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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wild Rover

Ah... "Wild Rover"! I know some people who hate this song because it seems like one of the most-popular Irish drinking songs ever. The chorus is simple, and there's a nice clapping part in it which adds to that interactivity that goes so well with Irish drinking songs. Personally, I love the song. The only real problem with me is that after I wrote "Wild Kitty"for Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers, I kept screwing up the original lyrics in favor of the cat version. But here it is in it's simplest form without the meowing.
"Wild Rover"
Listen: LoFi
Recorded by Marc Gunn
Read Lyrics: "Wild Rover" Lyrics
From: Irish Drinking Songs

Download MP3: 128 kbps
Buy MP3 for 99¢: 192 kbps
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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
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17 Free St. Patrick's Day MP3s for 2009

Every year for St. Patrick's Day, I compile a new list of St Patrick's Day MP3 downloads that are 100% free and legal. Many of these artists are played regularly in the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. And ALL of these artists were generous enough to offer their music for a brand compilation CD entitled the Best of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

This compilation CD benefits the podcast as well as a Celtic non-profit. I've donated over $6,000 to Celtic non-profits around the United States. So when you buy a CD, you support both this podcast and your fellow Celts.

But please don't stop there!

The main point of this compilation and these free MP3s is to help promote independent Celtic music. If you find an artist that you really love on this compilation, then head over to the artist website, drop them an email to let them know you found them through the CD. Then buy their CD.

While you're at it, if you want to find out what it's like getting an annual subscription to Song Henge, you'll get a good idea when you download this free zip file of 17 Free St Patrick's Day MP3s for 2009.

Download "17 Celtic Music Downloads
for St. Patrick's Day
" (64 MB)
(p.s. these MP3s will only be up for a month, so download them soon)


17 Free Irish & Celtic Music Downloads for St. Patrick's Day
  1. "Sweeney's Buttermilk" by FIMM
    from Roiboos e Disappunti

  2. "The Whiskey Never Lies" (Burns, ASCAP) by Sligo Rags
    from The Whiskey Never Lies

  3. "The Girls Set" by Banshee in the Kitchen
    from Live at Painted Sky

  4. "Star of the County Down"
    by Jed Marum with Hugh Morrison and Mason Brown
    from Sands of Aberdeen

  5. "Hot Days" (Siegl/Brabec/Trad.) by Poitin
    from Hot Days

  6. "Chi Mi Na Morbheanna/Sleepy Maggie" by MacTalla Mor
    from The New Colossus

  7. "Almost Irish" (Halloran) by Ceann
    from Almost Irish

  8. "Considine's Grove" by Anne Roos
    from A Light in the Forest

  9. "Boys Of Tandragee/Tuesday Morning/Checkered Blanket" (Trad./Lewin-Tiarks) by Athas
    from Athas

  10. "Ye Jacobites By Name" (Burns) by Beth Patterson
    from Hybrid Vigor

  11. "Loch Lomond" by Jesse Ferguson
    from Old New Songs

  12. "The Mason's Apron" by Rattle the Boards
    from The Parish Platform

  13. "Jig Jag" by Jamie Laval and Ashley Broder
    from Zephyr in the Confetti Factory

  14. "Rocks of Bawn" by Maidens IV
    from Emerald Fire

  15. "Auld Triangle" (Behan) by Patrick's Head
    from Arse Biscuits

  16. "Ormond Sound/Liberty Joe's/Broken" (O'Brien/Hurley/Trad.)
    by Pitch the Peat
    from Far From Home

  17. "Wild Mountain Thyme" (McPeake) by Marc Gunn
    from Slainte!

Well, I hope you have a brilliant St. Patrick's Day. Drink responsibly and Slainte!


Marc Gunn is an Irish and Scottish folk singer with a strange affinity for Celtic ballads, drinking songs and cats. He is also Celtic music podcaster and promoters as well as publisher of Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Gypsy Rover

One of the first songs I ever learned at faire was "Gypsy Rover". I heard another musician at Excalibur Fantasy Faire sing the song and vaguely remembered the chorus. "Ah di do ah di do dai day". That night, I went home and looked up the lyrics on the net. I printed them out and started memorizing. It wasn't until a year later though that I realized I pronounced the "Ah do DOH" different than others. But that's folk music for you.

