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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Sinead O’Connor singing Trad Songs November 29, 2014

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Was originally going to do a piece on just Rebel Songs but youtube is great and all of a sudden I found myself listening to Sinead O’Connor doing versions of classic Traditional songs.
Ones that have been covered by all sorts from The Dubliners, The Clancys and so on. You can actually forget, amidst all the various controveries, what an absolutely incredibly beautiful voice that she has.
Her ‘Sean-Nós Nua’ album is one of my favourites, mixing her angelic voice with so many of the great Trad songs that I love. I’ve put in some tracks here from that album, Peggy Gordon, Báidín Fheilimí, Molly Malone and “Óró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile.
Her version of Danny Boy is just beautiful as is ‘She moved through the Fair’.



1. Phil - November 29, 2014

I’ll be listening to these!

Funny thing, the definition of ‘traditional’. I’ll always listen to (and join in with) Peggy Gordon, and She Moved… done well is an amazing thing (has Sinead done Blackwaterside btw?). But if anyone starts Molly Malone I’m off to the bar, and as for Danny Boy – Mario Lanza can keep it.

I have actually heard DB once in a folk club, sort of. An Irish fiddler announced he was going to do something he called the Daire Air (pronounced ‘Dirrah’) – Derry being an Anglicisation and as for Londonderry, well… When he eventually got started you could practically hear the shock of recognition going around the room.


Phil - November 29, 2014

Just checked the album on Wikipedia. Looks like good stuff, including eleven and a half minutes of Lord Bateman, a.k.a. Lord Baker. (I did 35 verses and I couldn’t stretch it to eight.)


2. anarchaeologist - December 1, 2014

Well, it’s sorta traditional by now… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8oqKyVW978


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