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John (Jacko) Reilly 1926-69


tom munnelly <[log in to unmask]>


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Mon, 13 Aug 2001 10:45:14 +0100





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Dear Matthew

Delighted to hear of your interest in John. Just a few notes: His grave is
now marked. The recordings made by D.K. Wilgus and I a few weeks before
John died (some 36 songs at one sitting) are in the archive of the Folklore
Program in the Univesity of
Californaia in Los Angeles. Other material of which I sent a copy of to
Peter Kennedy (for comment only) in the sixties he published many years
without my permission, as a tape on Folktracks. I, or John's estate,
received no payment, (not even a copy of the cassette), so I would earnestly
ask anyone to reconsider buying anything from his catalogue. (Roylaties
from the Topic LP went to a Traveller's school.)



Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 23:50:34 +0100
From: Matthew Edwards <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: John (Jacko) Reilly 1926-69

Amongst the many interesting singers featured on Topic "Voice of the
People" the story of John Reilly has to be one of the saddest. He was a
travelling man around Leitrim, Sligo, and Roscommon but was too frail to be
able to earn much of a living. He had a wonderful store of songs, including
a splendid Lord Baker, which can be heard on the Topic series. When Tom
Munnelly brought him to Dublin to sing at the Tradition Club his style was
not well received, except by a few. He died at 43 of pneumonia, weakened by
malnutrition, and was buried in an unmarked grave.
  I know that Tom has fiercely championed John Reilly, and I am posting
this in the hope that others who are interested will do something to
celebrate the cause of this unjustly neglected singer. I would love to hear
the Topic LP "The Bonny Green Tree", but I understand that there were some
recordings made shortly before he died which have never been released. Has
anyone any suggestions as to how to go about helping bring his songs the
attention they deserve?

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