Patrick Sky in 1966
Patrick Sky (born Patrick Lynch in Liveoak Gardens, Georgia, in 1943) is a musician, singer and songwriter of Irish and Native American ancestry (Creek Indian, Sky was raised near the Lafourche Swamps of Louisiana). A contemporary of Bob Dylan and others in the Greenwich Village folk boom of the 1960s, following military service Sky released a number of well received albums from 1965 onwards and played with many of the leading performers of the period, particularly Buffy Sainte-Marie, Eric Andersen and the blues singer Mississippi John Hurt (whose Vanguard albums Sky produced). Sky's song "Many A Mile" became a folk club staple, and has been recorded by Sainte-Marie and others.
Becoming increasingly disillusioned with the music business and politically radical, Sky released the controversial and scabrously satirical Songs That Made America Famous in 1973 (the album was recorded in 1971 but rejected by several record companies before it found a home); to this day he claims to have received no royalties for the album. This album featured the earlier known recorded version of the song "Luang Prabang," written by Sky's friend Dave Van Ronk. Patrick Sky had honed his politically charged satire in earlier albums, but Songs That Made America Famous raised the stakes. The Adelphi Records website describes how the content was, indeed, shocking; yet, how several critics encouraged the public to rush to buy these timely and brilliant "explicit lyrics" while it could. Sky gradually moved into the field of Irish traditional music, founding Green Linnet Records in 1973. Today he is recognised as an expert in building and playing the Irish uillean pipes, often performing with his wife, Cathy. He has also published several books on the subject.
- Patrick Sky (1965)
- A Harvest of Gentle Clang (1966)
- Reality Is Bad Enough (1968)
- Photographs (1969)
- Songs That Made America Famous (1973)
- Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (1975)
- Through A Window (1985)
With Cathy Sky
- Down to Us (2009)
- Elias Howe and William Bradbury Ryan, Ryan's Mammoth Collection: 1050 Reels and Jigs, Hornpipes, Clogs, Walk-arounds, Essences, Strathspeys, Highland Flings and Contra Dances, with Figures, and How to Play Them. Bowing and Fingering Marked. Together with Forty Introductory Studies for the Violin, with Explanations of Bowing, etc. (Boston: Elias Howe, 1883), reformatted facsimile edition published by Mel Bay Publications, Pacific, MO: 1995, ed. Patrick Sky. According to Sky, the book was first published in 1882, a year in advance of the copyright date.
- Howe's 1000 Jigs and Reels (Boston: Elias Howe, c. 1867), reformatted edition published by Mel Bay Publications, Pacific, MO: 2001, ed. Patrick Sky.
- Okun, Milton (1968). Something to Sing About. New York: Macmillan.
- Patrick Sky and Cathy Sky's webpage - Official website of Patrick and Cathy Sky, including a biography and a link to a discography
- Adelphi Records - In-context description of the album Songs That Made America Famous and contemporaneous reviews