Bob Dylan and Neil Young Duet - Finally! - at Joint Tour Finale

Carla Harmon
July 16, 2019

Neil Young and Bob Dylan performed a co-headline show at Kilkenny's Nowlan Park on Sunday, just 48-hours after they played at London's Hyde Park.

The two performed a live duet of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken", a 1907 Christian hymn originally written by Ada R. Habershon with music by Charles H. Gabriel.

"Will The Circle be Unbroken" is a customary psalm that goes back to the mid twentieth century. "In 1935, it was recorded by Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter, which is likely the version that Dylan first heard", the report said.

Dylan's history with the song goes all the way back to his NY coffee house shows in the early '60s, though he recorded a famous version on the Basement Tapes sessions with the Band in 1967.

The last time Young and Dylan are believed to have sung together on stage was at New York's Roseland Ballroom in October 1994, when they were also joined by Bruce Springsteen for a pair of Dylan classics.

Young has also played "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" with Willie Nelson several times throughout his career.

Young is currently working on a new album with Crazy Horse which is expected to be released later this year, while Martin Scorsese's documentary Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story is available now on Netflix.

Young's part of the show was streamed on his Archives subscriber service, but that didn't mean that the duet was part of the broadcast: It came up 11 songs into Dylan's 20-number set.

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