Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Music for St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day.
In celebration of the day, I've collected for your enjoyment some pieces and artists that I love.

The first is a beautiful acapella version of the Fields of Athenry.  From the YouTube description
"The Fields of Athenry" is a folk song about the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849), composed in the 1970s by Inchicore songwriter Pete St. John and first recorded by Irish ballad singer Danny Doyle. It tells the story of the famine through first-person narrative, recounting the tale of a prisoner who has been sentenced to being transported to Botany Bay, Australia, for stealing food to feed his starving family.

Alternate acapella version from the film Veronica Guerin
Alternate version from the Dubliners

Altan- Dougherty's Reels

Dirty Old Town (Christy Moore and Shane McGowan)link as embeding was disabled

Christy Moore- Delerium Tremens

Christy Moore- Black is the Color

The Pogues & Kirsty McColl Fairytale Of New York

Nice piece on the Irish Uilleann Pipes (aka Irish Bag pipes)

Muppets (Animal, Beaker, and Sweedish Chef)- Danny Boy

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