Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya videos

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya was a massive success for the American folk-rock group The Dropkick Murphys who recorded it on their Meanest of Times album in 2007. They turn the song into an amazing wall of sound.

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya
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Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers performed the song at a celebratory dinner with President Kennedy in 1963. Here they introduce the song as the forerunner to the American song, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again.

Karan Casey recorded Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya on her Ships in the Forest album.

The English opera singer Benjamin Luxon explains songs like Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye are the reason he often turns to folk music. Here he performs a brilliant, heartfelt version of the song to the lone accompaniment of a banjo played by American folk singer Bill Crofut.

The Tossers recorded this hard, driving version, full of anger and emotion, but controlled and very effective.

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya
Dropkick Murphys version
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