A tune composed by Paul Kavanagh of the Wexford folk group ‘McMurrough’ back in the mid 1970’s. It’s named in honour of the renowned Kilmore songstress Liz Jeffries (pronouned Jeffers locally) who was the source for some of McMurrough’s songs on their LPs of the time. Liz Jeffries was the subject of much academic study at that time in early ethnomusicology. She was considered to be the last person who could correctly pronounce and say various ‘Yola’ dialect words and phrases that survived in the English spoken in South Wexford.
The group McMurrough were quite successful in the mid 1970s, first as a three piece group (Shades of McMurrough) and later as husband and wife Paul and Mary Kavanagh (McMurrough) who made an album for Polydor.
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