Padraic Colum – Irish Rebel Poet

Padraic Colum (Columb) was born on 8th December, 1881, in a Longford workhouse where his father was employed. He was the eldest of seven siblings and when his father moved to the USA in 1889, having lost his job, to take part in the Colorado Gold Rush, Padraic and his family remained in Ireland. His […]

Dessie O’Halloran – Say You Love Me (Irish Trad)

Ireland has produced many great musicians over the years. Some are internationally recognised. Most are not. There are a lot of musical entertainers on Erin’s Green Isle who are household names in Ireland and few other places. One of these is Dessie O’Halloran, a singer and musician from the tiny island of Inisbofin (Island of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Long Balconies – A Lazarus Soul (Irish Folk)

Here’s a wonderful piece of street rhyme from working class Dublin band, A Lazarus Soul, relatively new to the wider music scene. The emotive lyrics speak of life in the tenement flats of inner city Dublin before they were demolished in an ongoing program of gentrification. Rose-tinted spectacles are all-too commonplace, and its certain that […]

A Rainy Night In Soho – Steo Wall (Hiberno-Irish Folk)

Recently, a poll was launched by RTE, the broadcaster for the Irish Free State, to find the ‘nation’s’ favourite folk song. Rebel Voice is unsure if the 1.8 million Irish people in the Occupied Six Counties (OSC) are considered part of the ‘nation’ by the Blueshirts who command RTE as insidious moves are underway to […]