You can’t get much more Irish than the Clancy Brothers (even without Tommy Makem).
This song was written to stir souls against England. It recounts the sacrifice made by a young patriot, Roddy McCorley.
Most Irish ballads are about death or drinking. Some are about both, such as Finnegan’s Wake.
Perhaps one day someone will write a song that covers death, drinking and taxes, three topics that belong together.
However, let’s close this post with an angelic vocal rendering of Danny Boy by Judith Durham, formerly of the Seekers.