Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I thought I’d share some of my favorite Irish music – the real deal – this year. Altan and The Corrs are two of my favorite bands. Altan lead vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh sings most of the bands lyric-driven songs in Gaelíge, or Irish Gaelic.

Here’s Dulaman, which is actually a nonsensical children’s song about seaweed being gathered but is a fun song nonetheless:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP2jca0s-04]

My personal favorite, Donal Agus Morag (“Donal and Morag”), a song about two feuding families brought together by a wedding – with a HAPPY ending:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ja8Jvh-veA&feature=related]

Here’s The Corrs playing a traditional tune called Toss The Feathers:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfNvQ3_GS1Q&feature=related]

The Corrs again with Brid Og Ni Mhaille, a song about heartbreak and love lost:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCwckR_RYPU]

And one of my all-time favorites…Tim Finnegan’s Wake, performed by The Dubliners with the Clancy Brothers. Toward the end, the phrase “d’anam don diabhal” means “your soul to the devil” – it’s the Irish way of saying, “what the hell is wrong with you?!?”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6CHq9mXkJ8]

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there will be quite a bit of Uisce Beatha (“ISH-kay-BA-hah”, or whiskey) consumed tonight. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!