05 March 2012

Resurrection of Musical Mondays

In my effort to post more often, I feel like it's about time I brought back an old weekly feature: Musical Mondays. My original intention with this feature was to share a little smattering of what I've been so privileged to come in contact with in my 20 or so years heavily involved in music, both little known and old favorites alike.

And with St. Patrick's Day on the horizon, I feel it's only appropriate to start off with some great Irish Folk music.

For those unfamiliar with Northeastern Pennsylvania, you may not be aware of exactly what a big deal it is. Particularly in Scranton, where I spend most of my time, St. Patty's day is the ultimate holiday. It's a multi-week long celebration, with it's pinnacle happening the Saturday before the 17th. We know it only as "Parade Day." We don't even need to specify which parade, it's that big a deal.

Parade Day is basically Christmas in Scranton. And there are few songs which are basically considered the "Parade Day Carols". So the next two Musical Mondays will share just a few of my favorites.

First up, is Whiskey in the Jar, this version performed by the Dubliners.

And here's another Parade Day favorite, The Mermaid.

And our last selection for this Musical Monday is the Wild Rover. Simply a great tune.

I'll be back next monday with a few more selections for the Post-Parade Day wind down, and depending what kind of shenanigans I get into, possibly a Parade Day recap!


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