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.