| St. Patrick’s Day | 5 great songs for your Paddy’s Day party M Metro Creative usic and Ireland go hand in hand. Walk into a pub anywhere in Ireland and you’re bound to encounter a local musician entertaining a crowd of fun-loving patrons. Perhaps that’s why music is such an integral component of celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day, a day to honor the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. Paddy’s Day party hosts who want to provide a soundtrack worthy of this festive occa- sion can consider these tracks from some of Ireland’s most beloved musicians. 1. “Whiskey in the Jar” The Dubliners with The Pogues This song, which is believed to have been composed sometime during the 17th century, has been performed by various musicians across multiple genres of music. The 1990 collabora- tion between The Dubliners and The Pogues is a fast-moving version of the song that’s sure to get everyone bobbing their heads and tapping their toes. 2. “The Broad Majestic Shannon” The Pogues This song, from the legendary Celtic punk band’s 1988 album, was inspired by the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, and is sure to invite people to the dance floor with its open- ing notes. Lead singer Shane MacGowan, widely regarded as one of the most accomplished lyricists of his time, said the song is about an Irishman returning to his home along the Shannon after many years spent in London. That gives the song a somewhat autobiographical tilt, as MacGowan himself spent time living in London and Ireland. 3. “Finnegan’s Wake” The Dropkick Murphys Another classic Irish ballad that traces its origins to before the 20th century, “Finnegan’s Wake” is a comical tale of the supposed death of Tim Finnegan, a man who loved his liquor. When 94 February - March 2019 Thomasville Scene his friends host a wake in his honor and acciden- tally spill whiskey on his corpse, Finnegan mirac- ulously awakes and joins in the celebration. This version of the song from the Boston-based Celtic punk rockers will have hosts and their guests bobbing their heads in between laughs. 4. “Drunken Lullabies” Flogging Molly Though the band originated in Los Angeles, lead singer Dave King is a Dublin native and his Celtic punk band has a distinctly Irish sound. An acoustic version of the song is available on the band’s 2006 live release “Whiskey on a Sunday,” but the party-friendly original version is the epon- ymous track on the band’s 2002 release. Great for a sing-along and destined to get some feet out on the dance floor, this song is a must for any Paddy’s Day get-together. 5. “Danny Boy” Various artists For the sentimental revelers, this song, set to an ancient Irish melody, is a must-hear on St. Patrick’s Day. Interpretations of the song vary, with some suggesting it’s a message from a parent to a son going to war or a message to a native Irishman leaving his homeland during the Irish diaspora. Many artists across numerous genres have covered the song, from country music leg- end Conway Twitty to crooner Andy Williams to “The King” himself, Elvis Presley.