Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thursday Thirteen 194: Irish Edition

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This week I present a bit of celtic music for your listening pleasure. Just click on any link to hear a song. Erin go Bragh!

1. Danny Boy by Anthony Kearns (There are hundreds of different versions of this popular standard, but I hope you enjoy this one.)
2. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Bing Crosby
3. The Last Rose of Summer by Méav Ni Mhaolchatha (of Celtic Woman)
4. Peg of My Heart by Charles Harrison
5. Isle of Inisfree by Órla Fallon (of Celtic Woman)
6. The Soft Goodbye by Celtic Woman
7. The Wearing O' The Green by Wolfe Tones (It was difficult finding a decent version of this one)
8. The Rose of Tralee by John McDermott (A poignantly beautiful song)
9. Sweet Rosie O'Grady by the Freddie Williams Barbershop Quartet
10. It's a Long Way to Tipperary by John McCormick
11. Dúlaman by Celtic Woman
12. Voyage by John McDermott (I absolutely love this one!)
13. Carrickfergus by Órla Fallon

And here's a bonus with a toast to all:
14. Whiskey in the Jar by The Irish Tenors (I wanted to post a version by local group The Kissers, but could not find it. Ah, well...)

LINKS TO OTHER THURSDAY THIRTEENS:(Please leave your link if this is your first visit!)
Maddy Barone * Shelley Munro * Jennifer Leeland
Alice Audrey * Adelle Laudan * Mercy * Colleen
Janice Seagraves * Jamie Babette * Mary Quast
Anthony North * Long & Short Reviews
CountryDew * Harriet * Darla M Sands * Paige Tyler
Janet * AlphaWoman * A Catherine Noon
Kimberly Menozzi * Xakara


Maddy Barone said...

I love Irish music. When i was in college I ws part of the MSU Heritage Dancers, and we did some Irish dancing. I miss that!

Shelley Munro said...

Quite a few of these are familiar songs. I remember the Commonwealth games in the boxing a few years ago now. An Irish boxer won the gold medal and they didn't have the Irish National anthem available to play. One of the officials sang Danny Boy without music. It was very moving, and I've never forgotten it.

Heather said...

Maddy: That sounds like it was a lot of fun, I can tell you enjoyed it.

Shelley: Oh, I bet there wasn't a dry eye in the stadium. What a special moment that must have been!

Mercy said...

Id have to say I think at least 99% of people know Danny Boy. Happy T13!

Adelle Laudan said...

What a nice reprieve from all the terrible happenings in the world. Thanks for that, and Happy St Patrick's Day.

Heather said...

Mercy: You could be right, LOL. It is one of the most popular and traditional songs of our time.

Adelle: You're welcome, I'm glad you liked!

anthonynorth said...

Some great songs there.

Long and Short Reviews said...

I was piddling around on YouTube this morning listening to some of these very songs!

Happy St. Patty's Day!

CountryDew said...

Aye, lass, the wee bit o' Irish in all o' us, eh? Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Oh. Wow.
You know, I never really got into the Celtic Women (not sure why) but OMG that rendition of "The Isle Of Innesfree" made me cry.
Probably because one of my Dad's favorite movies is "The Quiet Man" and I watch it every St. Paddy's Day.
These were AWESOME!

colleen said...

I like County Down, a traditional song that Van Morrison did, because it has my name in it "Colleen" and because my husband sang it to me at an open mic once.

I am Harriet said...

Excellent choices!

Enjoy your Thursday!

Darla M Sands said...

Thank you! These are great.

Paige Tyler said...

I have to admit I'm not into Irish music. Though I do like Tubthumping by Chumbawumba. They're Irish, so does that count?! LOL!


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Janet said...

great list and perfect for today! Happy St. Patrick's Day :-)

alphawoman said...

Loved this list and my Dad, who was a tnor, sang many of these songs. Was just at a St. Paddy Day parade and one of the floats had a band singing Whiskey in the jar. Love that song!!

Alice Audrey said...

I love the idea of Celtic Woman, but it's rare that I sit through a whole song.

Heather said...

Anthony: Thanks, and thanks for stopping by.

Long & Short: Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well!

Anita: Aye, so they say. *G*

Thanks, Jennifer: I'm glad you enjoyed that one, and hope it brought back good memories of your dad.

Heather said...

Colleen: I am not familiar with that one, will have to check it out!

Harriet: Thank you.

Darla: You're welcome, I'm glad you liked.

Paige: That's an awesome song, so yes, it definitely counts!

Heather said...

Thanks, Janet! *G*

AlphaWoman: The local group The Kissers usually appear on my fave local station on St Pat's Day and do "Whiskey in the Jar" live, but um...I slept through the early morning show today so missed hearing if they were on.

Alice: I have a couple of their CDs and was surprised that the men at work did not object to them yesterday. Today I'm listening to The Corrs.

A. Catherine Noon said...


Except, my dad looked at me funny when I asked, "Is that the Boston Keltics?" when he had the sports on.


Babette James said...

I love Dúlaman. I played a number of songs by Lúnasa for my 1st grade class today and they danced all over the classroom.

Xakara said...

Always love a musical edition! Some of these are familiar and I look forward to checking out the rest.

I have a free read this week as part of a larger bloghop. Let's pretend it's 13 Pages from an ongoing story. *wink* The grand prize for participating in the hop is a Kindle 3 and I wanted to make sure my regular T13 friends knew and had a shot at it. :)

Happy TT,

Free Read/Kindle 3 Contest

Maggie Nash said...

Great collection H

Being of Irish extraction, I can't help but love them all.

The man and I saw Celtic Woman when they came to Sydney last year. They were fantastic!


Kimberly Menozzi said...

Is it just me, or do the Irish have a particular affection for melancholy songs? Even some of the happy songs are actually sad!

Heather said...

Catherine: Thanks and LOL at your Keltics comment. *G*

Babette: I can imagine the little ones dancing to Celtic music--I bet they brought huge smiles to your day!

Xakara: Glad you liked. I'll be sure to check out your offering!

Heather said...

Maggie: I thought you might enjoy--I remember you mentioning the concert. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BTW! *vbg*

Kimberly: It does seem that way, doesn't it? LOL