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Old 02-27-2014, 08:47 AM
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Songs to Cover for St. Patrick's Day Gigs

So we have a couple of St. Patrick's day gigs and I was wondering what everyone covered?

We're looking to pick up a few tunes to make everyone happy.

We do Shipping Up to Boston so far, probably need a couple of more.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:47 AM
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Check the Pogues catalogue. Streams of Whiskey, Bottle of Smoke, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, White City, Poor Paddy on the Railway (Check out a live version). I'd be psyched to see a band cover any of these!
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:49 AM
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I would definitly do a couple of Korpiklaani songs. Just about half their songs are about alcohol. They're sort a hard rock/folk/metal blend. In particular, Vodka would probably be a crowd pleaser. Just don't make the crowd drink every time they hear you say vodka
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:53 AM
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Ha, there's no making these people drink. At these gigs people can hardly stand by the time we roll in to play.

I'm actually going to see Flogging Molly tonight. Wish we could cover some of their tunes but there's too much extra instrumentation to do them justice.
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Just play Freebird a bunch of times, drunk people wont be able to tell the difference...

I don't know, do you think you guys could pull off some Flogging Molly?
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Street Dogs - Tobe's got a drinking problem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfK8wngG0MQ
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Whiskey In The Jar-O.

And anything by The Dropkick Murphys. Maybe some U2.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:23 AM
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Spent many years in a celtic rock band. A tune I always wanted to play on March 17th is Aftermath by the band Orealis. Hadrians Wall covered it (check them out on iTunes as well). It's about a night of carousing and the inevitable morning after. Easy tune and would be perfect towards the end of the last set, before a ripping closer.

It doesn't seem to be on YouTube any more but it is on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, etc.

Love the next to last verse (full lyrics):
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Aftermath, by Orealis

Sleet and snow are falling on the dirty city streets
Bitter wind is blowing on the main
I duck my head into the wind and turn the other cheek
St Paddy's Day has been and gone again

The songs flowed with the whisky and the fiddler took the floor
People danced to good old Irish reels
We sang "The Lakes of Pontchartrain" and Paddy's shamrock shore
When all was done the crowd called out for more

And now we'll go a roving, we'll dance into the night
We'll shout and sing and down the streets we'll roam
We'll make the rounds of late night bars
We'll drink until daylight
Carouse until the cows are coming home

We'll drop into Antigone, stop off at La Cabane,
We'll raise our glasses and have another round,
Then we'll go trippin' up the stairs, There by the stop and sound
Then God forbid we'll maybe head downtown

And now we'll go a roving, we'll dance into the night
We'll shout and sing and down the streets we'll roam
We'll make the rounds of late night bars
We'll drink until daylight
Carouse until the cows are coming home

So darling don't wait up for me, I won't be home till when
Tomorrow I'll be in that fragile way
I'll sleep till noon or maybe two, then rise to face the day
And take that vow "Not till next Paddy's Day"

And now we'll go a roving, we'll dance into the night
We'll shout and sing and down the streets we'll roam
We'll make the rounds of late night bars
We'll drink until daylight
Carouse until the cows are coming home
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Have fun at the gig - St. Patricks Day is always a good time!
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:32 AM
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Kiss Me Im s#$tfaced by Dropkick Murphys
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Just play Freebird a bunch of times, drunk people wont be able to tell the difference...

I don't know, do you think you guys could pull off some Flogging Molly?
I saw 2 guys do Devils Dance Floor acoustic. You could pull it off.
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'Fields of Athenry'----I've heard many bands do this in a punky, up-tempo fashion
traditional---
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLZRWNdGCUc
punk---
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Hqy8n3BcqA

'What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor'---
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGyPuey-1Jw
in the 2nd verse, substitute "balls" for "belly" for a more ribald audience

speaking of a naughty sea chanty, here's one of my favorites...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yzleePVgrc

another classic(and there are rocked out versions as well)...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzhAp_5F7RY

here's another good'un...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2VayTZ_gPo

this is a shameless plug for my friend's band...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDm34GsnveY

whatever you do, DON'T forget "Danny Boy"!
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"La Bamba"
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Van Morrison anything , chicks will dance
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:52 PM
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And you can always throw in a couple limericks between songs. Short and funny.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:02 PM
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We get the best results with songs that have an "audience participation" element.

Fields of Anthenry has already been mentioned
Wild Rover is another that goes over well
Seven Drunken Nights is fun and you can add your own naughty lyrics if desired.
Do Virgins Taste Better ? is another fun one.

Good Luck and have a pint o'Guinness lad,
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:50 AM
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Galway Girl by Steve Earle (and even better known in Ireland by Mundy) is my go to song for St. Paddy's. It's not a regular in our set list, but on St. Patrick's Day every semi-Irish person in the bar goes wild for it.
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:47 AM
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When Irish Eyes are Smiling
Danny Boy
The Ballad Of Aidan McAnespie
Molly Malone
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral
O'Rafferty's Motor Car
Whiskey in the Jar

All arranged in the style your band plays.
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