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Thread #3972   Message #20972
Posted By: Ralph Butts
08-Feb-98 - 04:25 PM
Thread Name: St. Patrick's Day favourites
Subject: RE: St. Patrick's Day favourites

I'm glad you started this thread, because it highlights an interesting musical genre. That is, what I always thought were Irish songs, at least what people sang around St. Patrick's day. Now'days, I know a little better.

In fact, there's not a Fenian or an Orangeman to be found. No Gaelic, no mountain dew. Most of the popular St. Pat's songs come right out of Tin Pan Alley (Forty Shades of Green was written by Johnny Cash, for God's sake). That's not to say they aren't great (or even produced by Irishman) - just a comment that what we enjoy as good music has many roots, some patently commercial.

Were I to sing my REAL Irish songs at the St. Pat's parties, the reception would be lukewarm, at best. Other times, OK.

Anxiously awaiting other folks' selections......Tiger