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Thread #19332   Message #668126
Posted By: Genie
13-Mar-02 - 02:03 AM
Thread Name: Singalong songs for St. Patrick's Day
Subject: RE: Singalong songs for St. Patrick's Day
Couldn'a said it better myself, hobbitwoman. People in the US wanting to sing Irish-American songs on St. Patrick's day? Quel surprise! If nothing else, folks often want to hear songs that are familiar to them.

FWIW, I'm not sure there's always a clear discernible difference in sound from one side of the pond to the other. [Different eras are a different matter, of course.) A lot of melodies made their way from the British Isles to America. (I understand "Streets Of Laredo" is set to an Irish tune, e.g. And how about "Peggy-O"? The song seems to be American but it sounds like it could be an old Irish folk song to me. [Please excuse me if I don't know its history.) And does "Where The River Shannon Flows" really sound that different in genrefrom "Isle of Innisfree" ("Dreams Of Alywn")?

Like you, Annie, I recognize Celtic music as the "true Irish" music, and I love it. That doesn't mean I can't appreciate the music the Celtic folks created when they immigrated here, too.