When you marry into an Irish family – they take you whole heartily without asking for references or identification.
I am forever grateful for that.
So by way of my wonderful wife – we have some music on the cave
Can I still do a nice music blog? We shall find out together.
Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys
Inspired partly by Geoff and his excellent site @ https://1001albumsin10years.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/my-top-5-tapes-from-88/ who mentioned this album in cassette form (which is how, I too, met the Waterboys … and played them over and over in my beat-up chevette). I loved that car and I love that tape!
Fisherman’s Blues is like a hot cup of tea on a rainy day-and I don’t mean no frou-frou fancy-ass hipster organic fair trade flavored tea —-I mean TEA—-Boiling water from the kettle poured in a pot (you don’t have to pre-warm it) —- enough to share with family or friends so we all feel better—- a good cup of tea! It does wonders.
I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys
ARRR Me Maties!- Hooligans and scoundrels need love too!– this is a beautiful gail force wind of skullduggery to blow through ye sails while ye wee vessel gets tossed about on angry seas.
The City of Chicago – Christy Moore
This song packs a ton of punch – repression and survival – you can’t remove political strife and contempt for the crown from this art form – immigration is too often seen as people coming here to take a slice of our pie – when, as in this tune – there was little choice.
Much respect for Christy Moore.
The Gloaming – Samhradh Samhradh (Live in Cork)
The arrival of summer – A happy light ditty? Put some shorts on and go to the beach? – Noooo! — watch a flower grow and have a good cry.
Great song – Great band – Great record
Carrickfergus– Jim McCann
This is always a fav at the local Irish pub – the bands will do this one late in the show—-when everyone is good and drunk. I am not saying it sounds better when you are inebriated because that would be irresponsible to all you kids out there
But – a song about the perils of alcoholism that you can drink to – only the Irish can do that!
And also rip your heart out like a Mayan sacrifice (sorry, see my Mexican posts for reference).
This music is meant to be enjoyed live.
So go out and support your local Irish pub.
And if you don’t have one- consider opening one yourself-We can never have enough.
Cheers, beers and tears from the cave!
14 thoughts on “5 play – for an Irish Spring on a Good Friday”
Nice music! Like it
Nice five pack. Ha! I’m a big fan of Fisherman’s blues, the album and the song, and love your description of it as a hot cup of tea.
Thanks! Great song to start me on my trip to the Emerald Isle.
Nice. Enjoy the trip.
Just a virtual trip for now – but it is high on the list to get there!
I don’t listen to much Irish music, but I particularly enjoy the stories that flow from much of it. Christy Moore’s song is a gem.
Thanks for stopping by Tony – I think because so many were forced to leave and had no means to return – they packed the history and essence in the music a little tighter.
You’re absolutely right Wayne about the music here being meant to be experienced in person. Perhaps the highlight of my trip to Ireland was a stop in Doolin (I’m pretty sure the town consisted of a pub & maybe one intersection), the live music at the pub, just wonderful!
Thanks Geoff – this music (like the blues) tastes better when it is fresh off the grill and made right in front of you. Always a grand time by one and all.
Thanks for a very enjoyable Irish wallow! (Nobody can beat the Van Morrison/Chieftains Carrickfergus). Regards thom
Thanks for visiting Thom, I do like the version you mention but the one I posted is real close to how it sounded when I fell for this tune. It glides along sweetly and just wallops you across the chin with the “I’m drunk today” line. Just kills me every time.
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Awesome…. Don’t have time to listen to all this morning but Played The Waterboys …. HellsYeah … Great find… I shall def be listening to them !!! Yeah … I like this blog thing … Lol workin on figuring it out! Now go follow me back !!!!