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Lord Franklin Micheál O'Domhnaill

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Uploaded on Jul 5, 2009

Many have tried including Dylan, Sineád O' Connor, Pentangle and John Renbourn but none have matched Micheál Ó'Domhnaill and Kevin Burke's version of Lord Franklin. Ireland lost a great perfomer with Micheál's untimely death in 2006. This is my tribute to a man I first saw perform in the Odeon Cinema in Tuam in the mid 70's alongside Mick Hanly. The following is an extract from his biography by Earle Hitchner
Even now, listening to "Lord Franklin" sung by him with his sister Triona adding harmony and Donal Lunny adding bouzouki, I am swept away again by the strength in fragility found in Micheal's uniquely evocative voice as he recounts Lord John Franklin's tragic expedition to find the Northwest Passage in the 1840s. Without question, this is the version of "Lord Franklin" against which all others will forever be judged.

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