There are thousands of Irish songs to listen to right now. Some are old, some are very old, some not so old, and some are new. But, in staying true to our roots, we would like to suggest 3 amazing Irish songs for you to listen to.
It does not matter what your taste in music is.
The Fields of Athenry by Pete St John
The Fields of Athenry is one of the most historic Irish songs and is said to be Ireland’s unofficial national anthem. When asked, most people familiar with the song would say it is all about the Irish. Well, it is that and more.
This song is about the spirit of the Irish and the Great Famine that struck the country back from 1845 to 1849. The chorus of the song reads, “Low lie the fields of Athenry. Where once we watched the small free birds fly – our love was on the wing. We had dreams and songs to sing. It’s so lonely round the fields of Athenry.”
Truly a sad yet hopeful song indeed. You should hear The Dubliners’ version of this song.
Raglan Road by Patrick Kavanagh
Patrick Kavanagh was not a music writer, he was a poet. Raglan Road is known to be one of the most romantic Irish songs ever composed. Kavanagh met legendary Irish singer Luke Kelly one night and that is how the poem became a song. Kelly set the song to the music of “The Dawning of the Day.”
The song talked about Kavanagh’s past relationship with a woman named Hilda Moriarty. It is a song of love and at the same time heartbreak. So, if you want to hear one of the most romantic songs ever, give Raglan Road a good listening to.
The Town I Loved so Well by Phil Coulter
If you are from Derry, Northern Ireland, then this song is for you. Renowned musician Phil Coulter wrote this song to share what was it like growing up in Derry, the second-largest city in Northern Island. The song conveys so much emotion including pain, love, and hope.
The song also talks about what life was like during the irregular war or as many people know it, The Troubles. The song in the last part talks about hope and it was a great way for it the end.