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.
-Wikipedia:Copyrights

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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