Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Beannachtí na Fáile Pádraig!

When I was about 15 or 16, I went to my first house party not thrown by my parents or their friends (i.e. someone's parents were out of town for the weekend). I looked around before leaning over to my friend and asking "where are the musicians?"


Apparently, everyone bringing their instruments wasn't how most West Coasters remember parties growing up. Pity, really. It's a fantastic way to spend a night. I have fond memories of guitars, accordions, banjos, fiddles, even a harp, and various percussion instruments huddling around the piano and providing a good portion of the night's entertainment. (Apparently, these are called kitchen parties on the East Coast so obviously I have to find myself out that way some day.)

For St. Patrick's Day, I figured I'd post a few of my favourite Irish songs from my childhood. (This excludes songs I have previously posted here... that was challenging!)

Ronnie Drew, The Auld Triangle

Christy Moore, Black is the Colour

The Fureys, When You Were Sweet Sixteen

Paddy Reilly, Dublin Saunter

The Clancy Brothers, Mountain Dew

The Dubliners, I'm a Rover

The Dubliners, The Fields of Athenry

From the red booted me of yesteryear stomping around the wilds of Donegal, I wish you and yours a wonderful and happy St. Patrick's Day.

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