Irish History in Song
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and like last year, I’ll be posting a series of entries capturing the historical context of Irish folk songs by heavily linking-up the lyrics of each song. I’ll keep this post updated with links to each post in the series.
Leading off this year is Lisdoonvarna, Christy Moore’s wonderful song about the music festival that graced that small Clare town in the late 70s and early 80s.
- 1 March: Lisdoonvarna
- 5 March: Shankill Butchers
- 7 March: Catalpa
- 10 March: Galtee Mountain Boy
- 12 March: Spancil Hill
- 12 March: Come To the Bower
- 15 March: The Irish Brigade
- 16 March: Boolavogue
- 16 March: Song of the Celts
- 16 March: Bold Thady Quill
- 17 March: The West’s Awake
- 17 March: You’ll Never Beat the Irish
Relatedly, The Parting
a resource page
for fans interested in the literary, historical, political, and
personal references found in the lyrics of The Pogues
and of the related projects of the band’s members.
Check it out!