The song is a popular Childe Ballad and when I started thinking of songs to parody for my Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers CD. I thought this one would be great one to base on Johnny Cash's song, "A Boy Named Sue". So I wrote "A Cat Named Rover".
"Gypsy Rover"
Listen: LoFi
Recorded by Marc Gunn
Read Lyrics: "Gypsy Rover" Lyrics
From: Irish Drinking Songs

Download MP3: 128 kbps
Buy MP3 for 99¢: 192 kbps
Donation: Make a Donation
Subscribe: http://www.irish-song-lyrics.com/podcast.rss
Visit MP3 Store: Buy Irish MP3s
Want to see Marc Gunn perform?

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Find some great St. Patrick's Day music at the Celtic Music CD Store or check out Marc Gunn, Celtic American Musician.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Patriot Game

This song was written by Dominic Behan, brother of Brendan. It tells the story of Fergal O'Hanlon from Ballybay, Co Monaghan, who tried to abolish the border between the Six Counties and the Republic. He was killed during the Brookborough attack at the age of 17. The song has become world famous. Undoubtedly one of the best ballads ever to come out of the Irish struggles.

During our first year together, we were introduced to a wide variety of music. One of the first tapes someone lent me was a tape of I.R.B. tunes. Well the very first task we had to figure out was what I.R.B. stood for? Irish Republican Brotherhood. The Irish Republican Brotherhood was formed on Saint Patrick's Day in 1858. It was an underground organization designed to remove the English from Ireland.

The song was recorded by numerous artists including Bob Dylan and the Kingston Trio. Our version came from the aforementioned I.R.B. compilation. I think it may have been the Wolfe Tones who sang it, but I'm not sure. In any case, it was the first rebel song we learned, and still one of our most popular.
"Patriot Game"
Listen: LoFi
Recorded by Marc Gunn
Read Lyrics: "Patriot Game" Lyrics
From: Irish Drinking Songs

Download MP3: 128 kbps
Buy MP3 for 99¢: 192 kbps
Donation: Make a Donation
Subscribe: http://www.irish-song-lyrics.com/podcast.rss
Visit MP3 Store: Buy Irish MP3s
Want to see Marc Gunn perform?
Released under a Creative Commons Noncommercial ShareAlike License

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Find some great St. Patrick's Day music at the Celtic Music CD Store or check out Marc Gunn, Celtic American Musician.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
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Celebrating St Patrick's Day

Celebrating St Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day is typically celebrated on the 17th of March. St. Patrick's Day is characterized as a day where people of all faiths and national origins dress in green, get together with friends, and attend events such as St. Patrick's Day parades. St. Patrick's Day is in celebration of the life St. Patrick and the 17th of March is believed to be the date of this saint's death.

St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday for the people of Ireland. Although it is celebrated in several other countries, including the United States, these countries do not recognize St. Patrick's Day as an official holiday. St. Patrick's Day is also celebrated by people of both Christian and non-Christian denominations. In Ireland, the celebrations of Saint Patrick's Day are much more subdued than they are in North America. Generally there are religious services and reverent moments that are taken to reflect on the life of Saint Patrick and his contributions to the church. Traditional Celtic and Irish crosses are worn to show ones devotion to their Irish upbringing and heritage and also their devotion to their religious beliefs.

St. Patrick himself was a Christian missionary and became the patron saint of Ireland in the eighth century. St. Patrick was captured by English raiders when he was only sixteen and when he escaped and returned to his family he entered the church. There is not a lot of evidence to give exact details into the life of St. Patrick including the exact date of his birth and time in the church. However, the evidence that does exist supports that St. Patrick was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century, implying that he lived from roughly 373 to 493 A.D. and that his ministry in Ireland started in roughly 433 A.D.

While the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day with historical reminiscence and religious importance, in the United States St. Patrick's Day is generally celebrated by wearing the color green, eating Irish foods, drinking traditional Irish drinks and attending local festivities such as fairs and parades. Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched. And the "traditional Irish drink" usually provides opportunity for Americans to be free flowing with their libations.

