Ten classic Irish tracks

by elmergantry

Have been thinking for a while of posting ten classic ‘Irish’ tracks here. These are not necessarily my favourite ‘ten’ Irish tracks of all time or anything as ridiculous as that – but the first ten that came to mind and which, hopefully, includes some relatively obscure tracks which will encourage others to check out other tracks from these fine artists.

1. Will start with Sony Condell’s song, ‘Down in the City’ – first appeared on his album, ‘Camouflage’ – which was, incidentally, one of the first albums I ever bought:


2. The Blades ‘Animation’ – the Blades were the Irish band which should have made it big in the 1980s – instead we got the empty posturing and preening of Bono & U2:

3. Rory Gallagher ‘Pistol Slapper Blues’: Rory’s great version of the Blind Boy Fuller song:

4. Have cheated by including two versions of ‘Raglan Road’ here – they are both classics. The first is by Luke Kelly:

The second is by Van Morrison:

5. Joe Heaney, ‘Una Bhan’: Perhaps the greatest Irish singer of them all:


6. Sean Keane ‘Bundlin” – as an Irish person living in Australia, couldn’t resist this one:

7. Freddie White, ‘the Parting Glass; – a great Irish singer makes this song his own:

8. Mary Black, ‘Annachie Gordon’ – before she ventured off into MOR territory, Mary Black was a fine folksinger:

9. Altan ‘Donal agus Morag’ – for some reason, this is my favourite Altan song:

10. Van Morrison, ‘Madam George’ – as good it gets, from one of the greatest albums ever made: