Irish Music

Irish Music

Music is a powerful medium for sharing stories, feelings and experiences. It always has been, and it always will be. And part of what makes Ireland so undeniably unique is its distinctive sound that make such experiences come alive. From its traditional reminisces of the past, to the hard core standings of the present, Irish music has undoubtedly been transformed throughout the ages, yet it still maintains its original sound. You simply cannot help but lose yourself to the fiddle, the flutes and the bagpipes – it is my absolute favourite genre of music, and a big reason why I ended up here in the first place (thank you, Dropkick Murphys).

According to legend, when the fairies arrived in Ireland, they brought with them magical gifts: one of them being the great cauldron of the Dagda. The Dagda, known as the protector of the tribe and “the good god,” was the very first to have a harp in Ireland; it was made of oak and covered in decorations including a double-headed fish. The harp itself became the national emblem of Ireland, as it was at the social centre of civilization, and is featured frequently in Irish history and legends. It has even been said that the Irish concentrated so much of their musical ability into playing the harp that the development of music in this country was brought to a standstill in early days. The harp was used to sing of stories and famous events to Irish kings and chiefs, and today, is used as a symbol for government official duties.

Traditional Irish music, which features about 10 different instruments (including the harp), has evolved through oral transmission and serves as a link between the present and the past. Through emigration, the melodies of Ireland have reached the far corners of the world, and has greatly influenced modern day storytelling and music. Surely, we have all experienced variations borne from Ireland in today’s music industry; it can all be linked to many moments in Irish heritage.

While some enjoy the slow melodies of the traditional style, others enjoy the folk and rock variations of the most recent generations. Whichever floats your boat, with Paddy’s Day fast approaching, it’s vital to have a playlist of tunes to really set the mood for the deadly shenanigans you will undoubtedly get up to. Below is a featured playlist of songs that are great examples of Irish pub music as well as the distinctive influences that this style of music has had in modern day performances. This list features bands such as the Dubliners, Gaelic Storm, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and Great Big Sea. While they are certainly not all Irish-based bands, nor are they necessarily considered traditional folk style, they all bring a part of Ireland into their music. I believe that each and every one of these songs truly captures the riveting Irish-inspired tune that we all crave for Paddy’s Day, so I hope you all enjoy and keep bleeding green!

Paddy’s Day Pub Music from bandinthesky on 8tracks Radio.

  1. Cadence of Arms* by Dropkick Murphys
  2. Fields of Athenry* by Dropkick Murphys
  3. The Night Pat Murphy Died by Great Big Sea
  4. Drunken Lullabies by Flogging Molly
  5. Siobhan by The Tossers
  6. Heave Away by The Fables
  7. Drunken Sailor* by Blaggards
  8. I’ll Tell Me Ma* by The Young Dubliners
  9. The Irish Rover* by The Pogues and Dubliners
  10. An Irish Pub Song by The Rumjacks
  11. Going Out In Style by Dropkick Murphys
  12. Home For a Rest by Spirit of the West
  13. Whiskey in the Jar* by Shanneyganock
  14. No Loot, No Booze, No Fun by The Tossers
  15. The Ferryman* by Derek Ryan
  16. Devil’s Dance Floor by Flogging Molly
  17. Summer Nights by Irish Celtic Music
  18. Courtin’ In The Kitchen* by Gaelic Storm
  19. Green Ginger Wine by The Rumjacks
  20. It’s Friday by Dean Brody feat. Great Big Sea
  21. Light of a Fading Star by Flogging Molly
  22. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye* by The Irish Rovers
  23. Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced* by Dropkick Murphys
  24. The Hills of Connemara* by Gaelic Storm
  25. Scolding Wife by Great Big Sea
  26. Seven Drunken Nights* by The Dubliners
  27. If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues
  28. The Galway Girl* by Steve Earle
  29. The Boys of Belfast by The Irish Rovers
  30. Selfish Man by Flogging Molly
  31. Rocky Road to Dublin* by The Dubliners
  32. Sláinte by The Tossers
  33. Lanigan’s Ball* by Fiddler’s Green
  34. Darcy’s Donkey by Gaelic Storm
  35. The Wild Rover (No Nay Never)* by The Dubliners
  36. Caoin by The Irish Ramblers
  37. Dirty Old Town* by The Pogues
  38. The Black Velvet Band* by The High Kings
  39. The Night Visiting Song* by Luke Kelly
  40. Back Home in Derry* by Shebeen
  41. Let the People Sing* by the Malleys
  42. Raglan Road* by Sinead O’Connor
  43. Ireland Boys Hurrah by The Irish Rovers
  44. The Soldier’s Song (Irish National Anthem) by The Irish Ramblers

* For those of you looking to be truly authentic, those marked with an “*” indicate the songs that are most famous (culturally speaking) in Ireland, and which show a true connection to Irish history.

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