Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone!!
In honour of the day, I wanted to talk about something that Ireland is renowned for the world over – music. Ireland has given the world such musical talent as U2, The Script, Westlife (and through Louis Walsh, we’ve also unleashed Jedward on the world. Still apologising for that).
But for all the well-known Irish acts, there are still heaps that aren’t widely know outside of Ireland. So here are some of my favourite Irish songs you may never have heard of:
Arclight by The Fat Lady Sings. A great song, pure and simple.
Friends in Time by The Golden Horde. (And yes, Ronan Keating covered this. His version, much like is cover of Fairy Tale of New York, is an abomination of which we Do Not Speak.) And this video opens with the late great Larry Gogan, who was a great supporter of irish music over the years.
Red Cortina by The Saw Doctors. To say that Irish music snobs hate The Saw Doctors is putting it mildly. But you can’t get away from the fact they write some great songs, and Red Cortina is just gorgeous. This acapella version is just beautiful.
Caledonia by Dolores Keane, and covered by many….. Just a gorgeous, haunting song.
Mary by The Four of Us. This song was huge when I was in my first year of secondary school. Even now, I still know all the words!
Fake by The Frames. Between being “Outspan” in The Commitments and winning Oscars in Once, Glen Hansard was frontman of The Frames. Amazingly enough considering their success and critcal acclaim over the 90’s, Fake was their first Irish number one in 2002.
I could literally be here all day coming up with songs for this (and believe me when I say I had so much fun on YouTube finding the videos for this!!) so I’m going to end it there! Ever heard of any of these songs?