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A Song That Influenced My Life ("Tom Dooley")

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Learn An Irish Song

This Page Is Dedicated To All The Great Songwriters Whose Works Are On This Page - Some Living, Some Dead

(These are songs you may well hear sung in an Irish pub. Some are not Irish by birth but Irish by adoption. They all could possibly be classified as folk songs or traditional songs. I have invited a number of my friends to sing some of them.)

The 1st column in green contains the sung (vocal) MP3 version for the purposes of learning the correct version of the song.

Where there are 2 versions of the song (F) will be a female vocalist and (M) will be a male vocalist

These songs may be a variation of what you have heard but should be close to what is sung in Irish pubs. 

The 2nd column contains a midifile version of the song as used in the song itself and can be used to sing along with.

The midifile may not be in the same key as the song in the green column but can be altered.

If you download Van Basco's Karaoke (free) you can alter the pitch (Key) and the tempo (Speed) of the song to your own specifications

The 3rd column contains a lyrics/chords sheet as used with the song. The chords and/or the words on the document may not exactly match the key of the song in the green column so use your own discretion.Altering the chords and the use of capos may be required while accompanying the song to facilitate key and pitch.

The comments column may contain extra information. 

(Please allow for differences in the way you may have heard the songs sung previously. There are many reasons why singers perform the same song differently. Also, you may have to transpose the midifile or alter the tempo and change the key/chords on the lyrics sheet to suit your voice and/or pitch.)

PLEASE DO SOURCE THE ORIGINAL SONGS BY THE SONGWRITERS AND/OR THE SINGERS

Any information on the singers performing these songs on this website may be had on request at the email address below

Comments to:  flennon0@gmail.com 

  SONG BACKING TRACK MIDIFILE LYRICS/CHORDS COMMENTS
1 A Bunch Of Thyme A Bunch Of Thyme A Bunch Of Thyme Christy Moore's version. Performed by Frank Lennon
2

Aghadoe

Aghadoe Aghadoe Ireland's troubled relationship with England described in one song. Performed by Frank Lennon
3 A Nation Once Again A Nation Once Again A Nation Once Again A millenium held aspiration.Performed by Frank Lennon
4 All For Me Grog All For Me Grog All For Me Grog You can lose everything to the booze.Performed by Frank Lennon
5 Arthur McBride Arthur McBride Arthur McBride From the singing of Christy Moore.Performed by Frank Lennon
6 Avondale Avondale Avondale The home of Charles Stewart Parnell.Performed by Frank Lennon
7 Belfast Mill Belfast Mill Belfast Mill The original song Aragon Mill composed by Si Kahn was changed to Belfast Mill here sung by John McDonnell
8 Black Velvet Band Black Velvet Band Black Velvet Band A thieving lassie gets a man in trouble. Performed by Frank Lennon
9 Boolavogue Boolavogue Boolavogue Yet another confrontation with the English.Performed by Frank Lennon
10 Bright Blue Rose Bright Blue Rose Bright Blue Rose Composed by Cork's Jimmy McCarthy. Sung here by Sandra Wilson
11 Carrickfergus Carrickfergus Carrickfergus The town has a great castle.Performed by Frank Lennon
12 Danny Boy Danny Boy Danny Boy Probably the best internationally known Irish song. Performed by Frank Lennon
13 Dirty Old Town (F) Dirty Old Town Dirty Old Town Ewan MacColl's song about Salford in England. Performed here by Deirdre Farrell
14 Dirty Old Town (M) Dirty Old Town Dirty Old Town Ewan MacColl's song about Salford in England.Performed by Frank Lennon
15 Easy and Slow Easy and Slow Easy and Slow How to court a young lassie. Performed here by John Mc Donnell
16 Fiddler's Green Fiddler's Green Fiddler's Green A sailor's idea of Heaven. Performed by Frank Lennon
17 Flower Of Scotland (F) Flower Of Scotland Flower Of Scotland Composed by Roy Williamson(RIP) of The Corries.Performed here by Ruth Flood
18 Flower Of Scotland (M) Flower Of Scotland Flower Of Scotland

