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Luke Kelly: Discography
Compilations — previously released tracks


The Luke Kelly Album

  • The Luke Kelly Album
    • 1981 - Chyme CHLP 1016 LP
    • 1993 - Chyme CHCD 1016 CD
    • 1999(?) - Chyme CHCD 1016 CD
  • Luke Kelly & The Dubliners
    • 1982 - K-tel KLP 99 LP

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  • Side One
    1. The Button Pusher (Enoch Kent)
    2. Scorn Not His Simplicity (Phil Coulter)
    3. The Sun Is Burning (Ian Campbell)
    4. The Blantyre Explosion
    5. For What Died The Sons Of Roisin (Luke Kelly)
    6. Dainty Davey
    7. The Unquiet Grave
  • Side Two
    1. Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl)
    2. The Foggy Dew
    3. Farewell To Carlingford (Tommy Makem)
    4. The Town I Loved So Well (Phil Coulter)
    5. Parcel Of Rogues
    6. Bunclody
    7. The Rare Auld Times (Pete St. John)

Sleeve Notes

This is a selection of my favourite songs. The idea for the album came from a very old mate of mine Dara O Lochlainn.

It's not as easy a job as I first thought it might be. For instance — when I first looked over the list of titles I was featured on, there were at the same time MORE — and disconcertingly LESS than I thought!

Over the years with the "DUBS" an individual image has emerged for each of us. Mine I imagine to be loud, fiery and up tempo — but then almost to re-assure me it is also of a gentle, quiet, crying, almost "sotto-voce" type of character.

So what I've tried to do on this Album is to select the type of songs I might choose to sing at a party.

I think I've covered the whole spectrum from Love — Dainty Davy and The Unquiet Grave to Disgust — Parcel of Rogues and For what Died the Sons of Roisin. The rest is a selection of the most often requested songs I know. I hope you have as much pleasure in listening as I do in performing

Luke Kelly

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Luke Kelly - The Collection
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  • Luke Kelly - The Collection
    • 1994 - Chyme CHCD 1041 CD

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  • CD One
    1. On Raglan Road
    2. Joe Hill
    3. Scorn Not His Simplicity
    4. Dublin In The Rare Oul Times
    5. The Town I Loved So Well
    6. Black Velvet Band
    7. Hand Me Down My Bible
    8. Song For Ireland
    9. Parcel Of Rogues
    10. The Sun Is Burning
    11. High Germany
    12. Wild Rover
    13. Dainty Davey
    14. Night Visiting Song
    15. God Save Ireland
    16. For What Died The Sons Of Roisin?
  • CD Two
    1. Thirty Foot Trailer
    2. Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl)
    3. Monto
    4. Lifeboat Mona
    5. Banks Of Sweet Primroses
    6. The Button Pusher
    7. The Springhill Mine Disaster
    8. Molly Maguires
    9. The Old Triangle
    10. School Days Over (Ewan MacColl)
    11. The Holy Ground
    12. Free The People (Coulter/Martin)
    13. Peat Bog Soldiers
    14. Whiskey In The Jar
    15. Home Boys Home
    16. Bunclody
    17. Wrap The Green Flag Around Me/The West's Awake/ A Nation Once Again

TRIBUTES TO LUKE KELLY

"When Luke was singing a very good song, you could feel the hair rise on the back of your neck."
Peggy Seeger

"I was amazed by the power and commitment of Luke's performance and by how emotionally involved he was with his material…he was a hero who became a friend and I still mourn him."
Christy Moore

"Luke stood out as being passionate in his singing…he put soul into it."
Mary Coughlan

"He was a hard chaw with a heart of gold and the soul of an angel."
Barney McKenna

"He stood head and shoulders above the others: he gave a voice to the unemployed; he gave a voice to the worker: a voice to the person on the streets of Dublin."
Frank Harte

"He had a quality impossible to define and certainly impossible to learn."
Phil Coulter

"You couldn't help but respect Luke for his tremendous integrity and the way he stuck to his convictions throughout his life. As a singer, he was the best bar none."
Ronnie Drew


For What Died The Sons of Roisin?
(Luke Kelly)

For what died the sons of Roisin, was it fame?
For what died the sons of Roisin, was it fame?
For what flowed Ireland's blood in rivers
That began when Brian chased the Dane?
And did not cease, nor has not ceased With the brave sons of '16
For what died the sons of Roisin, was it fame?

