The world of music tilted on its axis last Friday when Abba released their first new album in forty years and Irish fans are particularly taken with one new song by the Swedish supergroup which mentions Kilkenny.

When You Danced With Me, the second track on the band's new album Voyage, is an Irish folk song complete with pipes and accordion and it tells the tale of a jilted lover being left behind in the Marble City.

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Irish fans have singled out the song, which may be the most surreal piece of place name dropping since Abba mentioned Glasgow in Super Trouper.

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Speaking about When You Danced With Me, Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus (76) has now revealed that the song was indeed inspired by a visit to Kilkenny with his family, wife Lena Källersjö, whom he married in 1981, and their two children, in the nineties.

"I drove around the coast from Limerick to Dublin with my family in the 90s and we stopped in Kilkenny. It was beautiful and very romantic, I thought. Castle, churches and the surroundings, County Kilkenny with its little, charming villages.

"It has stayed with me. We drove through Cork as well and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that city but try to replace Kilkenny with Cork in When You Danced With Me!"

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Abba only played Ireland once, performing at the RDS in November, 1978 but the band have long been fans of Irish music and sang Danny Boy at their Dublin gig.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment in 2018 for the release of Mamma Mia Here I Go Again, Benny Andersson of the band said, "It felt good to be in Ireland and we opened the show with me playing a Swedish folk tune on my GX-1 Yamaha keyboard and that felt especially good in Ireland because it connects, Irish folk music, Swedish folk music."

"I remember some of the people in the crew weren't that sober that night during the performance, that’s what I remember. Someone came on playing the accordion in the middle of the song."

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"We toured very little," said Ulvaeus. "I think we did Dublin after Glasgow and funnily enough the other day when I looked at Trump and his golf course in Scotland, there was a picture of that building, the clubhouse and that's where we stayed with ABBA on tour before we went by helicopter over to Dublin and hence that lyric `when I called you last night from Glasgow' on Super Trouper."

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Speaking about their comeback, the band have said, "It’s been a while since we made music together. Almost 40 years, actually. We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it. They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to The Visitors.

"To tell the truth, the main inspiration to record again comes from our involvement in creating the strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of. We’re going to be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs on a stage in a custom-built arena in London next spring. Weird and wonderful!"

Abba will perform digitally with a live 10-piece band, in a purpose-built 'ABBA arena’ at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London from 27th May 2022.