Composed by Roy Williamson(RIP) of The Corries. Performed by Frank Lennon

19 Four Green Fields Four Green Fields Four Green Fields The four provinces of Ireland defined as fields belonging to Mother Ireland. A Tommy Makem song. Performed by Frank Lennon
20 Galway Bay Galway Bay Galway Bay A beautiful old style song about Galway Bay.  Performed here by Valerie Maguire
21 Go Lassie Go Go Lassie Go Go Lassie Go --A beautiful song of romance attributed to the McPeake family from Belfast.-Performed by Frank Lennon
22 Grace Grace Grace Written in 1985 by Frank and Seán O’Meara and recorded by Jim McCann and Rod Stewart.Recounting the story of the marriage of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford in Kilmainham Jail a few hours before his firing squad  execution by British soldiers in 1916.Performed here by Orlagh Wilson
23 Hand Me Down The Bible Hand Me Down The Bible Hand Me Down The Bible Composed by the great Phil Coulter and sung here by Paul Gorey
24 Hard Times Come Again No More Hard Times Come Again No More Hard Times Come Again No More A very popular song by the great American composer Stephen Foster. Sung here by Aine McElroy
25 I Know Where I'm Going I Know Where I'm Going I Know Where I'm Going A very old love song. Performed by Frank Lennon
26 Immigrant Eyes Immigrant Eyes Immigrant Eyes A Guy Clark song of immigration into the USA. Performed here by John Keane and dedicated to his grandson Oliver John Desmond Keane
27 I Never Will Marry I Never Will Marry I Never Will Marry An old American folk song. Performed here by Valerie Maguire
28 I'll Tell Me Ma I'll Tell Me Ma I'll Tell Me Ma A folk song from Belfast. Performed by Frank Lennon
29 Joe Hill Joe Hill Joe Hill The tragic story of a Union man framed and hanged for murder.Performed here by John Keane
30 Kelly, The Boy From Killane Kelly, The Boy From Killane Kelly, The Boy From Killane Another song of rebellion..Performed by Frank Lennon
31 Love Is Pleasing Love Is Pleasing Love Is Pleasing .A prodigal son style love song. Performed by Frank Lennon.
32 Maggie Maggie Maggie ..A beautiful song of love for Maggie. There's an Irish version called "Nora". Performed by Frank Lennon
33 Mary From Dungloe Mary From Dungloe Mary From Dungloe Original and finest version by Emmett Spiceland.Performed here by Willie John Creedon
34 Mary Jane (Six Girls A Week) Mary Jane (Six Girls A Week) Mary Jane (Six Girls A Week) Performed primarily by the late Tom Madden, Dunboyne in Gielty's Pub in Dooagh in Achill Island and performed here by his daughter Deirdre Farrell.
35 Molly Malone (F) Molly Malone Molly Malone The song that is synonomous with Dublin, Ireland.Performed here by Collette Reddy
36 Molly Malone (M) Molly Malone Molly Malone Molly Malone's statue can be viewed off Grafton Street in Dublin. Performed by Frank Lennon
37 Noreen Bawn Noreen Bawn Noreen Bawn An emigrant girl returns to Ireland to die.Performed here by Deirdre Farrell
38 Only Her Rivers Run Free (F) Only Her Rivers Run Free Only Her Rivers Run Free Will Ireland ever be wholly free? Performed here by Valerie Maguire
39 Only Her Rivers Run Free (M) Only Her Rivers Run Free Only Her Rivers Run Free Written by Mickey Mac Connell .Hear him sing on YouTube. Performed by Frank Lennon
40 Peggy Gordon Peggy Gordon Peggy Gordon .The writer obviously has the hots for Peggy. Performed by Frank Lennon..
41 Raglan Road Raglan Road Raglan Road The words of poet Patrick Kavanagh set to the air of "The Dawning Of The Day".Performed here by John McDonnell.
42 Red Is The Rose (F) Red Is The Rose Red Is The Rose Love and separation from the singing of Makem and Clancy to the Scottish air Loch Lomand. Performed by Valerie Maguire..
43 Red Is The Rose (M) Red Is The Rose Red Is The Rose Love and separation from the singing of Makem and Clancy to the Scottish air Loch Lomand. Performed by Frank Lennon..
44 Red Rose Cafe Red Rose Cafe Red Rose Cafe About a little cafe in Amsterdam.Performed here by Paul Gorey
45 Sam Hall Sam Hall Sam Hall A chimney sweep thief goes to the gallows.Performed by Frank Lennon..
46 Schoolday's Over Schoolday's Over Schoolday's Over Another great song by Ewan McColl. Performed here by Valerie Maguire
47 She Moved Through The Fair She Moved Through The Fair She Moved Through The Fair An extremely haunting love song. Performed here by Orlagh Wilson
48 The Band Played Waltzing Matilda The Band Played Waltzing Matilda The Band Played Waltzing Matilda Written by one of the finest songwriters of our time, Eric Bogle, a Scotsman residing in Australia. Performed here by Deborah Hendley
49 The Fields Of Athenry The Fields Of Athenry The Fields Of Athenry An Irish classic by Dublin's Pete St.John sung by Valerie Maguire
50 The Cliffs Of Dooneen The Cliffs Of Dooneen The Cliffs Of Dooneen Listen to Planxty perform this. Performed here by Eddie Behan
51 The Green Fields Of France The Green Fields Of France The Green Fields Of France Written by Eric Bogle one of this century's finest songwriters. Performed here by Sandra Wilson
52 The Isle Of Innisfree The Isle Of Innisfree The Isle Of Innisfree This stunningly beautiful song was composed by Dick Farrelly, an Irish Garda, on a bus  trip from his home in Kells to Dublin. Performed here by Eddie Behan
53 The Lakes Of Pontchartrain The Lakes Of Pontchartrain The Lakes Of Pontchartrain A traditional song of rejected love from New Orleans. There is a great version by Paul Brady. Performed here by Aine Mc Elroy
54 The Leaving Of Liverpool The Leaving Of Liverpool The Leaving Of Liverpool A song of emigration via the port of Liverpool. Performed here by Phillip Flood
55 The Moonshiner/Wild Rover The Moonshiner/Wild Rover The Moonshiner/Wild Rover A grand old medley of pub songs sung by John Mc Donnell
56 The Mountains Of Mourne The Mountains Of Mourne The Mountains Of Mourne I grew up gazing at these mountains in Castlewellan, Co.Down. The song is sung here by Sandra Wilson
57 The Night Visiting Song The Night Visiting Song The Night Visiting Song One of Luke Kelly's many great songs. Performed by Frank Lennon..
58 The Oul Triangle The Oul Triangle The Oul Triangle

