I was organizing a bit of a celebration of Irish poets for St. Patrick’s Day at my school, and I figured I might contribute by singing a tune or two. Really, I was only going to do an a capella version of “The Auld Triangle”–the wonderful song/poem from Brendan Behan’s play The Hostage.And “The Auld Triangle” was in my mind because I had decided to sing it tonight (the 17th) at Steven’s Green. My old band was playing there and I usually get up and do one or two songs with them. And “The Auld Triangle” was what I was thinking.
When a colleague e-mailed to ask if he could bring a penny whistle to the poetry thing I told him my plans. He wasn’t familiar with the tune, but said he would look it up on YouTube. I don’t know what he found–Luke Kelly’s version with the Dubliners is the first hit–but I went and found this Ceiliuradh (celebration) from 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall.
This video captures everything that should be celebrated about being Irish: it is cross-generational, it revels in its history, it enjoys itself and others. The camaraderie among the players–Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady (all once members of Planxty), Imelda May, John Sheehan from the Dubliners, Lisa Hannigan, Glen Hansard, Elvis Costello, Conor O’Brien from Villagers–is infectious and joyful. But moreso it is the audience–an audience joyously celebrating its heritage in the “veddy-proper” Royal Albert Hall.
I watched the video three times and became more choked up with each viewing. Happy St. Patrick’s Day–watch the video here.
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happy paddy’s day john… love your blogs. saw moving hearts in glasgow last month! m x
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Thank you so much. It means a lot. Joined the old band tonight and sang three songs. It was a good night of music. Thanks again for reading.
Looking forward to seeing you there John. It would be great if your pal could bring his penny whistle. I’ve got the song down in G! It would be a pleasure to share part of this wonderful day with you!
And so you will John! See you this afternoon T
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Have a great day JP !