The warmth and humour of the Irish folk song is particularly suited to Christmastime. This has nothing to do with the winter clothing favoured by the musicians in question, namely the wool based Aran Jumpers which are the garb of choice for legendary figures within the scene such as the Wolfe Tones and the Clancy Brothers. The suitability of Irish Folk Christmas songs for the season has more to do with the fireside tales spun by this myriad of banjo wielding tunesmiths.
You'll know as many of these songs on this playlist as there'll be ones that are totally new to you. 'Christmas In Killarney' is perhaps the best known of the bunch having been given an infinite elixir courtesy of Bing Crosby's crooning vocals way back in the 1951 for his 'Merry Christmas' album. The version here is from the Irish/Canadian band the Irish Rovers who have been treading the sticky beer-stained boards since the early sixties. They are also featured on several other tracks in our playlist including a version of 'Must Be Santa' which while written in the sixties was given a contemporary shot in the arm by folk head honcho Bob Dylan on his 2009 Christmas album 'Christmas In The Heart'.
Along the way you'll undoubtedly find some Irish Folk Christmas songs that you won't have heard before whether that be from Galway chancers the Saw Doctors and their 'Merry Christmas Tuam' or the notably reverential 'Bells Of Dublin/Christmas Eve' which deserves its moment amongst all the other seasonal classics. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll dance which is a pretty great approximation of the effect Christmas has on most of us.
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