Fairport Convention – She Moved Through The Fair (Folk)

This magical Irish folk song is of unknown origin, but with its earliest incarnations to be found in Tír Chonaill. It has a melody said by some to have Oriental influences, but this may be coincidental. It tells of a young man who speaks of his fiance with awe as she travels through places in […]

The Sun Is Burning – Luke Kelly (Ian Campbell Song)

This haunting song was composed and written by Scottish folk singer, Ian Campbell, and first released in 1963 but made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, who included it on their first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., one year later. It tells of the horrors of a nuclear blast and was written at a time when the […]

Altan – Maggie’s Pancakes (Irish Traditional)

Here’s a hit from the maestros of Irish music, Altan, from beautiful Tír Chonaill. This version of Maggie’s Pancakes is sure to get your feet tapping, probably enough to wear out the soles on your shoes. Altan are an Irish institution still encouraging audiences to kick up their heels after decades of success. Their longevity […]

Predator Alien Heard In Irish Woods?

The following brief video contains audio of a strange noise that was emanating from a forest on the slopes of the Mourne Mountains In Ireland. The walker (not a zombie) who recorded it is familiar with the sounds that trees can make when rubbing together, which can somewhat resemble the noise made by the Predator […]

Aslan – Crazy World (Irish Rock)

Here’s the biggest hit by one of Ireland’s favourite bands, Aslan, who were formed in 1982 and have 6 studio albums to date. Their name is taken from the lion in the C.S. Lewis series, The Chronicles of Narnia (Aslan is Turkish for lion, and Narnia is what Donald Trump calls his wife’s vagina (only joking about […]

Desperado – Stella Bass (Americano Cover)

The Eagles must rank as one of the greatest musical acts of all time. Their back catalogue is sensational. Standards such as Hotel California, Take it to The Limit, Tequila Sunrise and New Kid In Town can be heard across the world as fans try to emulate their Americano heroes. One of the most poignant […]

Thomas Davis Poem – My Land

Originally posted on Rebel Voice:
Thomas Davis was an Irish Republican of the 19th century. He is widely regarded as the Bard of Republicanism. My Land She is a rich and rare land; Oh! she’s a fresh and fair land; She is a dear and rare land This native land of mine. No men than…

Dropkick Murphys – Rose Tattoo (Irish Trad Rock)

This rockin’ band of loons hails from the Boston area and has been thrilling audiences for decades with their high octane blend of punk rock and Irish music. They followed in the footsteps of fellow Irish-American supergroup, Black 47, but stand on their own reputation which is considerable. The line-up has changed over the years […]

An Irishman’s Diary – Day 3

The weather in Ireland can be as changeable as a three-year-old’s favourite colour. We can get four seasons in a day and it plays havoc with the wardrobe. Summer is an especially crazy time. Chilly in the morning, then warm to the point of t-shirts and shorts. It might rain then with torrential determination before […]

Altan – Dúlaman (Irish Traditional)

Altan are primarily a Tír Chonaill (Donegal) band with one of the founders, Frankie Kennedy, hailing from Béal Feirste (Belfast). They are a traditional music group but with great versatility. Although first started in 1987, Altan are still going strong. Their latest album, The Gap of Dreams was released in 2018. Rebel Voice is a […]