Jimmy CrowleyJimmy is a living legend in Irish music, a central figure in the worldwide folk scene since his debut album The Boys of Fairhill. He established himself not just as a singer of old songs, but also as a stylish songwriter. His song about the sailing ship Asgard, My Love is a Tall Ship, was adopted as an anthem for sailors everywhere and was used in the documentary film on the Tall Ships. A bossanova style skit, Mrs. President, about Mary Robinson, showed that this musician could not be pigeon-holed. His fascination with musical drama resulted in his ballad opera, Red Patriots, which is based on actual events such as the burning of the Marxist bookshop in Cork city in the early seventies.
No-one sounds like Jimmy, and few can match him for sheer joy, humour and the storytelling craft which he brings to his repertoire of songs. He draws on many traditions to fashion his unique performance style and repertoire, with funny, touching and raucous tales, presenting them as essential affirmations of Cork Culture.