History of Ireland through Song
- Part of the Department of European History
Ireland's history is rich, and richly recorded in song. The purpose of this project is to provide a listing of songs (and, if possible, a way to obtain them legally, for free), corresponding to various elements of Irish history, complete with commentary and background.
The goal is to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of Irish history through the memorable and enjoyable medium of music (particularly Celtic music).
- Create outline of Irish History (this is in the works—see talk page)
- Find and add songs relevant to as many aspects of Irish history as possible
(Please discuss on the talk page).
- Should we include Scotland, as well, and have a course on the two together, or separately?
- Should there be an option to include songs in Gaelic (or even other languages) for ambitious students?
Supersarah1999 13:09, 8 April 2010 (UTC)
- "Black and Tans" composed by Dominic Behan. (Full version by StoneRing available here.)
- "Bold Fenian Men" written by Peadar Kearney. (2 minute excerpt of the Kellee Brad version available here. Lyrics and midi available here.)
- "The Wind That Shakes the Barley", composed by Robert Dwyer Joyce.
- "Arthur McBride" - lyrics and mp3
- "The sash my father wore" - MIDI & notation
- "The Green Fields of America". Lyrics and midi here, Original 1852 broadside image here.
- "The Foggy Dew", (revolutionary version, 1916) composed by Peadar Kearney or Canon Charles O'Neill. Lyrics and midi here.
- "The Fields of Athenry" - lyrics and midi
- "The Patriot Game, with lyrics by Dominic Behan. (Full version by the Brobdingnagian Bards available here.)
- "Banba Óir (in Gaelic), by Clannad, makes reference to ancient Irish history. (Lyrics and translation here.)
- "Skellig", by Loreena McKennitt; about the monastery on Skellig (lyrics).
- "Bonny Portmore" (traditional). (lyrics.)
- "From Clare to Here", by Ralph McTell (about immigration). (Lyrics available here.)
- "Famine" by Sinead O'Connor, talks about the Irish Famine lyrics.
- "The Wearing of the Green" written at the time of the 1798 Irish rebellion.