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 […]

Carrickfergus – Loudon Wainwright III (Irish Folk)

Carrickfergus (Gaelic for The Rock of Fergus) is a coastal town in the Occupied Six Counties of Ireland. The origins of this particular song are subject to much speculation, but the melody is believed to be from a Gaelic song titled, “Do Bhí Bean Uasal” (There was a Noble Woman) which has been attributed to the […]

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 […]

Dublin City Sky – Fontaines DC (Irish Folk)

This is a new Dublin band with great promise. This fantastic hit of theirs has a Billy Bragg vibe to it which, in Rebel Voice‘s opinion, is no bad thing. It’s great to hear confident Irish bands emerge with no pretensions to be anything other than Irish. It’s enough. Éirinn abú! If you enjoyed this, […]

The Foggy Dew – Daoirí Farrell (Irish Rebel Song)

“As back through the glen I rode again And my heart with me fell sore For I parted then with valiant men Whom I never shall see ‘more But to and fro in my dreams I go And I kneel and pray for you For slavery fled a glorious dead When you fell in the […]

Luke Kelly – The Galway Races (Rousing Irish Ballad)

Here is an Irish ballad to get your spirits soaring. It speaks of the famous horse races at Galway that begin on the last Monday of July each year.  It’s there that fortunes are lost and few if any ever made. There are fine ladies galore and drinkers and thinkers and stinkers and creeps. There […]

Luke Kelly – The Molly Maguires (Miner’s Ballad Of Resistance)

The famed Molly Maguires were a 19th century secret society active in Ireland, Liverpool and parts of the Eastern USA. They were organised among the Irish emigres who worked in manual jobs and were perhaps best known as the rebellious coal miners of Pennsylvania. In 1877-88, violent resistance broke out in Pennsylvania between the Molly […]