This is one of the most popular Irish folk songs around. It has been recorded by the Dubliners, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, and many, many others.
I have played this song countless times, usually on bodhran and occasionally on guitar, but always backing someone else. In fact, other than supplying backup vocals on the chorus, I had never sung this song until about an hour before I recorded this. I even had to go online to double check some of the lyrics.
Devilishly handsome and incredibly modest, Kevin Edward Rose is a rare talent in a world of.... Wait a minute. I'm being told that I should have someone else write this bio as I may not be sufficiently objective. OK, hang on.
Combine the grit of Lou Reed with the emotional complexity of Loudon Wainwright III and the intimate conviction of Christy Moore, and the result would sound a lot like Kevin Edward Rose. Kevin's music can bring you to laughter and it can bring you to tears, sometimes both in the same song.
It has been said that there are three types of performers in the world. There are so-so performers, there are pretty good performers, and, maybe once in a generation, a performer comes along with an intensity and a magnetism that can only only make the world a better place. Kevin falls into the second category; he's a pretty good performer.
An award-winning amateur winemaker, Kevin is 47 years old and lives in Richmond, Indiana.