Voices at Large

Selections For St. Patrick's Day

13 MAR 08 DAVID VIENNA

St. Patrick's Day is coming up and while some of you may celebrate the patron saint of Ireland by simply drinking a keg's worth of green beer, there are some other options available to you. Irish and Irish-themed music might be easier on your liver.

Try The Emerald Isles, for a start. The disc contains jigs and folk songs from Ireland including the Cincinnati Pops' rendition of "Danny Boy" and Scotsman David Russell's take on "Whiskey, You're The Devil." The Cincinnati Pops also deliver A Celtic Spectacular with guests such as the Chieftains, flutist James Galway and Irish tenor John McDermott.

If you're less concerned with the traditional fare, check out Remember Me by The Celtic Tenors -- Matthew Gilsenan, Niall Morris and James Nelson. Working with them are Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply. And yes, they do a version of "All Out Of Love." It's not a traditional Irish folk song, but definitely good to sing along with after that keg of green beer.

And speaking of green beer, I would be remiss if I didn't mention at least one good drinking album (not that Concord Music Group encourages that sort of behavior). St. Patrick's Day is, after all, one of my favorite libation-centric holidays along with Cinco de Mayo and a floating holiday invented by my mother-in-law called Vasco de Gama Day.

So, here's an unusual suggestion to go with that Jameson neat. Try the ground-breaking poetry of one of America's greatest boozers Charles Bukowski as he Reads His Poetry. Enjoy yourself and have a safe St. Patrick's Day.

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