Rebel songs

I’m linking here to Youtube files of as many of my favourite rebel songs as I can think of offhand. Note: keep well away from the comments! Much “down with the brits! down with taigs!”

The Dubliners – Hand Me Down My Bible. Written by Phil Coulter, it’s quite clearly about Ian Paisley.

The Dubliners – Kelly the Boy from Killane. Sean Kelly led 800 pikemen against the British garrison in New Ross during the 1798 rebellion. He was later executed.

The Wolfe Tones – Come Out Ye Black and Tans. Written by Dominic Behan (Brendan’s brother).

The Ludlows – The Sea Around Us – also by Dominic Behan. AKA Thank God We’re Surrounded by Water.

Jim McCann – Grace. Written by Sean and Frank O’Meara about the marriage of a 1916 leader to his fiancée on the eve of his execution. Historical context and Youtube file on the link.

Luke Kelly – The Foggy Dew. About the 1916 Rising. Patrick Pearse and Cathal Brugha are amongst those mentioned in this song.

Luke Kelly/The Dubliners – Rebellion Medley. Includes snippets of Wrap the Green Flag Round Me Boys, The West’s Awake, and A Nation Once Again.

Darach Ó Catháin – Óró sé do bheatha ‘bhaile – Patrick Pearse’s song about pirate queen Gráinne Mhaol (Grace O’Malley). Also as used in The Wind that Shakes the Barley: marching song.

Where is our James Connolly, sung by Andy Irvine.




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