Performed here by Deborah Hendley.Based on the performance in the Albert Hall, London celebrating "The Gathering"

59 The Parting Glass The Parting Glass The Parting Glass This is the Shaun Davey version of a Scottish song much loved in Ireland and performed here by Frank Lennon
60 The Patriot Game The Patriot Game The Patriot Game Written by Dominic Behan brother of Brendan. Performed here by Eddie Behan (no relation)
61 The Rose Of Clare The Rose Of Clare The Rose Of Clare Another love song. Performed by Frank Lennon...
62 The Spanish Lady (F) The Spanish Lady (F) The Spanish Lady (F) A Spanish lady in Dublin sung about by Sinead Reynolds
63 The Spanish Lady (M) The Spanish Lady The Spanish Lady A Spanish lady resides in Dublin.Performed here by Cian Dwyer.
64 The Town I Love So Well The Town I Love So Well The Town I Love So Well Composed by Ireland's finest living song writer Phil Coulter and performed here  by Deborah Hendley
65 The Travelling People The Travelling People The Travelling People A Ewan McColl song sung by Frank Lennon from the "Carrageen" album
66 Whiskey In The Jar Whiskey In The Jar Whiskey In The Jar A song of highwaymen,robbery and betrayal. Performed here by Collette Reddy
67 Will The Circle Be Unbroken Will The Circle Be Unbroken Will The Circle Be Unbroken An old American Gospel song popular in Bluegrass circles. Performed by Aine McElroy
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