Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

17 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day blessings opun ya.


Me own wee laddie bids you a fine day (just don’t tell him I put this picture up).

While I am predominantly French, my great-grandmother was Irish and I suspect, the origin of my green eyes and fiery temper. Mr D. and I’s favorite movie is The Quiet Man, with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. If you have never seen it or haven’t seen it in a while, I invite you to treat yourself this year for St. Paddy’s Day.

Among other Irish contributions like Guiness and Yeats, there is music….of course. Here are some favorites:

Celtic New Year, Van “The Man” Morrison

One, U2

Love Hurts, Elvis Costello (with Emmylou Harris)

Bullfrog Blues, Rory Gallagher

The Irish Rover, The Pogues & The Dubliners

The Green & Red of Mayo, The Sawdoctors

Perhaps my favorite song about an Irish subject, is from the wonderful (yet under-utilized) Jonny Lang and Irish Angel.

This is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard and Jonny’s passion and emotion is palpable. The way it’s supposed to be….

Lastly, the day would be incomplete without a little Johnny Boy. Luckily, he just happens to have a song to fit the bill:

St. Patrick’s Day, John Mayer



Posted by on March 17, 2008 in Good Stuff, holidays


13 responses to “Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

  1. shrewspeaks

    March 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Happy Salted Beef and Leafy Veggies Day!

    I think one of my favorite “irish” songs is Eva Cassidy’s Danny Boy

  2. music maven

    March 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Here’s an even better version of Danny Boy

    Whooda thunk it?

  3. Shrewspeaks

    March 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Oh okay…if we are going to play dueling dannys…then take THIS

  4. music maven

    March 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Wooohoooo…Love this one if for nothing else but the caption…heh.

    “Let’s see an American Idol contestant do this….”

  5. jenfera

    March 17, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day, MM! I was thinking of you this evening when I ate my boiled dinner!

  6. Shrewspeaks

    March 17, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Oh danny….boy, Oh boy oh boy

    I saw that Tome Jones one…heeehee

  7. music maven

    March 17, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Oh, the travesty of boiled meat.

  8. mark_jr

    March 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Great pic on little MM. Enjoyed the Morrison tune as well as the U2 one. Better get those eggs ready. Karen says she is taking it down in her rookie year!

  9. Colette

    March 18, 2008 at 5:12 am

    I think that lovely Eric Claptons solo is a clip from a documentary film about the mysterious derivation of “O Danny boy.” Anyone seen it? or know the exact title?

    Something funny, and sweet. from the
    Detroit Free Press:

    A.J. O’Neil snapped awake early Monday in fear that his 50-hour attempt at the world record for singing “Danny Boy” was ruined.

    He was certain he heard someone singing the theme song to the 1970s sitcom “All in the Family.”

    “I started running to the stage before I realized it was a dream,” said O’Neil, whose disheveled hair, three-day stubble and coffee-tinged breath left little doubt that he slept for only a few hours from Saturday morning to Monday evening in his Ferndale café, where the marathon was held.

    By the time the event was wrapping up, around 5 p.m. Monday, more than 100 people wedged into A.J.’s Café broke into the last of roughly 1,000 performances.

    “I’m overcome with joy,” O’Neil told the crowd. “This has been incredible.”

    Pinning down a favorite moment for O’Neil or any other diehards who stuck out most of the marathon was nearly impossible. There were harpists, bagpipers, choirs, rappers, flutists, fiddlers and singers.

    Even Gov. Jennifer Granholm surprised the coffee shop Monday by joining O’Neil for an a capella version that had the crowd singing along.

    “I like to think that everyone who performed here played from the heart,” said Steve D’Angelo, 34, of Farmington, who played two versions, one on acoustic guitar, another on the pennywhistle. “That’s what this was all about. A.J. brought together a diverse community because he cares so much about the people here.”

    O’Neil figures he drank as much coffee as the number of times he sang — about 50.

    “Now get some sleep,” someone from the crowd barked out.

    He will.

    Then he’ll submit the 50 hours he caught on video to the Guinness Book of Records.

  10. Jordan Rivers

    March 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Nice web site, you really did a great job here,I just had to tell you that, that’s a lot of work to post up everything, a real labor of love for music.
    Keep it up.
    If you get a chance stop by my blog and say hi,
    Thanks Jordan Rivers…Guitarist

  11. marymagdalene

    March 18, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I love “The Quiet Man” also!

    I got to know the movie because of my Dad, which we watch on DVD every year, and whenever we happen to catch it on cable…

    We were going to watch it on Monday, but Dad & I were going to finish watching “My Darling Clementine” and it was too late to start another movie…

    Considering that this is Holy Week, and Easter, we will just have to wait to watch “The Quiet Man” next week…


  12. Kerala Girls :

    October 28, 2010 at 6:04 am

    my girlfriend have green eyes and that is the thing that i always love about her facial features’`”

  13. Lunch Bags

    November 16, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    green eyes specially those deep green ones are very unique and very attractive. i really love those ”;


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