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Jonathan Ramsey

Jonathan Ramsey


One-Man Folk Band Jonathan Ramsey brings his wild ride of sly, Irish-American life through song to his upcoming release.


Jonathan Ramsey combines the playful Irish raconteur with the introspective folk singer. Jonathan’s takes on unrequited love, comeuppance and underdogs, shipwrecks, general mayhem, and marital bliss —or lack thereof- with a bit of ironic humor and a dash of sensitivity. A one-man band —emphasis on “band”- he at once sings, plays a counter-melody and rhythm on the guitar, while stomping out a close drum and tambourine beat on a large wooden box.


Jonathan finds inspiration from the likes of his own granddad —Eddie- and his early musical teachers in primary and secondary school, as well as Christy Moore, Joni Mitchell, Mike Waterson, and Billy Bragg. Bill Grady (KMBZ, Kansas City, MO) said of him at the 2017 Kansas City Irish Festival, “Jonathan is an Irish tenor in the classic sense, but with a unique clarity, similar to John Denver.” Indeed, Jonathan is heavily influenced by Denver’s ability to keep a song interesting with just an easy, clear voice and a lone guitar.


On-stage and on his most recent releases, Jonathan rises from the love/hate relationship with one’s hometown in Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” to the hellish consequences of drink in “Nightmare No. 64”, then back to some of his mother's favorite songs, like the story of love lost in “Maid of Cuil Moir”. “I love the straightforward clarity of a story song.”, says Jonathan. Surely, Mike Waterson’s “A Stitch in Time”, the true tale of a woman stuck with an abusive husband who turns him round with the help of a few heavy kitchen implements, is one of these songs.


If you’re ready for some driving songs of love, hate, mayhem, and the occasional murder or shipwreck, you need to check out Jonathan Ramsey.


song list

Bonny Ship the Diamond (Scottish)

P Stands for Paddy

Parting Glass

Maid of Cúil Mór

Lanigan's Ball

Hot Asphalt

MacAlpine's Fusiliers (Dominic Behan)

Maid Gone to Comber

Crack was 90 (Barney Rushe)

Take Her in Your Arms (Andy M Stewart)

Whiskey in the Jar

Stitch in Time

Dirty Old Town (Ewan McColl)

Fyvie-O (AKA Bonnie Maid of Fife)

Irish Rover

Step It Out, Mary

Quare Bungle Rye

Johnny Jump Up

Black is the Colour

Seventeen on Sunday

Star of the County Down

Courting in the Kitchen

Good Ship Calabar

Man You Don’t Meet Every Day

Night that Paddy Murphy Died

Charley Mopps

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor

Holy Ground

Leaving of Liverpool

Black Velvet Band

Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye

Rocky Road to Dublin/Route 66

Raggle Taggle Gypsy

Silver Handles

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers)

I’ll Tell Me Ma

Hills of Connemara

Mrs McGrath

Big Strong Man

Finnegan’s Wake

Red Haired Mary

William Bloat

Seven Drunken Nights

Arthur McBride

Roddy McCorley

Rising of the Moon

Foggy Dew (Revolutionary)

Black and Tans

Back Home in Derry (Bobby Sands)

Wellie Races (Jonathan Ramsey)

Nightmare No 64 (Jonathan Ramsey)

Fields of Athenry (Pete Saint John)

Morning Glory

Follow Me Up To Carlow

Do You Love an Apple?

Jack Haggerty

She Moved Through the Fair

Spancil Hill

Tipping It Up to Nancy

Poor Paddy

South Australia

Wild Colonial Boy

Old Dun Cow (Harry Wincott)

On Raglan Road (Patrick Kavanaugh)

No Man’s Land (Eric Bogle)

Drunken Lullabies (Flogging Molly)

Worst Day Since Yesterday (Flogging Molly)

Galway Girl (Steve Earle)

Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzle)

Purple Rain (Prince)

Cornflake Girl (Tori Amos)

Peaceful Easy Feeling (Eagles)

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

I’m a Believer (Neil Diamond)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Beatles/George Harrison)

Dear Prudence (Beatles/Lennon/McCartney)

Norwegian Wood (Beatles/Lennon/McCartney)

Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash/Merle)

Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)

Fire (Bruce Springsteen)

Milky Way (The Church)

You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)

Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver)

Poor Pitiful Me (Warren Zevon)

Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)

Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones)

Creep (Radiohead)

Lawyers, Guns, and Money (Warren Zevon)

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