"Crúiscín Lán" (anglicized "Cruiskeen Lawn") - a song about a man who love to drink. "Shake Hands with Your Uncle Dan" – written in the 19th century by, "Miss Brown" – a murder ballad from Dublin, "The Woman From Wexford" – the Irish version of ", "What Put the Blood" (also known as "What Brought the Blood?") "The Recruiting Sergeant" – song (to the tune of "The Peeler and the Goat") from the time of World War 1, popular among the Irish Volunteers of that period, written by Séamus O'Farrell in 1915, recorded by The Pogues. "Roll of Honour" – Republican song about the hunger strike of 1981 Written and performed by the Irish Brigade, "Rubber Bullets for the Ladies" – 1970s song about the, "The Winds Are Singing Freedom" – written by Tommy Makem, "The Hat My Father Wore" – written in the 19th century by, "Maggie" – also known as "Nora", modern words by, "Hot Asphalt" – song about Irish navvies in Britain. The songs are arranged by theme under two main categories of 'Politics and soldiering' and 'Non-political' and are not necessarily contemporary to the events to which they relate. Bring the Emerald Isle to you! An anti-British army recruiting song from the 1840s, beautifully rendered by Paul Brady. "Carraigdhoun" (also "Carraig Donn", "The Lament of the Irish Maiden") – song about the 1690s Wild Geese written by Denny Lane (1818–95) in the 1840s. "Road to Creeslough" – about the village in Donegal. Too Ra Loo Ral Irish Paradise Irish Rover Irish Soldier Boy Irish Soldier Laddie Irish Volunteer Irish Wedding Song (the) Irishman's Shanty Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears Isle of Innisfree Isn't It Grand Boys? "Kelly of Killanne" – ballad by P.J. "Rock on Rockall – also known as "You'll get F'All from Rockall" – a satirical song from the Wolfe Tones, about Rockall, an Irish island disputed by Britain, Denmark and Iceland. The Kerryman, Tralee, 1945. This song is about Grace Gifford, who married her husband hours before he was executed for his part in the 1916 Rising. “ A heartrending and lonely song. Luke Kelly hits it out of the park. "Master McGrath" – about the famous greyhound, "Nell Flaherty's Drake" – written (in Irish) by, "O'Rafferty's Motor Car" – recorded by Val Doonican. Phil Coulter’s beautiful paean to his son with Down Syndrome. "The Manchester Martyrs" – also called "The Smashing of the Van", song about the. All these songs have touched my heart at one time or another. "The Rose of Slievenamon" – Recorded by Joseph Locke. "Man of the Road" – Recorded by The Cafe Orchestra featuring singer Sinead Stone. Sam Henry's Songs of the People (University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, 1990), p 269. "The Mantle So Green" – also known as the Mantle of Green, a seminal broken token ballad. p. 605, Norah Saunders, 1988. 219–220. O'Sullivan, M. H. Gill & Son, LTD, Dublin, 1945. Written by Irish composer Michael Balfe from his opera “Bohemian girl. Written by Frank O’Meara in 1985. "The Inside Car" – a dainty song of infatuation from Wexford. my weeks wages left in the bar "I am Stretched on Your Grave". A haunting love song, She Moved Through the Fair is about a man's love for a woman he cannot marry because she is dead. The Irish for dead is féitheach. Listen to the a cappella version, including lyrics such as, "And that was the last that I saw of my dear," free at Ask About Ireland . "Single Again" – also known as I Wish I Was Single Again. "Ashtown Road" – a song about an ambush in Dublin in which an IRA Volunteer, "The Ballad of Michael Collins" – poetic ballad by, "The Boys of Kilmichael" – ballad about the, "The Boys of the County Cork" – written by Tom Murphy, "Dark Horse on the Wind" – poetic ballad by, "The Green Woods of Drumboe" – composed in 1974 by Eamonn Monaghan, "The Man from the Daily Mail" – song composed around 1918–19 mocking British media coverage of Ireland, to the air of "The Darlin' Girl from Clare", "The Merry Ploughboy" – written by Jeremiah Lynch to tune of "The Jolly Ploughboy". Written by folk singer Phil Colclough in 1982 -- beautifully rendered by Mary Black, it has become a classic. IV, p. 294, Down by the Glenside (The Bold Fenian Men), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQE3AS3Vzb0, https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/century-marching-to-a-different-tune-1.2190721, "Capercaillie – Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda", "Vaughan Williams Memorial Library – Welcome to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library", "CAIN Web Service – Extracts from 'Songs of Resistance 1969–1982", "Irish Songs With Chords – The Golden Jubilee", A Hidden Ulster; People, songs and traditions of Oriel, "Oskar Metzke, The Spy who should not have died", "County Tyrone Ireland – An Creagan Visitor Centre", "Unveiling ceremony speeches – Nickey Rackard Commemorative Statue", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Irish_ballads&oldid=985596226, Articles with dead external links from June 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2012, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "The Recruiting Sergeant" – song (to the tune of "The Peeler and the Goat") from the time of World War 1, popular among the, "The Saxon Shilling" – written by K. T. Buggy, 1840s, "Alasdair MacColla" – song dating from the 1640s