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    Five Bands to Listen to on St. Patrick’s Day

    Five Bands to Listen to on St. Patrick’s Day

    Craic Agus Ceol (fun and music)

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you have a chance to celebrate the holiday today, you may want to add some music to the experience. I am a longtime fan of Irish music and I’m happy to provide a few recommendations.

    Ireland has produced great musicians in all genres but for the sake of this list, I’m going to focus in the traditional music of Ireland. Here are five solid choices in no particular order.

    The Chieftains

    This band has been around since the 1960’s and has played all over the world for various heads of state. I saw them live in Philadelphia years ago and they were amazing. This is a set they did with some friends at a pub which is owned by their flute player, Matt Molloy.

    This is one of their older classics called Away We Go Again.

    The Dubliners

    This is another group which got started in the 1960’s and is included on every list of greatest Irish folk bands. This classic tune is called The Rocky Road to Dublin.

    Here’s another classic called Whiskey in the Jar.


    This is a slightly more contemporary group which was formed in the 1990’s but still works in traditional arrangements and instruments. I saw them live once in Somerville, MA. They put on a great show. This song is called Bealtaine.

    This song is called Morning Nightcap.


    Clannad is a little different than the other bands on this list. This isn’t pub music but I wanted to include them for their use of the Irish language in their music. They have a truly unique and haunting sound. This song is called Caisleáin Óir.

    This is one of their better known songs which has actually been used in some commercials and films. It’s called the Theme from Harry’s Game.

    The Pogues

    No list of Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without The Pogues. This is the band you want to listen to tonight while enjoying a few pints. Here’s their classic song If I Should Fall From Grace With God.

    This is a classic called Streams of Whiskey.

    BONUS TRACK: This is a video taken flying over Ireland, soundtrack provided by the Bothy Band.

    Have a safe and happy holiday!

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    Ragspierre | March 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    St. Paddy’s day requires the watching of “The Silent Man”. It was Hollywood’s homage to Ireland, and was a great piece of time-capture.

    From my husband who has collected this kind of music for at least 40 years:

    “What, no Bothy Band? no Altan? I would replace the Chieftans and the Pogues.

    A faulty and incomplete list. The author is obviously misguided.”

    carolmcl | March 19, 2018 at 1:41 am

    If you haven’t given a listen to Lorena McKennitt out of Canada, do yourself a favor and listen.

    Also, in the San Diego/LA area there’s a local group: The Browne Sisters & George Kavanaugh who do Irish and Scottish folk, in a not-necessarily folk fashion.

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