Pretty much most people have some Irish heritage, so celebrate yours by doing what most Irish people like myself are doing today – drinking and singing Irish songs. Here’s a few tunes to get you started. You can’t really talk about Irish songs without mentioning the Pogues. In the 1980s The Pogues combined the lyricism of traditional Irish music with the energy of punk. I highly recommend their version of Dirty Old Town (or Dirty Ol’ Town), written by Ewan MacColl in 1949 and performed by many acts since including the Dubliners. The Pogues’ version can be found on their 1985 album Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. Here is another Pogues’ favourite of mine from that album, A Pair of Brown Eyes.
Other Irish groups worth sticking on the jukebox today are: The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, Thin Lizzy, Undertones, Dropkick Murphys, Stiff Little Fingers, Horslips, and Van Morrison. For anyone in London for Saint Patrick’s today, I recommend going to the Boogaloo in Archway with a night presented by Black Label Lungs and Cosmo House. Music comes from acts such as Conor Fahy, and Yan Yates. Below is a tune from Conor Fahy’s old band Small Horses. If you can’t make it tonight, Black Label Lungs run a regular folk & roots showcase from the Spiritual Caipirinha Bar in Camden Town. Here is an interview I did with one of the founders Raf Pesce for the Kentishtowner Magazine –