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Glasgow Irish, Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan
Both writers born into seperate Irish emigrant families in Glasgow and both first musically influenced by Irish and Scots trad folk songs, their core soul would later give us among other great songs this

The old Irish emigrants who move around the world for centuries, often not by choice to leave their own homes, commonly made poor financially by various foreign designs, brought with them their handed down cultural soul. Enough of them remained rich in culture of the mind to influence where ever they went, their descendants would dominate the arts that money could not buy where ever they went.
Not that the average person in Britain would ever know! because the supposed British history books had no interest or intention of giving them any credit!
Not an exaggeration to state that popular music of all kinds, not just in the supposed uk, but around the world, would be very different if not unrecognizable if not for the Irish influence.

RIP and thanks
Tears of joy and sadness as Limerick remembers Dolores O’Riordan

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One more thing: This is one of the best threads on this site, and definitely the best non-Celtic (as in the team) thread on the site. Thanks to everyone for posting such great music.


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Thread for listening to Irish and Scots traditional musicians. Traditional if that makes sense as by default of nature all evolves!
Starting off with a couple by Christy Moore, he seldom wrote songs but like a few rare gifted other singers made them his property in the minds of the public when he sings them.

Always think of a drunk walking home alone along dark boreens when I hear The Reel In the Flickering light

reflecting the circle of life in The January Man

Add your current favourite trad listening tunes


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In the centuries old tradition of 'been there done it' and let me tell ye 'it's all BS' Irish anti war songs.

The self identified and mostly Irish blood, Irish American Dave Van Ronk

Born into Irish trad sounds , he would go onto influence the likes of Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs among others.
He rewrote the House of the Rising Sun into the tune known today, itself a tune of Irish folk origins from around 200 plus years ago and the same old Irish ballad that influenced the song of Scotsman and his Green Fields of France, No mans land.
How a tune stays in the head and evolves.

Warning this video has some extremely graphic images, just like what war really does to human beings. so listen and don't look at reality if you imagine war or mass violence is otherwise.

Luang Prabang by Dave Van Ronk
Raw Brilliance.
Jim liked this one from the USA based rebel songs

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Another living Irish cultural gem from the other end of Ireland.
John Spillane, great writer and singer in his own style.

Great on stage, a funny good kind of crazy intense Irishman. He wrote this - Passage West a love ballad, includes the great verse

And here with Mick Flannery, the Cork pair together make great sounds.
love yer passion and knowledge for and of irish music Jim,spent 13 wonderful years there, playing in sessions,mainly leitrim,sligo and roscommon,the longest party ah ever had!!! Hail Hail!
I know you guys have been chucking Irish or trad bands about for each other.
Sorry if they have been mentioned before.
Went to see the lads play live. They are a supergroup type of band. All play and all sing. It was a mash up of
Lads from other acts. A longer ego band name you will not find. ...
All of thier names, is the name of the band.
Don't let it put you off by that wanky standpoint.
Anyway the group/band is called
"Alistair,Webb, Mcginty,, Ward and Fisher"