Stunning performance from two Irish legends

Finbar Furey and Christy Dignam perform 'The Green Fields of France'

Fans of traditional music got two legends for the price of one as they tuned in to watch the Late Late Show in January.

Host Ryan Tubridy was joined by both Finbar Furey and Christy Dignam of Aslan.

The pair treated the audience to a duet of ‘The Green Fields of France’ – a song about a soldier who died in the First World War.

Finbar had a huge hit with the song with the Fureys and Davey Arthur in the late 1970s. Their version of the song reached number one and remained in the Irish charts for several months.

On the Late Late Show, he sat on the sofa with an banjo and performed the duet – sharing the verses with Dignam.

Their performance went down a storm with the studio audience who gave the legends a rapturous applause as the song ended.

It has also proved a hit on social media with a clip of the performance going viral.

It’s not hard to see why.

Take a look at the video below.

The Green Fields of France is always an emotional song as it tells the story of fallen soldier during the First World War. The singer, sits at the graveside of the man and speculates as to how he died.

It is a sentiment that resonates with people all across the world, as most of us will know someone who has been affected by war.

The beautiful melody and poignant lyrics have made the Green Fields of France a favourite amongst folk singers for generations.

It has been recorded by numerous top bands including the likes of the High Kings and the Dropkick Murphys.

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By Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.