Thisvideo no longer plays correctly. I will upload it again as soon as I can. This is one of the songs I remember from my childhood, as my parents had a ten inch LP of Irish songs sung by Father Sydney McEwan. This was one that struck me right from the start as a fascinating song. It is unusual in its complex rhyme scheme, and some of the words are a bit of a tongue-twister. The tune of this ballad, known as “Gilderoy” has been used for many songs, including “Led By the Spirit”, “Come All Ye Worthy Christian Men”, “Dives and Lazarus (Child 56)”, “The Unquiet Grave (Child 78) and “The Murder of Maria Marten.” The song has been recorded by many artists, including John McEwan, The Pogues, The Chieftains, BΓ©la Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma,The King’s Singers, Slainte, The Irish Rovers, The Wolfe Tones and the Serbian group, Orthodox Celts. You can see a playlist of my Irish songs here: For lyrics and chords of my songs please see my website:

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