By Logan Hampsey
Hello! Welcome back to another segment of my music column On a Good Note. In this edition, I will discuss some iconic Celtic/Irish inspired music in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. It is unfortunate that we have not had a “normal” St. Patrick’s Day in a while, and typically people celebrate the day with celebrations, parades, going out, hanging with friends listening to music; I know myself I like to do all those things. However, there is one thing we can thankfully still do – listen to music, especially Irish and/or Celtic music. Like any other music, Irish music can be sad, celebratory, joyful, etc. I have some Irish heritage and I have heard some Irish music, but I wanted to explore more that I have not heard yet. I noticed I found a liking to Irish-American type music when listening to Irish music and I hope you enjoy listening to them too.
- I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys
- This Celtic rock band originated in just Quincy, Massachusetts. They have an Irish-rock kind of style to them and it is a nice mashup of the two sounds. You may have heard this song be played at some kind of event or party because right from the very beginning of the song, it takes you on a rollercoaster. Lyrically, this song may seem a bit odd, but the meaning is quite simple and entertaining! The instrumentals of the song are very catchy and may get stuck in your head for a while.
- F**k You I’m Drunk – Bondo
- This song has more of a folk style to it, and the song is meant to be funny. It is said to be Bondo’s most famous song, and it is a song all about drinking and being drunk. I came across it one day and I found it very amusing. I enjoy the acoustic sound it has to it and the lyrics have a poetic sound to them that you can casually listen to. Listening to this song while drinking with friends would be a good time.
- An Irish Pub Song – The Rumjacks
- This Australian Celtic rock band is known for their use of Irish sounds and lyrics in their music, and one of their most famous songs is “An Irish Pub Song”. This song is mocking Irish pubs in a sense making the title of the song ironic. This song sounds like it could be in a musical because it would be fun to sing along to, especially at a live show. They talk about shamrocks in this song as well as other Irish inspired things, and I think the usage of stereotypical Irish imagery is funny and ironic and makes the song that much more interesting.
- Get Drunk Tonight – Bloody Irish Boys
- The high energy of this song right from the beginning draws the listener in. Bloody Irish Boys have an Irish-punk style, and this adds a unique sound to their songs. This song talks about going out and drinking with friends, and I think the message spoke to me a little bit because due to current times, it is harder to just go out and party with friends. This gave the song a bit more of a sad and nostalgic feel to me.
- One Last Shot – The Mahones
- This Canadian Irish rock band formed on St. Patrick’s Day. Their music sounds more cinematic and this may have something to do with the many movies their music has been a part of. This song did not sound as Irish as some of the others, but I found it to be enjoyable and a good chill song that just kind of goes along with the theme of St. Patrick’s Day.