Liam Weldon

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Liam Weldon
Born(1933-10-15)15 October 1933
OriginDublin, Ireland
Died28 November 1995(1995-11-28) (aged 62)
GenresIrish folk

Liam Weldon (15 October 1933 - 28 November 1995) was a singer and songwriter in the Irish folk tradition.


Born in Dublin, Ireland, Liam, like many people in inner city Dublin at that time, was moved out of the developing city to Ballyfermot, a suburb on the outskirts of the city.

Liam had a lifelong interest in the songs of the Irish Travellers and his own songs reflected a strong awareness of poverty, disadvantage and exploitation. His personal ballad style had features of other genres, but the precision of intent in his abrasive lyrics was unmistakable.

Six years working in England from the age of sixteen tempered his social awareness, but yet his lyrics often have deep lyric sensitivity. He sang first at the Central Bar in Aungier St., Dublin, and with his wife Nellie ran gigs and clubs through the 1970s.[1]

In Dublin, he organised the Pavees Club in Slatterys on Capel Street and sessions in the Tailor's Hall and the Brazen Head. In the early seventies, Weldon sang and played bodhrán in the group "1691". Named after the year of the signing of the Treaty of Limerick, other members of the group included Tommy Peoples, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Peter Browne, and Matt Molloy, who later went on to form The Bothy Band.[2]

Liam is well known for his songs "Dark Horse on the Wind" and "The Blue Tar Road". "Blue Tar Road" is a criticism of Dublin Corporation in the eviction of Traveller families at Cherry Orchard, County Dublin. "Dark Horse on the Wind", written in 1966 on the 50th anniversary of the Rising, is a lament for the lost dreams of the 1916 Volunteers and a searing indictment of society in post-independence Ireland and, indeed, a prophetic warning of the political troubles which were at that point imminent on the island as a whole.


  • Sixteen Ninety-One — Irish Folk Songs, 1973 (Arfolk, France)
  • Dark Horse On The Wind, 1976 (Mulligan, Ireland) (CD reissue, 1999)
  • Elixir - Liam Weldon, Seán Howley, Brian O’Donoghue, David Hopkins and Pol Huellou (Goasco, 1984)
  • Liam Weldon with Pol Huellou (cassette only, Goasco, 1990)

Sixteen Ninety-One Irish Folk Songs was reissued on CD by Arfolk in the 1990s under the title A Way For Ireland - Irish Traditional Pub Music (the CD also features an album from the Castle Ceili Band)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-01-25. Retrieved 2008-08-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ A Rock'n'Roll Band in Folk Clothing, Tom Keller, FolkWorld, January 2005.

Moore, Christy (2000). One Voice. London: Hodder and Stoughton. pp. 18, 125. ISBN 0-340-76839-8.

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