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    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Indoors With These Classic Irish Tunes

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Indoors With These Classic Irish Tunes

    Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone.

    Your local pub may be closed, and you may be self-quarantining, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve compiled some Irish music videos below to get us started.

    Let’s begin with the Chieftains. They are widely credited with popularizing traditional Irish music. This video was shot at a pub which is owned by the band’s flute player, Matt Molloy.

    Here’s a classic recording of Finnegan’s Wake by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. The story told in the song is that Finnegan was mistaken for dead and wakes up at his wake when some whiskey lands in his mouth after being flung at a wall when a fight breaks out.

    Here’s Liam Clancy singing ‘I’m A Free Born Man Of The Travelling People.’ The Irish Travellers, as they’re known, are a nomadic society in Ireland with their own language, called ‘Shelta.’

    This is an old classic called ‘The Orange and the Green’ performed by the Grehan Sisters.

    In ‘Streams of Whiskey’ by The Pogues, lead singer Shane MacGowan describes meeting the Irish writer (and heavy drinker) Brendan Behan in a dream.

    This is another piece by the Chieftains called Casadh An Tsúgáin. It is sung in Irish Gaelic.

    If you’ve ever been in an Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a good chance you sang along with everyone else to ‘The Wild Rover.’ This version is by The Dubliners and includes lyrics so you can sing along today.

    Finally, here is a traditional song called ‘An Páistín Fionn’ sung in Irish and English by Niamh Parsons.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. If you have suggestions for other songs, you can always leave a comment.


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    raven397 | March 17, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Great music, Prof. Another great cd is Irish Heartbeat by the Chieftains and other greats. Sinead O’Conner does a great Foggy Foggy Dew on it.

      NavyMustang in reply to raven397. | March 17, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Irish Heartbeat is a great album, but Sinead is not on it. Strictly Van Morrison and the Chieftains.

      You’re thinking of The Long Black Veil I believe. And The Foggy Dew by her gives me chills every time I hear it, especially the lyrics “it is better to die under an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sud al Bar.”

      The same chills I felt when I stood against the wall where the heroes of the Rising were executed.

    John Sullivan | March 18, 2020 at 10:26 am

    “Whiskey in the Jar”, by a real Irish band…

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