St. Patrick’s Day – 2015 with music

Blue sky, white barn
Blue sky, white barn

Nothing green is out yet, but the blue sky and warm weather are making it feel like spring. Soon, my friends, soon there will be green shoots and early flowers.


It’s time to wear something green, drink green beer (if you are so inclined), and listen to Irish music. Guess what? I’m suggesting some Irish songs for you to hear, and I’m supplying URLs for the songs.

If you think that I’m going to include Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, or Tura Lura Lura by James Shannon, you are wrong. That song was written in the U.S. for a Broadway musical. If you Google it, you’ll get all types of references to Van Morrison and The Band playing it in the movie The Last Waltz. Go and find it on YouTube if you wish.

The first song that I’m recommending is Molly Malone by the Dubliners. I learned this song when I was a boy. It is one of my favorites. Feel free to sing along.

There is an Irish band from the U.S., Solas, that is excellent. Here is the URL for their version of The Wind That Shakes The Barley.

I came to enjoy listening to Clannad years ago. Here is Tá Mé ‘mo Shuí I could listen to this type of music all day, most days. I wish I knew what the lyrics meant. I shouldn’t ask for that because I might not like the lyrics and it would ruin the song for me. Ignorance is bliss.

Finally there is Brennan On The Moor, one of my favorite songs by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. They were the first Irish group that I listened to back in the 1960’s. You can find a version by them on YouTube from that era, but the sound quality isn’t as good.

There are many other bands on CD and YouTube who are worth listening to, such a The Chieftains. If you don’t like beer, at least try the music.