Having noticed that my first list did not include any Planxty (the Irish ‘”Beatles’, as they have been described), decided I would remedy this by drawing up an alternate list.
It could, of course, have been made up entirely of tracks from Planxty’s classic first album (the ‘Black’ album), but thought this would be unfair to other artists. So will start this list with a classic performance of the “Raggle Taggle Gypsy-o’ from the early 1970s.
1. Planxty ‘Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-O’
2. The Pogues ‘White City’ – a song where Shane McGowan proves that great poetry can be made from the demolition of a greyhound track:
3. Johnny Duhan, ‘In Our Father’s Name” – fine song from an underestimated songwriter:
4. Paul Brady ‘I am a Youth that’s inclined to Ramble” -Before Paul Brady became a so-so MOR songwriter, he was a great folksinger:
5. Dolores Keane John Faulkner – ‘The Bonnie Light Horseman’ – a great, great song:
6. David Kitt ‘You Know what I want to Know’ – By far the best of the new Irish songwriters who emerged in the 1990s/ early 2000s:
7. Sinead O’Connor ‘I am stretched on your Grave’: Saw her sing this with Christy Moore once…
8. The Blades ‘Revelations of Heartbreak” – Paul Cleary one of the finest Irish songwriters of modern times. Discuss..
9. Micheál O’Domhnaill & Kevin Burke ‘Lord Franklin”: the definitive version…
10. Joe Heaney ‘Amhrán na Páise’; Can’t have enough Joe Heaney: