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The folk hero appeal of Whiskey in the Jar

A Nip Against the Cold (oil on canvas) by Erskine Nicol 1869
A Nip Against the Cold

Because of its title, Whiskey in the Jar is often seen as a drinking song, celebrating the wild life.

That doesn’t really do it justice though. Whiskey in the Jar isn’t really about drinking at all; it’s about rebellion against authority and has a sub-plot involving betrayal by a lover.

When Ronan Met Burt

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Ronan Keating

Irish singer Ronan Keating and the legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach have released a video to promote their collaborative album, When Ronan Met Burt.

The album features the fomer Boyzone star singing some of Bacharach’s most famous songs such as I’ll Never Fall in Love Again and Make It Easy On Yourself.

The video features shots from the recording sessions and interviews with both men.

Bob Dylan tops the bill at Irish music festival

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan will top the bill at a new Irish music festival being held in London.

The London Feis will take place in Finsbury Park on 18th June. Booking Dylan is seen as a major coup for the new festival which says it will be an exclusive UK performance.

Singer Christy Moore backs forest campaign

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Christy Moore

Irish singer Christy Moore is backing the Save Ireland’s Forests Campaign.

The campaign, led Andrew St Ledger, fears that the national forests could be a risk if they are sold to a Swiss company and possibly other private investors.

Fields of Athenry – Irish song and football anthem

Video of The Dubliners performing Fields of Athenry

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Brian O’Driscoll

It’s strange how songs can suddenly develop a life of their own and go off in directions never expected by the people who wrote them.

The Fields of Athenry is a good example. When I first heard it back in the 1970s I thought it was a traditional song and couldn’t understand how it escaped my attention all those years that I’d been following Irish traditional music.