Songs to Cover for St. Patrick's Day Gigs

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  1. mpm32

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    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.
     
  2. strummer21

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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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    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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    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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    Whiskey In The Jar-O.

    And anything by The Dropkick Murphys. Maybe some U2.
     
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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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    Kiss Me Im s#$tfaced by Dropkick Murphys
     
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    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---


    whatever you do, DON'T forget "Danny Boy"!
     
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    Van Morrison anything , chicks will dance :)
     
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    And you can always throw in a couple limericks between songs. Short and funny.
     
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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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    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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    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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