Fire and Water Records: A Very Daly St. Patrick’s Day

TOP O' THE MORNING TO YE LISTENERS of the Fire and Water Podcast Network! The Ò Daláigh Brothers reunite for a special celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Join Ryan and Neil as they share a few of their favorite songs from bands or artists from Ireland.

Track list

  1. "The Night Pat Murphy Died" by Gaelic Storm
  2. "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in its Spotlight)" by Thin Lizzy
  3. "Runaway" by The Corrs
  4. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor
  5. "I Don't Like Mondays" by The Boomtown Rats
  6. "Let Me Know" by Roisin Murphy
  7. "9 Crimes" by Damien Rice
  8. "Daffodil Lament" by The Cranberries
  9. "A Rainy Night in SoHo" by The Pogues
  10. "Bad" by U2

Additional music clips: "Shipping Up to Boston" by The Dropkick Murphys; "O'Sullivan's March" by The Chieftains

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10 responses to “Fire and Water Records: A Very Daly St. Patrick’s Day

  1. I probably came to I Don’t Like Mondays through Tori Amos too, and specifically because it was used to cover the White House reacting to a school shooting on The West Wing. Major tearjerker. I knew it was a cover, but thanks for giving all that background. I didn’t realize it was ACTUALLY about that!

    As usual, a nice mix of new discoveries and old favorites.

    There’s often an Irish vibe in a lot of Canadian music – a lot of Irish immigrants, close roots in the Atlantic Provinces especially, but I think just the types of instruments/eras of migration create a soundscape for the Mosaic – up to and including what I call homegrown Neo-Celtic bands that sounds like they come from the other side of the Pond. Apparently, if “Take Me Home” by Spirit of the West plays somewhere in the world, you can tell how many Canadians were in the place from the reaction. But I take it, it’s not really known elsewhere? Best damn Irish song by a Canadian band, anyway.


    1. Since I’ve never gotten the chance to correct you on something I have to take advantage now. It wasn’t a school shooting on The West Wing; it was a pipe bomb explosion at a fictional college in Iowa. (Season 4 episode 2: “20 Hours in America, Part II”)

  2. Great episode fellas. I wasn’t aware of some of the artists, or the songs, so thanks for broadening my horizons. I was unware of the Prince/Sinhead riff, but after the discussion, I looked into it. Bizarre to say the least. The Prince estate even blocked her from using the song in a documentary she particpated in shortly before her death. Yeesh.

  3. I did not expect a pod about Irish bands to make me envision a version of 12 Angry Men where every character was played by a famously ridiculous accent. Del Toro from Usual Suspect. Martin Short from Father of the Bride. Bronson Pinchot from…well..anything….

    I enjoyed this episode a lot, and was familiar with most of these.

    I was one of those “maybe I have a smidgen of Irish in me but I’ll pretend I was born in Belfast on St. Patrick’s Day” people in my twenties. And like you noted, the 90s had this kind of awakening for appreciating the Irish.

    I also had an Irish housemate who is one of my closest friends, and I couldn’t escape Irish music and culture if I tried. If I had a nickel for every time he told me “corned beef and cabbage isn’t really Irish” I’d have enough to fill a sack to hit him with the next time he says it. And I’ve eaten Irish food. You’d be lucky to have corned beef over there. You boil ribs Martin!!! Boiled Ribs!!!!

    Anyway, your discussions about the songs and your anecdotes makes this one of my favorite shows to listen to. Always feels like I’m listening to a casual conversation.

    If I were to add some tunes to the list

    Luka Bloom – “Delirious” (but the entire Riverside album is a masterpiece as far as I’m concerned.)

    “I Useta Love Her” by The Saw Doctors played out of the jukebox in our local Irish pub all through my twenties.

    I love the cover of “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” by Them

    The Chieftains do a cover of “Long Journey Home” a song Elvis Costello wrote for a documentary about The Irish in America that the filmmaker said he wrote in ten minutes at his kitchen table.

    Lastly, I know you included a Sinead O’Connor song, but I have to add a beautiful live version of “This is a Rebel Song” which is written as an abusive relationship between an English man and an Irish woman as an allegory for the conflict in Northern Ireland. She sings this so beautifully and reaches such a crescendo that whenever I think of Irish music, I think of this performance.

  4. Great episode!

    I was familiar with some of the songs more than others but all were great selections. I was familiar with “The Night Pat Murphy Died” via Great Big Sea, whom I mentioned in our covers episode. They also do a rendition of the song “The Old Black Rum” that I highly recommend.

    The Thin Lizzy song was giving off “The Wild, The Innocent, and The E Street Shuffle” vibes, which was nice.

    “A Rainy Night in Soho” is an absolutely beautiful song and the line “You’re the measure of my dreams” is a line that is permanently with me.

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