - 11:23 PM

Unlike most people Dick Gaughan actually bothered to sing what Kavanagh wrote, so he gets my vote.. I love the way the Chieftains and Van Morrison did it, but he makes a complete balls of verse three.. mind you, I'm not going to tell him..


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Hans Lap
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 06:04 PM

The Dutch version of this great song is by Rowwen Heze.
It's called......November.
Look on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFqv6O8onkE


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Graham Pallot
Date: 03 Feb 10 - 03:59 PM

I first heard Luke sing this in August 1969 at the Cambridge Folk Festival. It brought a stunned silence to a slightly boisterous audience - such was the power and passion of Luke. A few years later he sung it to a large and even more boisterous stident audience at the Univeristy of Aston in Birmingham, with a similar effect. No one else comes near to this - and I have asked for it to be played at my funeral !!!!! There is a DVD of live Luke Kelly performances, and he sings it on that.
And to answer someone else's enquiry from years back, the late Dave Phillips never recorded it, but his is a tremendous version learned from Luke (his best friend during his Birmingham days). Luke learned many of his songs from Dave - including Peggy Gordon.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: MARINER
Date: 03 Feb 10 - 06:53 PM

The Luke Kelly version is the best followed closely by the version of a man he gave the song to, Al O'Donnell. It can be heard on the excellent double cd, "Ramble Away".A recording that should be in everyone's collection.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Graham Pallot
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 10:18 AM

Anyone who has seen the recording of Luke singing the song on an RTE programme about Kavanagh (and included on the DVD of Luke's performances) will see that the guitar accompanist is Al O'Donnell


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: MARINER
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 04:34 PM

'Tis indeed , I forgot to mention that .There are also some well known literary and folk people in the audience too, eg, Benedict Kiely, Ciarán McMathuna etc. If my memory is not letting me down .


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: bruceCMR
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 06:27 PM

I've just checked our audio library here at Celtic Music Radio. We've got 4 versions of Raglan Road, by:

Arthur Johnstone
Donnie Munro
Ciaran Dorris
The Baileys

4 very different versions.

Bruce
http://www.celticmusicradio.net/


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Erich
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 03:53 AM

In my opinion the best version is by Luke Kelly, closely followed by Dick Gaughans.

Just to mention, there are more versions by

Cockersdale,Mark Knopfler, Jim McCann, Paddy Reilly, Whaley/Fletcher.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Guest::- CAP
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 04:18 AM

The late John Wright has a lovely version on his album A Few Short Lines.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: BobKnight
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 04:45 AM

Being relatively new to the folk scene I didn't come with any preconceived ideas, so for what it's worth... It may be heresy to some, but I can't see what all the fuss about Luke Kelly's version is either. All those long gaps between half lines and an irritating banjo drilling away in the background - not my cup of tea. Unfortunately most other people singing it have copied Luke with the long gaps. Best version by a mile for me is Mary Black's - a real singers version.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: buddhuu
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 05:35 AM

I even like Ronnie Drew's version.

I saw Ronnie do this a few times, and on a good night, even with that crushed-coke voice, he could get real emotion into it. I don't know if that was down to the song or to its strong association with Luke...

For those who aren't impressed by Luke's version (which I also love), and who may not be familiar with his other work, may I suggest that they listen to, amongst others, his recordings of:

* Jail Of Cluain Meala (sp?)
* Wild Mountain Thyme (with Dave Philips)
* Unquiet Grave
* Song for Ireland

If there's not something there to give you a quick shiver then I respectfully suggest that you visit your quack and get your pulse checked...


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 04:28 AM

Or even listen to Luke reciting his poem ' For What Died The Sons Of Roisin '

His passion, honesty and sincerity shone out in everything he did.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Gillie
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 04:39 AM

Pete Wray did an excellant version of this song. He used to sing with John Burge based in the North Yorkshire area. Anyone remember them?


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: buddhuu
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 05:17 AM

@ Dave H:

Yeh. I saw the Dubs again a couple of weeks back. They're doing one of their periodic retrospective tours just now, as they have taken to doing in recent years.

As well as the live playing, they play a few audio and video snippets from the days when Ronnie, Ciaran, Luke and Bobby were still with us. One such clip was Luke's "Sons of Roisin". I've not seen an audience so respectfully entranced by a recorded clip before.

I think John said the lads have been at it for nigh on 50 years now, and they're not retiring yet.

As Barney says, "It's too late to stop now..."


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 08:03 AM

here is my version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bFeua5R8w8


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: BobKnight
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 11:16 AM

Since this is one of the most popular folk songs on You-Tube, I thought I'd give it a try, with the idea that anyone who liked it might visit my You-Tube site to hear some of my own songs.

Click here


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: BobKnight
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 11:17 AM

Mmmm... blue clicky thing still no work for me :)

---------------- Link fixed. JoeClone ---------


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Dave Illingworth
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 04:28 PM

I have been away from the Cafe, so just catching up. I must have missed this thread.
Firstly belated thanks to guest "T-boy" (way back on 21st October 2004) for saying nice things about our Pigfoot version.
We have in fact recently re-recorded it wit ha fine fiddler called Frank Bradley. With a bit of luck the CD might be out by Christmas - it is our first recording for 20 years.
Best version I have heard is by Patrick Kavanagh, although I don't think it is on a record. It was part of a TV programme about Kavanagh, Behan and other Dublin writers and the pubs they frequented. A magic sequence of Kavanagh singing the song (unaccompanied) in a pub. Forget title of programme (it was some years ago) - but it was introduced by,,,,, Van Morrison


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 04:45 PM

John Maclaughlin's terrific essay about Kavanagh and showing some photographs and details of the song are to be found on this page of my website. Kavanagh deserves his own website with all the bells and whistles, but I'm not clever with computers - and I passionately felt the essay needed to be published.

http://www.bigalwhittle.co.uk/id29.html


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 04:56 PM

If you do read my page with MacLaughlin's essay on it. Please skipmy version of the song which is on video there. It is a deeply personal version of the song and I don't need it explaining to me that I don't have an authentic folk voice.


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 04:58 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvC5nMyYZaM

click


Here is a lovely young lady singing it..I have posted about her before..from Northern Ireland..now in USA I think. Just a nice voice, very good guitar I think..a very natural talent who obviously loves the music..I hope she can be kept from the Keltic Woman Syndrome, as in singing like a teenager past the normal pull date..but now she sings like a teen, which is appropriate. mg


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: GUEST,Bob Blake
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 06:36 PM

Patrick Kavanagh sings the first verse along with Luke Kelly on YOU TUBE


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Subject: RE: Raglan Road - Recorded versions
From: Bluegrassman
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 08:55 PM

Here is my take on this great song, cut and paste this link, (I dont know about those blue things) and have a look here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgUeSrmiY54&feature=related


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