Peter Kennedy Collection

Peter Reilly and Mr Devlin, Cullyhanna, Armagh, Northern Ireland, 1952

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    C604/562

  • Recording date

    1952-07-15

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Cullyhanna, Armagh, Northern Ireland

  • Performers

    Devlin, Mr (spoken, male), Reilly, Peter (singer, male)

  • Recordist

    Kennedy, Peter

  • Description

    'Granuaille's Daughter'. Peter Reilly. Male singer. Discussion afterwards about the origins of the lyric - French liberty and American Revolution references. Also known as 'Granuaille's Dream'. 'Gradh Geal Mo Chroidh'. Peter Reilly. Male singer. Version of 'Lord Gregory'. Short introduction of the piece. 'Old Grey Mare'. Peter Reilly. Male singer. Introduction about the origins and story of the song. The policeman in the story made up the song. (Constable Corrigan.) Short discussion at the end over some of the words used in the song. 'St Peter's Day Was A-Dawning'. Peter Reilly. Male singer. 'The Young Ireland Party' political song. Long conversation afterwards about the processions on St Peter's Day from thirrty years prior to recording. Song composed by 'Halfpenny', a poet from Armagh, and learned by Peter Reilly from Terry Toner, who himself leaned it from Halfpenny. Also discussion about not broadcasting the song due to the political text. 'Talk about 'St Peter's Day Was A-Dawning''. Mr. Deviln. Spoken conversation with Mr Devlin, an ex-schoolmaster from Cullyhanna. Discussion about the history and people of the Young Ireland political movement, demonstrations etc. Mention of characters appearing in Peter Reilly's 'St Peter's Day…' song. Also additional informaiton about the celebrations of St Peter's Day on the 29th June. 'Billy Johnson's Ball'. Peter Reilly. Male singer. Short introduction about learning the song from a fiddler in the area around 1918. 'McCaffery'. Peter Reilly. Male singer. Short introduction with a synopsis of the story. Short discussion afterwards about how Peter Reilly learned the song from a policeman in Cullyhanna called 'Stitt', originally from Belfast. 'The Star of Donegal'. Peter Reilly. Male singer.

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