Ah, St. Patrick’s Day! A great holiday if you enjoy the color green or cultural appropriation (at least here in the states), and a favorite time of year for celebrating all things Irish, especially Irish music. Of course, I’m a huge fan of Irish music (you may have already noticed this) but most of the time on March 17th we see a lot of the usual loud, traditional-esque, or Irish punk type songs ranging from every cover you’ve ever heard of “Danny Boy” and the entire discographies of The Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly. Which is fine, if you’re into that. But me? I like the folksy, understated, lyrical stories told by a whole different set of Irish musicians, so I wanted to share some with you today!
I’ve linked the playlist on Spotify below, but I encourage you to check out the individual artists and look them up, and check out some of their songs. Each has their own style, but all of the ones I’m sharing today are all of a similar genre and most have all played together at some time or another.
Without further ado, I give you my go-to Irish playlist. If you enjoy any of these songs and feel like supporting this blog, please feel free to use the iTunes links with each track which automatically gives a small portion of your purchase to the blog at no extra cost to you.
1. “I Remember” – Damien Rice (iTunes)
2. “My Lagan Love” – Lisa Hannigan & The Chieftains (iTunes)
3. “Time Will Tell (Neosfaidh An Aimsir)” – Colm Mac Con Iomaire (iTunes)
4. “Home” – Lisa Hannigan (iTunes)
5. “High Hope” – Glen Hansard (iTunes)
6. “Bird in a Cage” – The Lost Brothers (iTunes)
7. “Pavement Tune” – The Frames (iTunes)
8. “Talking With The Wolves” – Glen Hansard (iTunes)
9. “Not Now Warden” – The Lost Brothers (iTunes)
10. “Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy” – The Swell Season (iTunes)
11. “Cheers Darlin'” – Damien Rice (iTunes)
12. “Leave” – The Swell Season (iTunes)
13. “Fitzcarraldo” – The Frames (iTunes)
14. “The Auld Triangle (Traditional)” – The Swell Season & Friends (iTunes)
15. “Heyday” – Mic Christopher (iTunes)
Do you have a favorite song by an Irish artist? Be sure to share it in the comments!