What do you get when you cross one of the world’s most loved tunes with a supergroup of talented Celtic singers? A stunning performance that is approaching 100 million views on YouTube. Celtic Woman sang the classic melody to a live theatre back in 2009 and the performance was so moving it is one of… Continue reading Celtic Woman sing Amazing Grace – even the angels are envious
Celtic Thunder’s haunting Christmas 1915 – so moving
Celtic Thunder’s Christmas 1915 beautifully evokes about one of the most moving, surreal and human moments of the 20th century. The song was written by Tommy Fleming and is based on the true story about the British, French and German soldiers during the First World War. More than quarter of a million Irish soldiers were… Continue reading Celtic Thunder’s haunting Christmas 1915 – so moving
Why is Fairytale of New York a Christmas song…a shot of reality
It’s a mystery to some people. Why is Fairytale of New York a Christmas song? Some even listen to the gravelly voice of MacGowan and wonder why it’s a popular song at all. Well, there’s no doubt it’s popular. We’ve sort of known it all along but now it’s official – Fairytale of New York… Continue reading Why is Fairytale of New York a Christmas song…a shot of reality
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 a good example. We’ve already looked at how it may have begun life as an anti-drinking song. Now I’m grateful… Continue reading Did Wild Rover have a raunchy English cousin?
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 doubt be near the top of the list – every year thousands of people belt it out enthusiastically in between sips… Continue reading Is the Wild Rover an anti-drinking song?