Monday, March 16, 2015

Couple of Songs for St. Patrick's Day: "Óró, sé do bheatha abhaile" and "Danny Boy"

Many people thing Sinead O'Connor is crazy. Well, she might be, but she is one great singer and a person with passion and soul. Below she sings the great Irish-Gaelic song, "Óró, sé do bheatha abhaile." Patrick Pearse wrote some of the verses of this song. It is an invitation to the Irish diaspora to come home and participate in the building of an independent Ireland.

Many people look down on the song "Danny Boy," saying it is not genuine. But it is a song with beautiful (though strange) imagery. It was written by an Englishman, Frederic Weatherly, in 1910, and set to the traditional tune "Londonderry Air" by 1913. It is beloved by American Irish and often played at funerals.

Here is Celtic Woman's version:

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