To celebrate one of the biggest party days of the year, Square 1 Studios has put together five albums for St. Patrick’s Day certain to get you into the spirit. Enjoy the top five below.
The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem – Come Fill Your Glass With Us (1959)
Not only is this essential music to fill your glass to, this is essential folk music that is absolutely timeless. Limited to warm voices, guitar, and a tin whistle, these guys are just here to have some fun, make simple music, spin some tales, and have some drink.
You don’t have to be a drinker to enjoy Come Fill Your Glass With Us, just being a music fan will do nicely.
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
Sublime. The sound of a million lazy summer’s days that passed you by. Perfect in every sense of the word, especially the title track, sucks the listener into a glorious world of swing, soul, jazz and poetry. Never bettered, then or now.
Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous (1977)
A classic live album that really captures the essence of Phil Lynott and the rest of Thin Lizzy. The band are unbelievably tight and the energy in the tunes is incredible. A Brilliant masterpiece that every serious rock fan should own.
The Pogues – If I should Fall From Grace With God (1988)
The Pogues finest hour here. Lots of great songs with a wide variety, though the whole thing has of course that Irish folk thing going. It mixes up upbeat numbers with slower tempo ballads. Thank God Shane McGowan has better songwriting skills than dental hygiene!
The Divine Comedy – A Short Album About Love (1997)
A woefully overlooked album in the Divine Comedy back catalogue, A Short Album About Love is another absolute classic from the group. Providing exactly what it says in the title – seven songs on love from radically different perspectives.