Norwegian choir give a new take on classic Irish tune

A Norwegian University choir has put a new twist on one of Ireland’s favourite songs.

Norwegian choir give a new take on classic Irish tune
The folk classic Rocky Road to Dublin was performed by the Trondhjems Studentersangforening, an 80-strong singing group, and they do a pretty good job with it.

Rocky Road to Dublin is one of the all-time great Irish folk tunes. It was an old traditional song, and no-one is exactly sure who wrote it. There is a strong case that the words came from a poem written by PJ McCall, but his work may well have been based on an even earlier version of the song. Rocky Road to Dublin is now a song that is a must-have in the repertoire of any credible Irish folk singer.

The performance by Trondhjems Studentersangforening provides a bit of a twist on the song, with a completely new way of performing it.

The choir was founded in 1910, and is mostly made up of members of the university. They perform regularly at student events and are known for their songs about the environment, but as this performance shows, are happy to take on something completely different.

Trondhjems Studentersangforening posted their Raglan Road rendition on YouTube last month, and it now has nearly 15,000 views.

Watch it yourself below. Read more about the fascinating history of Rocky Road to Dublin.

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Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish music bands are the Dropkick Murphys and the Pogues.

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