Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ireland and Irish music for ABC Wednesday

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.


  1. Yay can't help but dance with the music!
    ABC Wed.

  2. Thanks for the reminder to pull out my Chieftains for tomorrow. I've heard those first two songs.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. love the rousing Irish music you've chosen (much preferable to the mournful tunes.)

  4. Love Ireland and love Irish music.

  5. I have listened to and enjoyed your music - best wishes to you on St Patricks Day - have a good day

  6. Very interesting info!

    Invent and Create is my ABC, please come and see.

  7. My younger brother lived a few years in ireland but now he lives in Spain.

  8. Wishing you a Happy St Patrick's, Sláinte

  9. Great choice for I day! It's St Patrick's day tomorrow;o)
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    Happy St Patricks***

  10. Well, that was a fun post! I used to sing Marie's Wedding at school - and also play it on the recorder. Funny thing, I always thought it was Scottish!

  11. My feet are stepping to the music! My feet are definitely Irish on Saint Paddy's Day.

  12. Wow! I for Irish indeed! Thank you for a good taste of what the "I" should sound like! :-)

  13. He rises from the dead. What else could he do? - that cracked me up lol! Thanks for these Irish music. I enjoyed Finnegan very much :) Thanks for dropping by my nook. I appreciate it.

  14. How wonderfully entertaining!

    Thank you,