“The Shamrock and the Thistle.”

Many of you know that I have a significant library of music, covering a wide range of genres. Music has always been important to me and, while I have over 7000 tracks currently on my pc, I have a large number of vinyl albums yet to be converted to digital.

Back in the 1960’s, and on a Saturday evening, I would often be found at a local pub …. upstairs in a room used by the Peterborough  Folk Club.  The entertainment there was generally very good. English Folk Music appealed because if its simplicity (totally acoustic), and that there was often some kind of message in the song.

I was recently converting  a few albums to digital, when I came across this one. It is interesting because both the Irish and the Scots have issues (historically based) with the English and, once they realized that they both shared similar feelings, were able to unite … at least in perspectives. The Corries are a duo (used to be trio) who explain it quite well.

The  song is about a couple of Irish guys who take the ferry over to Scotland in order to share Hogmanay (Scottish New Year celebration) with the Scots (both cultures have a reputation for partying!) They get their little “dig” in at the English towards the end! You even have the words to help you with the accent!

Enjoy a good fun song!

10 thoughts on ““The Shamrock and the Thistle.”

  1. I like the Irish style of the song. But since it may already be difficult for an English person to understand the words or the context, the more it is difficult for someone whose first language is not English… lol

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  2. I didn’t understand most of the terminology in the song, but it sounds like a good ol’ Irish folk song. Perhaps I’m misreading the culture, but it seems to me like the Irish and the Scots have a more irreverent and informal attitude about things, than the English.

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