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I am Marc Gunn. I play Sci F'Irish music. I want to take you on an adventure. I'll share the stories behind my songs as we explore pop culture media through the lens of Irish & Celtic music. You will have fun and sing along, and maybe get a far too real glimpse of yourself.



Jun 9, 2020

Famous Irish Songs and an interview with Gerry O’Beirne in Dingle, Ireland on Show #208 of the Pub Songs Podcast.

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0:24 - SONG: “Irish Rover” from Going for Brogue

2:45 - WELCOME

-- Famous Irish Songs onshow #164
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-- Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics Updated: Come By the Hills, Reavers Malcolm Reavers, Tough Times, A Well-Dressed Hobbit, My Father Was a Werewolf, Green Grow the Rashes

7:30 - SONG: “Star of the County Down” from How America Saved Irish Music

12:51 - STORY: Interview with Gerry O’Beirne

31:37 - SONG: “The Last King of Feothanach” by Gerry O’Beirne from Swimming the Horses

35:20 - PUB CHAT (read and see videos at bottom of notes)

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42:23 - SONG: “Galway Shawl” from Unreleased


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50:57 - SONG: “Whiskey in the Jar” from St Patrick’s Day

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55:01 - SONG: “Black Velvet Band” from The Bridge

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> What are the top 5 most-famous Irish songs for you?

Kelley Durski:

1.) Kevin Barry (though that may be a Savannah thing)

2.) Molly Malone

3.) Wild Mountain Thyme

4.) Whiskey in a Jar

5.) Black Velvet Band

With honorable mentions to Beer Beer Beer, Fields of Athenry, Green Grows the Laurel, and A Stor mo Chro.

Joshua Ohmer: Most famous has to be Danny Boy, although it's not a favorite of mine. Then I'd say Whiskey in the Jar, Molly Malone... And if we can dip into modern Irish music, I'd say that The Cranberries' Zombie and probably something from U2, like Sunday Bloody Sunday should qualify as particularly famous Irish songs.

Janine Rinker: That's tough. I've only learned a few... Molly Mallone, Paddy Works on the Railway, a verse-ish of Danny Boy. I'd probably go with The Wild Rover and Whiskey in the Jar as the last two. I'd occasionally hear "They Kept the Pig in the Parlor" from my dad's family, but have to say that's an anti-Irish song.

Allan Marcotte: The Wild Colonial Boy, Bold Fenian Men, Whiskey in the Jar, Rising of the Moon and Brennan on the Moor

Matt Hughes: Wild Rover, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in the Jar, Finnegan's Wake and Molly Malone

> Celtfather Photo Series

Allan Marcotte

Celia Garland

Janine Rinker

Jenn Wallace