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KEVIN BARRY. Irish, Air (3/4 time) or Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. A famous ballad on the theme of Irish patriotism during the "troubles" of the early 20th century. Kevin Barry was hung on Nov. 1st, 1920.

In Mountjoy jail, one Monday morning, high up on the gallows tree,
Kevin Barry gave his young life, for the cause of liberty;
But a lad of eighteen summers, yet no one can deny,
As he walked to death that morning, he proudly held his head on high.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Brien (Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor), Boston, 1949. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 3), 1927; No. 52, p. 14.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]




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