Killen's family background is predominantly Irish: her paternal great-grandfather brought the family from County Mayo to the banks of the River Tyne in 1852. Her grandfather married a Scotswoman and her father an Irishwoman. Though her ancestry is largely Celtic, being a native Tynesider strongly affected her approach to music. Tyneside is an area that absorbs other cultures and converts them into its own - even after thirty-five years living in the USA, Killen's speaking accent still denoted her roots.
The mixture of Irish, Scots and English living in the coal-mining and industrial region known to the ancients as Northumbria set it apart from the rest of England, pulling into it the musical traditions of all three countries while maintaining its own distinct musical style. Killen drew on all four traditions to bring a wide range of folk music to her audiences. To these four is added the Anglo-American tradition of deep-water shantying and sailor ballads common to both nations. Louisa Jo's first-hand experience working aboard brigs, brigantines, schooners and sloops in the late '60s and early '70s put her in the forefront of the current revival of maritime music on both sides of the Atlantic. In a career spanning over forty years, with more than thirty-five albums/CDs to his credit, Killen's influence as a performer, teacher and inspiration to others was unparalleled.
Over forty recordings spanning most of the latter part of the 20th Century. Louisa Jo was a living folk legend. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Killen http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/aug/19/louis-killen Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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