For what died the sons of Roisin, was it greed?
For what died the sons of Roisin, was it greed?
Was it greed that drove Wolfe Tone to a pauper's death
In a cell of cold wet stone?
Will German or French or Dutch inscribe the epitaph of Emmet
When we have sold enough of Ireland to be but strangers in it?
For what died the sons of Roisin, was it greed?

To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
To those brave men who fought and died
That Roisin live again with pride,
Her sons at home to work and sing
Her youth to dance and make her valleys ring,
Or the faceless men who for mark and dollar
Betray her to the highest bidder.
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?

For what suffer our patriots today?
For what suffer our patriots today?
They have a language problem — so they say,
How to trespass must grieve their heart full sore.
We got rid of one strange language
Now we are faced with many more
For what suffer our patriots today?

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Songs of the Workers
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  • Songs of the Workers
    • 1998 - Outlet CDLUKE001 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Joe Hill
    2. Sun Is Burning
    3. When I Was A Bachelor (The Foggy Foggy Dew)
    4. Springhill Mine Disaster
    5. Battle Of The Somme/Freedom Come All Ye
    6. Lifeboat Mona
    7. Thirty Foot Trailer
    8. Alabama '58
    9. Lag's Song
    10. Button Pusher
    11. Schoolday's Over
    12. Such A Parcel Of Rogues
    13. High Germany
    14. I Must Away Now (Night Visiting Song)
    15. Peat Bog Soldiers
    16. Blantyre Explosion

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Working Class Hero
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  • Working Class Hero
    • 2007 - Celtic Airs CACD0203 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Free the People
    2. Farewell to Carlingford
    3. Joe Hill
    4. The Thirty Foot Trailer
    5. The Lifeboat Mona
    6. Alabama
    7. The Springhill Mining Disaster
    8. Schooldays Over
    9. The Blantyre Explosion
    10. The Lag's Song
    11. Song of the Iron Road
    12. The Sun Is Burning
    13. The Town I Loved So Well
    14. A Parcel of Rouges
    15. The Peat Bog Soldiers
    16. Freedom Come All Ye
    17. The Molly Maguires
    18. High Germany
    19. The Button Pusher
    20. For What Died the Sons Of Roisin

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The Definitive Collection
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  • The Definitive Collection
    • 2010 - Celtic Airs CACD 0205 CD

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  • CD One
    1. Thank You For The Days
    2. Farewell To Carlingford
    3. Muirsheen Durkin
    4. Scorn Not His Simplicity
    5. The Gartan Mother's Lullaby
    6. Peggy Gordon
    7. The Maid Of The Sweet Brown Knowe
    8. Kelly The Boy From Killane
    9. The Travelling People
    10. Go To Sea No More
    11. The Net Hauling Song
    12. The Sun Is Burning
    13. Alabama '58
    14. The Auld Triangle
    15. For What Died The Sons Of Róisín
    16. Whiskey In The Jar
    17. The Black Velvet Band
    18. The Town I Loved So Well
    19. Joe Hill
    20. A Song For Ireland
  • CD Two
    1. Maids When You're Young Never Wed An Old Man
    2. The Rocky Road To Dublin
    3. The Shoals Of Herring
    4. Paddy On The Railway
    5. Raglan Road
    6. Schooldays Over
    7. The Dundee Weaver
    8. The Thirty Foot Trailer
    9. The Banks Of The Sweet Primroses
    10. I Know My Love
    11. Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl)
    12. I'm A Rover
    13. Tramps And Hawkers
    14. The Rising Of The Moon
    15. The Galway Races
    16. The Peat Bog Soldiers
    17. The Lifeboat Mona
    18. The Springhill Mining Disaster
    19. The Night Visiting Song
    20. The Wild Rover

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