As long as it's St. Patty's Day and all, I thought I'd show you some of my favorite Irish music:
Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: The Pogues: My brother introduced me to this. I didn't listen to it for the longest time because I thought it was heavy metal. I had never heard of The Pogues and the title sounds like something a heavy metal band would use. This album, once I listened to it, quickly became one of my favorites not just in terms of Irish music but one of my favorites in general -- great version of Waltzing Matilda.
Moondance: Van Morrison: Van Morrison has a newer cd out that's very Irish from what I understand, but I don't own it and I haven't heard it. This is my favorite all-time album from Van Morrison with the great title song, Into the Mystic, and It Stoned Me all on in one place. Plus Crazy Love -- what more can I ask for?
Long Black Veil: The Chieftains: This album was my introduction to the Chieftains and it's a good one. I'd heard the title song before but Mick Jagger and the Chieftains made me hear it anew and feel the pain of the narrator. Van Morrison also guests here along with Sting and Sinead O'Conor but the Chieftains are the focus; it's their music that touches you.