Read on for: my free Irish Ukulele Songs for St. Patrick’s Day
Let me ask you a question: are you Irish?
Most people in the world aren’t.
But when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, everyone and his brother suddenly starts speakin’ the brogue, wearin’ the green, and kissin’ the blarney.
It’s funny in society today, how we can can make fun of some people’s accents, stereotypes, and traditions, and others…mmm, not so much.
(And lest you think that’s because the Irish have always been “on top,” you’d better check your Irish history!)
What’s all this got to do with ukulele playing anyway?
Well, I have a little gift for you, in honor of the day: my free download-a-day of Irish ukulele songs for St. Patrick’s Day.
Now, none of these songs are TRUE Irish songs. They’re kind of the 1940s idealized vision of Irish Songs.
And, you know, as an idealized version of an Irish person myself (by descent anyway), I think that’s rather sweet.
There’s a time and a place (even in songs) for harsh reality.
And a time and a place for loveliness.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day.
For one day, sure, let’s stereotype a group most of us don’t belong to.
Let’s talk about corned beef, green beer, and leprechauns.
But also, let’s tune up the ukes, and play a few of these sweet songs about rolling hills, sweethearts, and Mother.
Those may be stereotypes, too, but, like I said, for one day anyway, rather lovely.
May I offer:
If you’re really in the mood to play traditional Irish ukulele songs for St. Patrick’s Day…
You could do worse than try your hand at this Irish folk song, Red is the Rose, played here on uke by a charmingly sincere YouTuber (you can find lyrics and chords for this song here):
Did that rope you right in?
Here’s some more traditional Irish music played on ukulele. (This is a playlist, so just click once to let all the songs cycle through). I don’t play this style at all, so it’s actually a pleasant surprise to hear how nice these Irish songs sound on the uke.
Download ukulele tabs and chords for some great traditional Irish songs:
Do you know about the Dr. Uke site? A great source for uke songs in many a genre, including some wonderful traditional Irish songs (including Danny Boy). Here’s the link to Dr. Uke’s Irish collection.
A book on the subject…
If you find yourself liking this style, maybe you should do what I’m doing and order a copy of “Irish Songs for Ukulele” (that’s the Amazon link). I haven’t had a chance to go through it yet, but it’s got quite good reviews over at Amazon, and the songs are written in notation and tab–perfect for us little ukesters!
So practice up. And let’s meet back here next year.
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PS: For a very silly little holiday song, try this one: O’Brien is Tryin’ to Learn to Talk Hawaiian.