the Balladeer

This group is meant for anyone with a profound love for, or anyone who loves to sing the irish ballad. As badge for this group I uploaded a pic of Luke Kelly, balladeer. This should say enough about what I have in mind, I think...Luke Kelly and Ronny Drew were, so to speak,  "My Founding Fathers" concerning Irish music, and I fear we will never see their likes again...Anyway, if Sean Nos is not entirely your thing, and you want to talk Dubliners, Paddy Reilly or the Fureys kind of stuff, this is the place :-) Welcome to my virtual pub !!

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New Ballad set list

Started by Peter Keenan. Last reply by Kees Knegt Dec 4, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi AllI am presently compiling a new set list after being absent for a few years, its being drawn from Christy Moore, Dubliners Fury's, Johnny McEvoy, Pogues, and a scatter of other fine troubadors.…Continue

Who's YOUR "Founding Father" ?? (or Mother:-)

Started by Kees Knegt. Last reply by Kees Knegt Apr 25, 2013. 9 Replies

As i told earlier, I started my "life" in irish trad almost exclusively on "the Dubs" and the Corries. "t Was only some years ago that I discovered "Transatlantic Sessions" and "the Highland…Continue

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Comment by Kees Knegt on December 24, 2014 at 12:29

A song I wrote recently, to the Fred Morrison flute-tune "Leaving Uist"

Comment by Kees Knegt on December 19, 2014 at 20:59

Hiya to all new members in the group! Sorry, haven't been very active lately, but I've been rather busy lately....I hope to pick up again any time soon. In the meantime, for those interested I've posted some new songs on Soundcloud, and on my page here on TC. One I'm particularly fond of is a song I wrote to the tune of Fred Morrison's "The Leaving of Uist", a lovely air....

Comment by Kees Knegt on March 12, 2014 at 18:33

Hi all!!

And welcome to all the new folk who joined the group, I know I haven't been very active lately, but hey, lots of work....Anyway, make yourselves comfortable, and if you have a song to post, a good place to do so would be the group-page A Song for a Beer....So don't be shy, give us your best :-) While you sing, I'll do the rest :-) Some clapping of hands, a whoop and a cheer, the one that sings earns himself a beer :-)

Comment by Kees Knegt on August 13, 2013 at 18:42

A welcome to  Stephen Cleary ! If you have a song, don't be shy and sing

along :-) Welcome to the pub Stephen 

Comment by Jan van der Klei on August 11, 2013 at 20:54

Hello Dick Glasgow, I don't call my self a great singer but like singing ballads, mostly at our local folk club and usually unaccompanied but only because I don't know what key I'm singing in I love it when people do play along, last year I was in Ireland for the music and sessions but didn't know the right places, next I hope to find the right places, so you never know we may meet one day. If you like Luke kelly try to listen to Liam Weldons Dark horse on the wind

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 11, 2013 at 20:13

I first heard Luke Kelly sing with the Dubliners in Clonmel, back in 1971 & I've been a fan of a good song ever since. In Trad circles though, Ballads are so often regarded as persona non grata, but although I don't sing myself, I do enjoy playing them along with a good singer, that's why we have our very own Ballads & Tunes session up here in the Bushmills Inn, every Saturday night. Cheers. :-)

Comment by Jan van der Klei on July 21, 2013 at 19:50

By the way, in a way my own father was my founding father from my early childhood I can remember him singing, songs by perry como frankie lane and such crooners, so from a very early age I've been singing as well, but at an age of about siteen I found I  got very interested in the Dubliners and specially Luke Kelly but later on any Irish songs with a "good story" also enjoy listening to Sinead o'Connorand last year discovered, via facebook Liam Weldon he to was a great Sean nos singer

Comment by Jan van der Klei on July 21, 2013 at 19:17

Sorry typing error should be Kees Knegt

Comment by Jan van der Klei on July 21, 2013 at 19:17

hey Kees Knet any favorit songs you can think of ? some of my favorits to sing are Raglan Road, there where roses and Night visiting song

Comment by Kees Knegt on July 20, 2013 at 23:05

Hey Jan! welcome to the Balladeer, the place where we love a good song, here where the beer is dark and strong :-) If you have a song to sing, leave it for us all to enjoy on the "Song for a  Beer" page :-)


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