Category: Songs

Fairytale of New York 0

Fairytale of New York

Why do we love Fairytale of New York We’ve sort of known it all along but now it’s official – Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacCall is the most popular...

Did Wild Rover have a raunchy English cousin? 0

Did Wild Rover have a raunchy English cousin?

One of the great fascinations with Irish folk songs is that they almost certainly went through numerous versions, towns and even countries before emerging in the form we know them today. The Wild Rover...

Is the Wild Rover an anti-drinking song? 0

Is the Wild Rover an anti-drinking song?

With St Patrick’s Day coming, thousands of Irish music fans will be polishing up the old vocal chords in readiness for a session of hard drinking and hearty singing. The Wild Rover will no...

The folk hero appeal of Whiskey in the Jar 0

The folk hero appeal of Whiskey in the Jar

Because of its title, Whiskey in the Jar is often seen as a drinking song, celebrating the wild life. That doesn’t really do it justice though. Whiskey in the Jar isn’t really about drinking...

Fields of Athenry – Irish song and football anthem 0

Fields of Athenry – Irish song and football anthem

Video of The Dubliners performing Fields of Athenry It’s strange how songs can suddenly develop a life of their own and go off in directions never expected by the people who wrote them. The...

How Raglan Road came to be written 0

How Raglan Road came to be written

The story behind the writing of a song can often be as interesting as the song itself. Raglan Road is a good example. It was written, of course, by Patrick Kavanagh, and given the...