March 17, 2008, - 6:16 pm

On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Music My Father Loved

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Check Out More Good Irish Music by Dropkick Murphys Here ****
My late father, H.L. Schlussel MD, loved Irish music. When we (my sisters and brother and I) were little, he would play us music from his collection of “Irish Rovers,””Clancy Brothers,” and “The Chieftains” music.
And while I can’t listen to his collection until the 1-year anniversary of his death (under Jewish law, the year-long mourning period prohibits listening to music among other things), I was looking at some of his old albums, tapes, and CDs. Among them, there are these that you might like if you like Irish music:
* The Clancy Bros. & Tommy Makem–Self-titled (songs include “Paddy Doyle’s Boots”)
* Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem and Their Families–”Irish Folk Airs
* The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem–”Irish Songs of Rebellion
* The Chieftains 9–”Boil the Breakfast Early
* The Chieftains–Self-titled
And my dad had much more. He loved listening to this stuff and took me to see the Irish-Canadian group, “Leahy,” in Canada. I still have the self-titled Leahy cassette he bought me (it was pre-CD).
Here’re a few videos, including this, my favorite, Leahy & The Chieftains–Now, This is Irish Music . . .


Chieftains & Ziggy Marley. . .

Irish Rovers . . .

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4 Responses

Thanks for the music as I love Irish music.Your father had great taste.

Tamster on March 17, 2008 at 7:16 pm

When we lived in Detroit we always listened to JP McCarthy on WJR to hear party with Irish Rovers. It was a great time.

jkcornell on March 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm

The Pogues are good too.

lexi on March 17, 2008 at 7:27 pm

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem rule I listen to their CD’s all the time. A good first CD in that same mold is The High Kings. Finbarr Clancy is in the group. 2 great compilation CD’s w/ The Clancy Bros. and Tommy Makem is called Irish Drinking Songs and Luck of the Irish. Mr. Moses Ri-Tooral-I-Ay is pretty apropos in this instance.
Tommy Makem just recently passed R.I.P.

OneIrishJew on March 17, 2008 at 10:32 pm

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