Here are some of the band’s most requested Irish & Scottish songs. If one of these is your favorite, let the band know!
Danny Boy — A traditional Irish melody with lyrics by Englishman Frederic Weatherly.
Down By the Salley Gardens — Words by famed Irish poet William Butler Yeats. A salley garden is a garden of willows.
Leaving of Liverpool — A traditional seafaring song known in Ireland, Britain, and America. Like so many songs of Irish emigration, this one sings of a true love left behind and the desire to return someday. Ground-breaking Irish band The Clancy Brothers had a top-ten hit with this song in Ireland.
Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels) — A music-hall song set in Dublin, Ireland. The City of Dublin has even erected a statue in honor of this song! It has been recorded by Irish bands The Dubliners and U2.
Galway Girl — by Steve Earle, based on real events. An American meets a girl in Ireland and ends up with a broken heart. A version by the Sharon Shannon Band and Irish singer Mundy topped the Irish charts in 2008.
Parting Glass — A traditional Irish song, usually sung acappella. A wistful parting song in which comrades raise their glasses in a goodnight toast.
Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow — A traditional ballad, originally in Irish Gaelic and translated to English by Thomas Moore. Judy Garland sang it in “Little Nellie Kelly”.
Raglan Road — Words by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh to a traditional Irish tune. It’s named after a real place in Dublin, Ireland, and was made famous by Irish band The Dubliners.
Red is the Rose — Irish lyrics set to a Scottish tune. Irish band The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem were the first to bring this song to a worldwide audience.
Rocky Road to Dublin — A fast song in slip jig meter (9/8) with words by Irish poet D. K. Gavan. A recording of this song by Irish band The Dubliners was used in the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie. more