about warrior, "The Woods of Trugh" – concerning Eoin Roe O'Neill, "On the green grassy slopes of the Boyne" – about the. Composed by Irish songwriter Dick Farrelly. Walton's, Dr. Mark F. Ryan,Fenian Memories, Edited by T.F. Songs may fit into more than one category, but where possible are grouped uniquely to where is most appropriate. But narrowing the endless, wonderful history of Irish music down to just ten songs? Did we leave your favorite Irish ballad out? and Lord it's a shame for to use a friend's name "Joseph Campbell: Poet & Nationalist 1879–1944, a Critical Biography", Stationers' Register, November 1639, under the title "The Souldier and his knapsack", B 10572 released by Rose Brennan in October 1953: "If you love me" / "The Whistling Gypsy". CHORUS It's A Great Day for the Irish … I'm weary of workin' and drinkin' Lucy, Seán, (ed). "Gibraltar 3" – song by Andy O'Donnell, performed by the Fianna, in memory of the, "Enniskillen – At The War Memorial" – song about the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing of 1987, "Fightin' Men of Crossmaglen" – about South Armagh republicans. "Bridget Donoghue" – written in the 19th century by, "The Boys from the County Armagh" – written by, "Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff" – by, "Daffodil Mulligan (Fresh Fish)" – written by, "Down by the Liffeyside (Fish and Chips)" – written by, "Dublin City in 1962" – written by musician and footballer, "Dublin in my Tears" – written by Dubliner, "The Dublin Saunter (Dublin Can Be Heaven)" – by. The Journal of the Folk Song Society, vol. "My Dublin Bay" – composed by May O'Higgins. Arcady featuring Frances Black does a haunting version. Let us know in the comments section below. each morning the Broadway is crowded The Green Flag - written by Young Irelander, "Gaol of Clonmel" (also known as the "Jail of Cluain Meala" (sung by Luke Kelly) and the "Convict of Clonmel") – translation by, "Bagenal Harvey's Farewell (Bagenal Harvey's Lament)" – song about rebel leader, "Ballyshannon Lane" – about a battle between rebels and, "Billy Byrne of Ballymanus" – about one of the leaders of the rebellion, "Boys of '98" – modern song written by New York band Shillelagh Law, "By Memory Inspired" – a tributary role-call of many of the rebel heroes who died in the rebellion, anonymous, recorded by Frank Harte, "General Munroe", "Henry Munroe", "General Munroe's Lamentation" and "Henry Joy" – all songs about the United Irish leader. So what are the ten greatest Irish ballads? A.L.Lloyd, Folksong in England (London, 1967), pp. Christy Moore and Planxty do a magnificent version. An Cumann Le Béaloideas Éireann/The Folklore of Ireland Society: O'Connor, Frank (trans). "The West's Awake" – written by Thomas Davis. The title translated to "a full jug". I weary of workin' and drinkin' Recorded by the McNulty family in the US and was a hit for P. J. Murrihy in Ireland. "Rafferty's Racin' Mare" – written by Percy French. Folk Songs and Ballads Popular in Ireland Vol. Civil War and post-Treaty Republicanism (1922-1969), The Spirit of the Nation: Ballads and Songs by the Writers of. "Erin Go Bragh" – about an emigrant Irishman's experience in Scotland, recorded by, "Goodbye Johnny Dear" – song made popular by, "Goodbye Mick (Leaving Tipperary)" – recorded by, "Green Fields of Gaoth Dobhair" – recorded by, "The Hills of Donegal" – written in 1900 by, "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" – written by Brendan Graham, about. and comes home to tell the tale "The Spinning Wheel" – written in the 19th century by, "Nancy Spain" – written by Barney Rush from Dublin, recorded by Christy Moore, "The Nightingale" – Irish version of a song dating from the 17th century (Laws P13), recorded by, "Noreen Bawn" – a song, written and composed by, "The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill" – written by, "The Rose of Inchicore" – written by Dublin singer/songwriter Mick Fitzgerald, "The Rose of Clare" ("Lovely Rose of Clare") – written by Chris Ball. "Dicey Riley" – a Dublin song about a woman who enjoys her little drop, with verses by Dominic Behan, "Whiskey You're The Devil" – a drinking song made popular by the, "The Colleen Rue" – translated from an Irish-language song "An Cailín Rua" (the red-haired girl), "The Curracloe Boat Crew" – a song from Wexford, "Old Arboe" – a song in praise of a spot near Lough Neagh in Co Tyrone", This page was last edited on 26 October 2020, at 20:47. "Let Erin Remember" – written by Thomas Moore. The songs listed here will make an incredible addition that will suit the musical preferences for anyone who prefers Irish music or songs that are commonly played at Irish funerals. Irish Funeral Songs to Remember . Christy Moore co-wrote with Donal Lunny and does a magnificent version. "Annaghdown" – recorded by Sinead Stone & Gerard Farrelly. on Friday there's friends by the score it's not the reason I left Mulingar in London you may never find The Dubliners, featuring Jim McCann, do a powerful version. "The Big Fellah", song about the life of Michael Collins, written by Larry Kirwan, in 1994 Album, "Home of the Brave" by Celtic Rock Group Black 47. Mercier Press. This London's a city of heartbreak "The Plains of Waterloo" – several songs by this name, "Welcome Napoleon to Erin" – recorded by Frank Harte.