The Friday Five: Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig!

Or, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! By the way, if you’re going to shorten it, it’s “St. Paddy,” not “St. Patty.” I hate to get fussy about it, but it was drilled into my head from an early age.

Anyhow, here’s a few Irish tunes for you.

The Minstrel Boy/Kelly, The Boy From Killane – My favorite of the bunch. In my piping days, when we would be successful in a piping competition, we’d play these as our march-off. Got under the skin of the English and Scots…

Speed The Plough – A reel, played on the fiddle by Stephanie Coleman with Fred Campeau on banjo. This was posted by Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune.

Rocky Road To Dublin – The Chieftains with The Rolling Stones, from the Chieftains’ 1995 album The Long Black Veil. An excellent album, by the way.

And a couple of sing-alongs:

Whiskey In The Jar – The Dubliners

The Unicorn – The Irish Rovers (Not actually an Irish tune; it was written by Shel Silverstein. But you’re bound to hear it if you’re in an Irish bar. It was a big hit for The Irish Rovers in 1967: #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #7 on the Hot 100, and #5 in Ireland.)

Have a good St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re out driving, be careful and don’t drink. Better yet, call a taxi.

That’s The Friday Five for March 17, 2017.

11 thoughts on “The Friday Five: Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig!

  1. Tonight we’ll be headed for Quarter Celtic ( to sample more of their excellent beer and classic Reuben, or maybe the Dublin Fish Sandwich.

    We used to try going to O’Neil’s Pub over on Central in Albuquerque, but unless you started drinking there at noon, you couldn’t get a table for dinner by six on St. Patrick’s Day.


  2. My favorite Paddy’s last name is Marleau, and he scores a lot of goals for the San Jose Sharks.


  3. Ah, The Unicorn Song. Now playing in my head.

    Thanks for the Paddy/Patty note. We have a small patio in the yard. It was built for my wife but adopted by our Irish Setter. We call it the Maddie Paddy

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  4. I can recall when “The Unicorn Song” hit the charts. It got a lot of play on the radio.

    Not much left over from my corned beef meal last night. My wife really liked the way the corned beef turned out and went back for a second helping. I didn’t even cook the cabbage since I had so many potatoes and carrots. Guess tonight we’ll have cabbage flavored with the bit o’ corned beef we have left.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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