The Newry Highwayman
"The Newry Highwayman" is a traditional British folk song about a criminal's life, deeds, and death. It is also found in Ireland, the USA and Canada. The earliest known broadside is from about 1830 (Bodleian Harding B 25(2054)). Some versions mention "Mansfield" and this is sometimes taken to be William Murray, first Earl of Mansfield (1706-1793). It is classified as Roud 490, Laws L012.
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Other titles for this song include:
- Wild and Wicked Youth
- The Flash Lad
- In Newry Town
- Newlyn Town
- The Rambling Boy
- The Roving Blade
- Adieu Adieu
- Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy on their 1978 album Two for the Early Dew.
- The Dubliners on their 1983 album Prodigal Sons
- Four to the Bar on their 1995 album Another Son.
- Boiled in Lead on their 1994 album Antler Dance.
- Clarence Ashley & Tex Isley, recorded it as "Rude and Rambling Man"
- The Carter Family recorded it as "The Rambling Boy"
- New Lost City Ramblers recorded it as "Rambling Boy" in 1963
- Riley Puckett recorded it as "Ramblin' Boy"
- Waterson:Carthy sang it on "Fishes and Fine Yellow Sand" as "Newry Town"
- The Watersons sang it on "For Pence and Spicy Ale" as "Adieu Adieu"
- Brass Monkey sang it on "Sound and Rumour" as "The Flash Lad"
- The Yetties sang it on "A Load Old Bales" as "Adieu Adieu"
- Eliza Carthy sang it on "Red" (1998) as "Adieu Adieu"
- Solas performed it on their first self-titled album and again in their 2006 album Reunion: A Decade of Solas.
- Fairport Convention on their 1977 album the Bonny Bunch of Roses as "Adieu Adieu"
- Bob Dylan has occasionally performed the song live as "Newry Highwayman" or "Roving Blade"