St. Patrick's Day parades are common in the United States. The first public and civically recognized celebration of Saint Patrick's Day took place in the city of Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1737. Since that time parades have been common and even during war time, Irish Americans were relieved of their duties by General Washington in 1780 in order to take part in the celebrations. Some cities paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green in honor of the celebrations. The city of Chicago, Illinois even dyes its river green. Savannah, Georgia dyes its downtown city fountains green. Indianapolis, Mississippi dyes its Central Canal green. And there are many more cities that roll out the green welcome mat, so to speak, in order to make the streets as green and festive as possible. Some recent trends in the methods by which St. Patrick's Day is celebrated include the making and selling of green bagels and popcorn on and near the 17th of March.

Irish Americans typically take the opportunity to proclaim their pride to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day and take place in traditional celebratory events with family and friends that share the same heritage. Whether you are celebrating St. Patrick's Day as a celebration of your heritage, religion or love of partying, March 17 th is a fun time to dress up and have a good time.

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Find some great St. Patrick's Day music at the Celtic Music CD Store or check out Marc Gunn, Celtic American Musician. Thanks for joining the St. Patrick's Day Music Party.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Beer, Beer, Beer

I played this song for a number of years with the Brobdingnagian Bards. Earlier this year, I got bored with my original version of it. I wanted a new rhythm. So I re-arranged the song with swing. When I started playing it Ireland, it quickly became the most-popular song on the trip. T'was then I knew I wanted to add it it a new CD. For now, it's on my Marc Gunn's Free CD, a short EP that you can only get for free.
"Beer, Beer, Beer"
Listen: HiFi
Recorded by Marc Gunn
From: Marc Gunn Free EP
Read Lyrics: "Beer, Beer, Beer" Lyrics
From: Kilted For Her Pleasure

Download MP3: 128 kbps
Buy MP3 for 99 cents: 192 kbps
or iTunes
Donation:
Make a Donation
Subscribe: http://www.irish-song-lyrics.com/podcast.rss
Want to see Marc Gunn perform? Join my Street Team. Buy my CDs!

Released under a Creative Commons Noncommercial ShareAlike License. If you enjoy the music, please purchase the MP3, buy the CD, post a review, repost this blog, or tell a friend. Every little bit helps to make to keep these free MP3s coming. Thanks! Find out more about the MarcSongs Podcast now.



Originally published at Irish-Song-Lyrics.com. Find lyrics, free MP3s, and chords to Irish folk songs.


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Find some great St. Patrick's Day music at the Celtic Music CD Store or check out Marc Gunn, Celtic American Musician.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Monahan's Mudder's Milk

It all began three years ago when I was introduced to Firefly, a Sci Fi Western by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I became a huge fan. The TV series is still one of my most-watched DVDs. One of my favorite episodes is "Jaynestown" where the ruffian Jayne Cobb becomes a folk hero with his own folk song, "Hero of Canton".

I loved it so much, I wanted to write my own Firefly song, but I was too busy watching the show to really spend any time writing about it. Then I was inspired to write "She Said Her Name Was Saffron" for a contest last year. I hoped more songs would come. It didn't until a couple weeks ago. I finally decided I was gonna write a song about mudder's milk, the alcoholic drink from "Jaynestown". The song evolved into a worker's rights folk song ala Woodie Guthrie. I recorded it, and for the icing on the cake, I got a bunch of Firefly fans to sing back up in the chorus, the way a good drinking song should be sung.
"Monahan's Mudders Milk"
Listen: LoFi
Recorded by Marc Gunn
Read Lyrics: "Monahan's Mudders Milk" Lyrics
From: Kilted For Her Pleasure

Download MP3: 128 kbps
Buy MP3 for 99 cents: 192 kbps or iTunes
Donation:
Make a Donation
Subscribe: http://www.irish-song-lyrics.com/podcast.rss
Want to see Marc Gunn perform? Join my Street Team. Buy my CDs!

Released under a Creative Commons Noncommercial ShareAlike License. If you enjoy the music, please purchase the MP3, buy the CD, post a review, repost this blog, or tell a friend. Every little bit helps to make to keep these free MP3s coming. Thanks! Find out more about the MarcSongs Podcast now.


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Find some great St. Patrick's Day music at the Celtic Music CD Store or check out Marc Gunn, Celtic American Musician.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
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