Raglan Road

Raglan Road is a well-known Irish song. It was originally a poem by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh (first published around 1946). It was put to music by Luke Kelly in the early 1970s. Kelly used the tune from an old Irish traditional song called “The Dawning of the Day”, or Fáinne Geal an Lae as it was originally published (by Edward Walsh in 1847).

There’s many versions of this song out there to pick from for inspiration. While I don’t really like how Van Morrison seemed to detour quite a bit from the original, I couldn’t help listening to it.

However, I stuck closer to the original, but a lot faster than Kelly’s version.

You will see from the video here I had a little help on the whistle for this version. Xander knew I was struggling and offered to help out. 😁

Even though I’m legit Irish, I still seem to make an effort to look extra Irish in my Irish music videos. Haha.

I’ll Tell My Ma

I wasn’t really planning to record this one, but Xander took a liking to it and had been singing it for weeks. I wasn’t sure how the recording process would work with a 5 year old, but I think he did a superb job, even though he told me it was a bit fast for him.

This is a old song that I had believed was of Irish origins, but based on Wikipedia it seems it may have started in England, and then was adopted (and adapted) by the neighboring countries.

Wild Mountain Thyme

This one came together better than I expected. It’s a cover of an old Irish (with even older Scottish origins) folk song called “Wild Mountain Thyme”.

My guitar part was already tracked when I thought about trying to add something else. Then I found a D whistle hiding in a drawer. I can’t even remember why I have it, or where it came from, but I’ve held on to it for years. Maybe for this very moment. 😉

One problem though — I’d recorded the guitars in Eb.

Fortunately, D is only a half-step down, so no major impact vocally. I recorded the guitar parts again in D, one with capo and one without.

It took quite a few takes to get the whistle sounding how I liked it, but I love how it turned out, especially when I added a little bit of reverb.

I have a few more Irish songs planned now, and I hope they are all in D.