The Begorrathon Singalong


When you think of Irish music, you probably think of this:

irish music

Or maybe even this (although I’m not sure why):

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And probably this:

Photo of Adam CLAYTON and THE EDGE and BONO and U2

But not necessarily this:

Or this:

Or this:

In the run-up to last year’s St. Patrick’s Day, I put together a collection of fifty great Irish songs (none of them by U2).

Now with the Begorrathon 2015 in full swing, I thought it would be time for another selection of Irish music.

Damien Rice, “I Don’t Want To Change You”.

Rice has been kicking around the Irish acoustic serious bloke with a guitar singer-songwriter scene for so long, at this point he’s something of an elder statesman.

Marketa Irglova & Glen Hansard, “If You Want Me”.

From the beautiful film Once. Read Cathy’s review of the film here.

Kodaline, “High Hopes”.

Great song. The video is pants, though, even if Sir Davos is in it.

David Kelleher, “Young, Pretty & Foolish.”

Full disclosure: David is an old and very good friend.

Denis McArdle, “Let Beauty Awake”.

Fuller disclosure: this is my brother.

I Draw Slow, “Souvenirs”.

I think I Draw Slow is a great, great band, and everyone should go out and buy their album White Wave Chapel. And no, before you ask, I don’t know any of them.

Father Ted Crilly & Father Dougal McGuire, “My Lovely Horse”.

The awful thing is that if this had been a real Eurovision song, it probably would have won.

Hozier, “Someone New”.

It’s been impossible to avoid the Wickla’ boy in the last year, so he had to be included here. Oh, and look, another cast-member from Game of Thrones!

Sinead O’Connor, “Take Me To Church”.

Sorry, Hozier, it was between your song with this title and O’Connor’s. I hadn’t paid much attention to her until her recent Twitter feud with Miley Cyrus. I’m happy to report that she still has a great voice and can belt out a thoughtful pop song just as well as she ever could.

The West Cork Ukelele Orchestra, “Ra Ra Rasputin”.

Not even the Rebel County is immune from pretentious hipsters in artisanal clothing.

James Vincent McMorrow, “Higher Love”.

Higher is the operative word in this cover of the Steve Winwood classic.

Paul Brady, “The Island”.

I’d have to include this lovely song. Sure didn’t we make it the theme music for our Begorrathon video?

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22 thoughts on “The Begorrathon Singalong

  1. Great to see Father Ted’s classic again Niall. I will try to forgive you the picture of U2, as you were gracious enough not to include the ‘Awful Geldof’. Don’t forget the Undertones and Van Morrison though. They might be from the North, but it’s still Ireland!
    (No Nolans, Boyzone, or Westlife I notice…)
    Cheers mate. Pete.

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      1. Speed 3. the whole thing, but especially “is there anything to be said for saying another Mass?” and of course the eurosong. and “Nuns! Reverse! Reverse!” And “they all have lovely bottoms.”

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      2. Speed 3. Love the fact that it was inspired by them thinking that nothing could be worse than Speed 2 haha. Favourite episode is Kicking Bishop Brennan up the arse. I do have a soft spot for when Ted is about to putt the ball and Jack mows him down. But my fave scene is from that Bishop episode which has the “picture of a man in a bishop’s hat”

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