Monday, March 24, 2008

A delayed St Patrick's Day treat (Great Drinking Songs [4])

I had wanted to post some classic Irish drinking songs for the big day last Monday, but YouTube was blocked in China for 9 days because of the recent unrest. Today (amazingly, mystifyingly!) it is restored to us, so.......

Here's an amusing homemade video to accompany The Dubliners' version of The Seven Drunken Nights.

Here's another video with the same version of the song, a stop-frame animation - not bad. And here's another version (not The Dubliners, but I'm not sure who the singer is) that has no pictures but does provide the lyrics.

And here's a marvellous vintage clip (from a Pete Seeger TV show of the early 1960s) of The Clancy Brothers performing perhaps the ultimate pissed singalong number, The Wild Rover. (Alas, I couldn't find The Pogues' version I mentioned last week.)

If you'd rather have The Dubliners singing it, they are here. And this is rather a fun clip of American Paddy band the Dropkick Murphys doing the song in a pub on St Pat's a year or two ago.

Ah, YouTube - it's good to have you back. Please don't go away again.

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