zenlove and Red Poppy, this thread ended up being about Irish poets. The Chieftans, 'Tears of Stone' is a favourite album and I know 'Raglan Road' well. You may have seen this fascinating old clip on traditional Irish music about Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O'Brien, who inspired Ronnie Drew, who formed The Dubliners with Luke Kelly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Do9pH7W8E8
I claim no Irish heritage but Aussies have a well known affinity with the Irish, take Russell Crowe quoting Kavanagh during his acceptance speech at the 2000 BAFTA awards. The BBC cut it from the final broadcast and did he let them know how pissed off he was. (
Of course when he does things like this we remember that he was born in New Zealand).
I also know of Behan, mainly due to Australian sources. Paul Kelly, one of our best song writers, wrote the song 'Laughing Boy' about him. Also a song about him, sung originally by the Clancy Brothers, was covered by the The Doug Anthony All Stars, in the mid-eighties. Couldn't find it but found this one about Irish Krishnas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OazrqvPGS4U
Kavanagh (Raglan Road) wrote:I gave her gifts of the mind,
I gave her the secret signs,
That's known to the artists who have known
The true gods of sound and stone.