Worldwide celebrations are underway as we all “get our Irish on!” The Feast of St. Patrick dates back over 1000 years, and since that time we’ve updated the celebrations to include corned beef, cabbage, coddle and Irish libations. WABE Music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart shared some of his favorite festive Irish music to usher in the holiday.
“March 17 is the feast day of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. He hails from the 4th century in Roman Britain, was kidnapped into slavery when he was a teen and brought to Ireland. It was St. Patrick who introduced Christianity to the Irish, used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity, and allegedly sent all the snakes slithering away from the island,” said Stewart.
He continued, “Naturally, it was Americans who converted a largely religious holiday into a party. We have evidence of a parade in what is now St. Augustine, Florida in 1601, and records of celebrations in Boston and New York in the 1700s eventually grew from there.”
Stewart’s St. Patrick’s Day playlist:
- Rory Dall O’Cahan’s composition “Give Me Your Hand”
- Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony
- Joan Trimble’s “Suite for Strings“
- Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry”
- Percy Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore”
- James Galway’s “Irish Medley”
- Charles Villers Stanford’s “The Bluebird”
- Michael McClynn’s “Geantrai”
- The jig from “Six Irish Fantasies” by Charles Villers Stanford
- “Irish Party in Third Class” from Titanic, soundtrack by the late James Horner