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.
Star of the County Down — words by Cathal McGarvey of Donegal, Ireland. A young man is smitten with Rosie McGann of Ireland’s County Down. Famously recorded by Irish band The Chieftains.
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling — Probably the most-requested Irish song after “Danny Boy”. It’s an Irish-American song written for the musical “Isle O’ Dreams”.
Whiskey In the Jar — Made famous by trailblazing Irish band The Dubliners, this Irish traditional song tells of a highwayman betrayed to the law by his sweetheart. It was recorded by Irish band The Pogues and — who knew? — also by Metallica!
Wild Mountain Thyme (Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go) — Lyrics by Francis McPeake of Belfast, Ireland in tribute to his first wife. Set to a traditional Scottish tune — so it’s both Irish and Scottish!
Wild Rover — A travelling rogue repents of his ways and returns home to settle down. A lively Irish pub song with a great sing-along chorus. Recorded by the Irish band The Clancy Brothers.