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Boys of Kilkenny

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Performer: Sutton, John
Place Collected: Arlington
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 1451

English rural singers have never had qualms about singing Irish songs, so long as it is a good song.  In some versions of this song, the singer is in exile, wishing he were back home with in Kilkenny with his sweetheart.  Versions go back over 200 years.


Notes by Gwilym Davies 16 March 2016