The Queen of Connemara - Delia Murphy
If I Were A Blackbird was one of Delia's best known songs - hear a little bit of it here
With Tom, they were posted to the Vatican during the War years where she was involved in many escapades involving the escape of allied soldiers - later Tom became the first Irish Ambassador to Australia and Delia brought back many songs that later moved into the Irish Tradition.
Among here many recordings was a song called the Queen of Connemara about a boat ... and this was where her nickname came from.
Delia's website is maintained by her grandson, the uilleann piper Ronan Browne at www.deliamurphy.com
Delia Murphy was without doubt the single most influential singer to have recorded traditional songs in Ireland and she influenced a generation of singers that followed her.
I made a series of documentaries for RTE television and with the help of guests from the various strands of Irish music we reconstructed the biographies of Delia and the other first Irish ladies of song who were recording in and around the 1950s. The series was called Songbirds and I will write about it in a later post. Our newer recordings of these well known songs (many of which I've shared here through these A to Z posts) is available through my website at www.filcampbell.com along with more information and a DVD of the series if you'd like to read more about her and the Songbirds series.
Here's my version of If I Were A Blackbird