Read on for: my free Irish Ukulele Songs for St. Patrick's Day

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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.

What's this got to do with ukulele playing?

Well, I have a little gift for you, in honor of the day: a free download 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.

St. Patrick’s Day is here

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:

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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?

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…

Irish Songs for Ukulele songbook -- perfect for St. Patrick's Day

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.


Danno Sullivan
Danno Sullivan

Founder of ”Play It Daily” Ukulele, co-founder of the Ukulele Union of Boston, and spreader of good cheer.