I love St. Patrick's Day and St. Patrick's Day music. It is my favorite time of the year. But I have a wee confession. I am biased because St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, is also my birthday. This website is my gift to you.
What adds to the excitement and fun of it all is that I play Irish folk music, the music that you are likely to hear on St. Paddy's Day. I sing those popular Irish songs like "Whiskey in the Jar", "The Wild Rover", "Finnegan's Wake", "The Unicorn Song", and yes, even "Danny Boy". Some Irish music groups hate those songs. I love 'em!
I guess I love those popular Irish American songs because I did not grow up with them. I know this sounds crazy. I am of Scots-Irish heritage--Clan Gunn. I went to occasional Scottish Highland Games and enjoyed some Celtic music growing up, but not a lot. But most of those traditional Irish songs that every one knows and loves, I didn't hear them until I started playing Irish music.
I suppose that's because St. Patrick's day is my birthday. So it was a different type of celebration for me. I never went to St. Patrick's Day Parades. Instead, I had a St. Patrick's Day birthday party. That all changed back in 1999...
And don't miss my new compilation Best Irish Drinking Songs
In 1999, I started playing Irish music. I love the Irish ballads and folk songs best of all. So I started learning the songs. Can you believe that when I started, I didn't even know the melody for "Danny Boy"?! My group, the Brobdingnagian Bards, was the premiere band for Irish American songs in Austin... Okay, actually, we were the only band.
Like I said earlier, most of the bands around in Austin don't like playing songs like "Danny Boy", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", and "The Unicorn Song". They avoided them with a passion. But I wasn't raised in a pub like many of our Irish American fans here in Austin, Texas. So I just learned some beautiful songs and shared them with the world.
I've recorded a number of great Celtic CDs and also released four amazing Celtic Compilation CDs include: Irish Celtic Music, Best of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, Victims of Irish Music, and The Secret World of Celtic Rock.
Now I live in Birmingham, Alabama. I'm still one of the few artists to play Irish songs in North Alabama.
Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 PM CST
FREE SHOW on YouTube
Friday, March 16 at 8 PM CST
at Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration Co.
Saturday, March 17
at Five Points in Birmingham, Alabama
11-12 pm: The J Clyde
1-2 pm: Mellow Mushroom
2:30-3:30 pm: 5 Point Public House & Oyster Bar
4-5 pm: Dave's
I want to share my love of St. Patrick's Day since I started playing the music. This website gives you some free music downloads of St Patrick's Day music. I found some great Irish clip art, and a few other cool things. I want to share them all with you.
I hope you enjoy what you read and will share this website with your friends. Thanks a lot and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Slainté!
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