How It’s New York: Tommy Burns is a musician in NJ and hosts of “Glor na h’Eireann”, an Irish Radio show broadcasting from Rutgers University 88.7 FM on Sundays at 6pm.
How It’s Irish: Boy Gets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Writes Song! BUT. Those songs ARE pretty great.
I admit some of Fitzgerald’s commentary is funny, like this one on “Leave” by The Swell Season:
This song may have been directed from Hansard his to his Swell Season bandmate Marketa Irglova who took heed to the song and not only broke up with Glen but has stopped performing with him as well.
to share his 10 favorite Irish love songs with us. He did– and it’s a terrific mix of trad and pop (AND YES! One of them is “As I Roved Out,” about the man who “marries the lassie with the land!” Honest, I didn’t put Tommy up to it. Take note of songs of dead or permanently unavailable loves).
2. The Dutchman – This classic Liam Clancy song tells the story of an older couple and the love of a woman, “Margaret’, for her husband in the twilight of his life as his health and his mind begin to wane.
(Editor’s Note: Yeah, sure, blame it on the famine. So do we blame the gold digging on the recession?)
5. Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn Ce Hi (For Ireland, I’ll not tell her name) – There are many songs about a secret love. In this one the singer places his secret love over his patriotism.
9. Young Ned of the Hill (Éamonn an Chnoic) – A touching love song of a young rapparee with little to offer his love but pillowing her head “where the light fairies tread”. Celtic Crossroads provides a great live version performed in Galway.
“I’m thinking it’s myself will be wheezing that time with lying down under the Heavens when the night is cold but you’ve a fine bit of talk, stranger, and it’s with yourself I’ll go.” –Nora, “In the Shadow of the Glen,” J.M. Synge.
10. I Cant Help (Falling in love with you) – I know, not particularly Irish. But when Lick the Tin arranges it with a tin whistle and a few polkas…you’ve got an Irish love song !
Have a chocolate.