Dublin City Ramblers’ top 5 St Patrick’s Day songs

Dublin City Ramblers' top 5 St Patrick’s Day songs

5. Raise The Roof

Written by The Swarbrigg Brothers, Tommy & Jimmy, it is the title track of one of our CDs. It tells how Irish music found its way from Ireland to the USA, Australia, all round the world, and back again. Always a hugely popular song in our set.

4. The Old Man

Written by Phil Coulter, it is a song that always touches the heartstrings. Beautiful words and melody, it is one of the showstoppers in our set.

3. The Flight of Earls

Written by Liam Reilly specially for us back in 1985, it is more relevant today than it was back then, with all the emigration that has taken place. We got our 7th Gold Album for this song, and it still remains an all time favourite.

2. The Ferryman

Also by Pete St John. Another song that was relevant to what was to happen down the line. Everywhere we sing this song, to this day, everybody knows the words.

1. Dublin In The Rare Auld Thyme

It was written specially for us by the great Irish songwriter, Pete St John, back in 1976, we recorded it in 1977, it was a huge hit for us, and we got our first Gold Album for it. It was also before its time, when you look at all the changes in Dublin since then.

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