The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers both recorded what many people consider the definitive versions and it has also been covered by Loreena McKennitt, De Dannan, Orla Fallon, Loudon Wainwright, and Van Morrison with The Chieftains.
Pop stars Ronan Keating and Bryan Ferry have also recorded the song, and Joan Baez helped to make it popular in America. The Welsh singer Charlotte Church also recorded Carrickfergus when she was still a teenager, the words being sanitised to suit her tender years at the time.
Celtic Woman performing Carrickfergus.
Here’s Jim McCann with the Dubliners performing Carrickfergus.
Charlotte Church, when she was just 15, performing Carrickfergus.
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