Leonard Cohen sings ‘Kevin Barry’

February 14, 2009 · Print This Article

We have added more songs in the Multimedia section, including versions of ‘Kevin Barry’ by Leonard Cohen and Paul Robeson. We hope also to gradually expand an international section covering well-known or ‘forgotten’ songs about political prisoners.


2 Responses to “Leonard Cohen sings ‘Kevin Barry’”

  1. Pádraic Mac Coitir on February 14th, 2009 5:54 pm

    Listening to Paul Robeson singing Kevin Barry brought back a lot of memories. My ma used to sing it to us as kids and ever since it’s been one of my ‘party pieces’. A number of years ago, while in gaol ,I heard Paukl Robeson singing it. He was a singer whose life I’d read a lot about and who I admired greatly. I was talking to one of the lads about Robeson singing the song and he told me that Peadar O’Donnell taught him the song while driving across North America. Can anyone confirm this? Was O’Donnell even able to visit the country given his left wing politics?

  2. martin collins on January 9th, 2010 9:29 pm

    http://www.anphoblacht.com/news/detail/1703 hope this reference helps!

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