His version is still the one against which every other version is measured – his singing is subtle and sensitive, and his guitar playing is just brilliant. Here’s Paul performing the song live in 1977.
Planxty recorded the song on their album called simply, Planxty.
This video has Andy Irvine singing Arthur McBride at a solo concert, accompanying himself on guitar.
For an English take on the song, take a look at this live version by the brilliant Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.
Despite funerals being the saddest of occasions, they often produce wonderfully warm and life-affirming poems and blessings. The Irish have a great tradition for funeral poems and blessings. Find out more.