Louis Killen (b 1936)

English singer playing mainly traditional songs and sea-songs.

(Louis Killen has also recorded with the Clancy Brothers and Cyril Tawney.)
(Also known as Lou Killen. He has lived in the USA since 1967.)


Title.year.Label. no
Ballads and Broadsides1965Topic12T126
[Reissue]2009 Topic 
Sea Chanteys1968 ESP1085 
[Reissue]1994 ESP 
50 South to 50 South1969 South Street Seaport MuseumSTP-1021
Old Songs and old Friends1977 Front HallFHR 012 
Gallant Lads are We 1978Collector1932 
The Rose in June1989 Own Label   
A Bonny Bunch1993 Own Label 
Sailors Ships and Chanteys Vol 11995 Knock Out!KO-01 
[Reissued as "The Rose in June" with extra tracks] 2001Old and New Tradition ONTCD 2005
A Seaman's Garland - Sailors Ships and Chanteys Vol 21997Knock Out! KO-04
Revels 20022002   

Collaboration - Louis Killen and Isla Cameron.

Title.year.Label. Number
The Waters of Tyne1961 Prestige International13059

Collaboration - Louis Killen and the Johnny Handle, accompanied by Colin Ross.

Title.year.Label. No
The Colliers Rant1962TopicTOP74
Northumbrian Garland1962TopicTOP75

Collaboration - Louis Killen, Johnny Handle, Tom Gilfellan et al.

Title.year.Label. No.
Tommy Armstrong of Tyneside (*)1965 Topic 12T122
Along the Coaly Tyne - Old and New Northumbrian Songs1962Topic12T189
[Reissue]1999 TopicTSCD498

(* accompanied by Colin Ross and Maureen Craik)

Collaboration - Louis Killen and Peter Bellamy.

Title.year.Label. number
Won't You Go My Way?1971 Argo  AFB37

Collaboration - Louis Killen and the Clancy Brothers.

Title.year.Label. Number
Show Me The Way1971 Audio FidelityAFSD 6252
Live on St Patrick's Day1973 Audio FidelityAFSD 6256

Collaboration - Louis and Sally Killen.

Title.year.Label. Number
Bright Shining Morning1975 Front HallFHR 006

Collaboration - "The Revels Chorus and Band" (Louis Killen, John Roberts and Tony Barrand).

Title.year.Label. No
Homeward Bound2002 ??

Anthologies - Owen Hand, Ian Campbell Folk Group, Anne Briggs, Lou Killen, Matt McGinn, Hamish Imlach, Jill Doyle et al.

Edinburgh Folk Festival vol 11963Decca LK 4546
Edinburgh Folk Festival vol 2 1964Decca LK 4563

Various artists - Bob Davenport, Anne Briggs, A.L. Lloyd, Lou Killen, Matt McGinn, The Celebrated Working Man's Band.

Title.year.Label. No
The Iron Muse - A Panorama of Industrial Folk Song1962TopicTOP74

Various artists - Ian Campbell, Bob Davenport, Lou Killen, Redd Sullivan, Dave Swarbrick, Cyril Tawney.

Farewell Nancy: Sea Songs and Shanties 1964Topic12T110 
[Reissued as "Blow The Man Down"] (*) 1993Topic TSCD464

(* Extra tracks by Ewan MacColl, Harry H Corbett, Sam Larner, The Watersons, Bob Hart, A.L. Lloyd ).

Collaboration - A.L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl and Harry H. Corbett.

The Singing Sailor (EP)1956Topic  TRL3
[Reissued as "Blow The Man Down"][with bonus tracks]1993TopicTSCD464

(* See "Farewell Nancy" above).

Anthology - Various artists including Ewan MacColl, Roy Harris, Louis Killen, Peter Bellamy, A.L. Lloyd and Frankie Armstrong.

Round Cape Horn1998 TopicTSCD 499

Anthology - Matt McGinn, Stan Kelly, Johnny Handle, Louis Killen, Enoch Kent, Charles Parker et al.

Revival in Britain: Volume 11962 Folkways RecordsFW 8728 

Anthology - Robin Dransfield, Brass Monkey, Nic Jones, Watersons, Cyril Tawney, Louis Killen, John Kirkpatrick et al.

Anthology of English Folk (5 CDs)2006 Deja VuDEJ5026

Louis Killen, Stan Hugill and the X Seamen.

Sea Songs1978 Folkways
[Reissue]2009 Folkways

Session recordings.

Robin WilliamsonAmerican Stonehenge (*)1978

(* playing concertina)



Last updated on 05/02/2011