Indulge me, please! It is but an instant before THE celebration and the imbibing of certain liquids called whiskey in Gaelic (translated, the water of life) can be initiated. And I invite you to include Irish music in your day-- dance and sing!
A few of my favorites:
First, the incomparable Sinead O'Connor and The Chieftains sing the Foggy Dew about the Irish Easter Rebellion of 1916.
Second, at my father's wake, we danced jigs and sang this song several times -- Van Morrison sings Marie's Wedding live in Scotland in 1988, but you can find it also on the Irish Heartbeat from The Chieftains and Van Morrison.
And from the same Irish Heartbeat album, the Star of the County Down
And from the group who brought Irish music to America in the 1960's, here are the Clancy Brothers singing Finnegan's Wake, a particular favorite of mine, the source of James Joyce's title of the same name.