irish rebel songsPosted: March 3, 2011
Today we covered the basics of the conflict between the Republic of Ireland and North Ireland, including the fundamental differences between Protestants and Catholics. Frank McCourt’s best selling memoir Angela’s Ashes is filled with themes of political, religious and cultural conflicts including several references to music, songs and lyrics. As we embark upon our journey through the streets of Limerick and Dublin, lets become familiar with a variety of Irish music written for either nationalistic pride, protest or rebellion.
One of the most famous Irish rebel songs – one that is continually referenced in Angela’s Ashes – is “Kevin Berry”, a ballad that recounts the death of a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who was hanged on 1st November 1920.
Listen to “Kevin Barry”
DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT (5 Daily Participation Points): Search online for more Irish rebel, protest or nationalist music. ADD a comment to this post that includes the TITLE, SONGWRITER, YEAR and a brief description of the subject of the song – as well as any other interesting information. ALSO try to find a link to an audio sample of the song.