24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 14: “A Nation Once Again”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour.

14. “A Nation Once Again” by The Wolfe Tones

Irish voters once gamed a BBC poll to get this declared the world’s most popular song.  It’s certainly stirring, and I always liked it as a kid when my folks were fans of the Wolfe Tones, although I find the band’s political extremism off-putting these days.

 

 

24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 11: “I’m Shipping Up to Boston”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour.

11. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys

I’m not a fan of Dropkick Murphys but I make an exception for this song because 1) the lyrics are by Woody Guthrie, 2) it’s about Boston, and 3) it’s fun when they play it Fenway Park.

24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 6: “Whistling Gypsy” by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour.

6. “The Whistling Gypsy” by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem

I’m trying not to repeat artists, but it’s nearly impossible to settle on one song from The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.  This one will have to do though since it is one of my all-time favorites that I’ve used as an audition song and as a lullaby.