“Sad family, the Behans,” says Stan Kelly. “I’ve got a picture of Brendan asleep during a rehearsal of Dominic's play Posterity Be Damned. Bert Lloyd did a one-line review of it: ‘Nothing to declare’. It’s sad because Dominic had at least one success, and it was called The Ballad of Christ the Worker. Does that ring a bell? It’s lost. BBC seem to have destroyed all reference to it. I played St Peter, and Judy Collins played the Virgin Mary, which Dominic thought was very appropriate.”
“What, the American folk singer, Judy Collins?”
“Oh, Shirley, sorry. I always mix them up. I owe a lot to both of them. I owe more to Judy than Shirley, I think, because Judy’s version of ‘Liverpool Lullaby’ was very up in the hit parade.”
Judy Collins sang ‘Liverpool Lullaby’ on her 1966 album, In My Life, which, along with the Lennon-McCartney title track, included ‘La Colombe’ and ‘Pirate Jenny’.
“Yes, In My Life. A good place to be. Whenever I get some money from that LP I know that the Beatles estate and Jacques Brel and Bertold Brecht are all getting an equal amount. And I think, lucky sods.”
Stan’s slip is only momentary. After all, who could forget Shirley Collins in her bloom?
“When Shirley and I were playing together a lot, we did a joint concert at Cecil Sharp House, and I still remember her joke was, ‘Stan and I epitomise the word incompatibility. He’s got the income, and I’ve got the patibility.’ That’s very good.”