#02431
Flower Of Kilkenny (The Masterless Men) videos
#862: YouTube video by dshorock
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

I once loved a flower in Kilkenny,
And a beautiful creature was she;
I loved her far better than any,
And I know that young darling loved me.
She's the beautiful flower of Kilkenny,
Shall I gaze on her fair face no more?
I roamed through the world and seen many,
But there's none like my Eileen Astore.

I remember the first time I met her,
And I thought that her hand I'd pursue;
And no man could have felt any better,
When she swore she would always be true.
She's the beautiful flower of Kilkenny,
Shall I gaze on her fair face no more?
I roamed through the world and seen many,
But there's none like my Eileen Astore.

When I left her they gave me a token,
And that was an outburst of tears;
And the words that were generally spoken,
They remain in my memory for years.
She's the beautiful flower of Kilkenny,
Shall I gaze on her fair face no more?
I roamed through the world and seen many,
But there's none like my Eileen Astore.

Oh, this was the last of the tokens,
That she gave with a fond loving will;
And the words that were generally spoken,
They remain in my memory still.
She's the beautiful flower of Kilkenny,
Shall I gaze on her fair face no more?
I roamed through the world and seen many,
But there's none like my Eileen Astore.

She's the beautiful flower of Kilkenny,
Shall I gaze on her fair face no more?
I roamed through the world and seen many,
But there's none like my Eileen Astore.

####.... Traditional Newfoundland song, but a possible variant of the song Dermot Astore (Irish: A Stór) written by Mrs Julia Crawford, poet and composer of more than 100 songs [c.1800-1885] of County Cavan, Ireland, and set to music by Frederick Nicholls Crouch [1808-1896]. The original Dermot Astore was published in reply to the song Kathleen Mavourneen which was first published in England in 1838 and in America in 1840. Both songs were published in 1840 by Mrs Crawford in a volume titled Irish Songs ....####
First collected and edited by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and recorded in the field in 1929 from the singing of Patrick Mooney [1856-ca.1945] of Fortune Harbour, Placentia Bay by Grace Yarrow Mansfield. Published as #76, I Once Loved a Girl in Kilkenny, on page 157 of Ballads And Sea-Songs Of Newfoundland by Greenleaf and Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968).

This variant arranged and recorded by The Masterless Men of Mount Pearl, NL (Bramble And The Rose, trk#6, 2008, Independent, produced by The Masterless Men and Spencer Crewe and recorded at Sunny Hill Studio, St John's, NL).

The video above features a live performance by The Masterless Men at the 2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in Bannerman Park, St John's, NL.


See more songs by The Masterless Men.

The video below features a recording of a variant by Ray Johnson & The Sou'Westers (The Newfoundland I Love, trk#4, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, engineered by Al Feeney, and recorded at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia).

#1344: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


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