Danny Boy and the Music and Songs of Ulster (#734)

In this episode we take a musical trip around the nine counties of Ulster: Derry (Londonderry), Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan. Alongside the immortal "Danny Boy", we feature at least one tune or song from each of the counties.

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Danny Boy and the Music and Songs of Ulster (#734)

In this episode we take a musical trip around the nine counties of Ulster: Derry (Londonderry), Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan. Alongside the immortal “Danny Boy”, we feature at least one tune or song from each of the counties. I refer to a map while talking – and you can see that map below the episode. This episode of the Letter from Ireland podcast was based on an earlier Irish Heritage Radio show we broadcast only to Green Room members in 2020. Enjoy!

The counties within the province of Ulster – nine counties shown below outlined in red and mentioned in this episode:

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The Letter from Ireland Show is a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from our cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

Music Featured in this Show:

The following music was played in this show:

  • “Home to Donegal” performed by Daniel O’Donnell
  • “Thíos chois na trá domh” – performed by Clannad
  • “Danny Boy” – performed by Eva Cassidy
  • “Carrickfergus” – performed by Jim McCann
  • “My Lagan Love” – performed by Lisa Hannigan and The Chieftains
  • “Star of the County Down” – performed by Van Morrison and The Chieftains
  • “Boys from the County Armagh” – performed by Bridie Gallagher
  • “The Monaghan Jig” – performed by Dé Dannaan
  • “The Town of Ballybay” – performed by Paddy Reilly
  • “Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff” – performed by Brendan O’Dowda
  • “The Enniskillen Dragoon” – performed by The Furey Brothers
  • “Old Arboe” – performed by Foster and Allen

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Slán for now, Mike and Carina.

  • Trish says:

    Mike and Carina,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful music. Danny Boy brought me to tears as it usually does. My heart aches to travel back to Ireland. Covid has put a damper on that for a while. Your newsletter makes me feel better in the meantime.
    Trish Dolan

  • Loraine Goodhue says:

    I have loved your letters and the Pod Cast this morning was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and my favorite music. Hearing the song “Oh Danny Boy” was mine and my aunt’s favorite song, which I had to sing for her many years ago. From the green mountains of Vermont

  • Bob O'Halloran says:

    Really enjoyed it! Do you do all counties in this format?
    O’Halloran ancestors as you probably know tend to be Clare, Galway and some Limmerick for us in my family.
    Fun podcast! Thank you
    Bob O’H

  • Maureen M says:

    Great Show Thanks

  • Rayman Nicholson says:

    My ancestors “Nicholson” came from Limerick County Cork.

  • Jeanne Fairfield says:

    The muisc from the counties of Ulster was heartwarming and toe tapping. Thankyou!

  • Dennis Sullivan says:

    EXCELLENT COVERAGE OF MUSICAL AN GEGOGRAPHICAL PERSPECTIVES. THE INTERACTION BETWEEN IRELAND, WALES AND SCOTLAND AND FLAX, LINEN AND SHEEP TO SUPPORT LAND OWNERS AND OF COURSE WARM BODIES TO BUILD AN ARMY IS VERY CONMPLICATED OVER MANY CENTURIES. THE SAME THING IN NORTH AMERICA IT TAKES STUDY TO SEE THE FATAL ERRORS MADE BY THE BRITISH AND OTHER EUROPEAN POWERS. SOME WERE CLASSIC BLUNDERS. HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS CLEARER THAN FORESIGHT! GREAT PRESENTATION.

  • Alice Woodlief says:

    Loved this episode.

  • Gavin O'Hanlon says:

    Very well done, enjoyed it immensely.
    The O’Hanlon’s of Armagh have a lot of historical fame and infame here. Can’t wait to visit again.
    Gavin O’Hanlon, Brisbane Australia.

  • MARLENE B BOGGS says:

    Thank you for a wonderful Sunday episode! I’ve been learning to play the fiddle from OAIM ever since visiting Ireland in 2010. I hope to return someday and bring my fiddle with me and maybe play in a trad session. My dad always said my grandmother’s family from the Carolinas was Irish. He told of her “dancing a jig in the kitchen.” She died when I was only six. I’ve since found out that the family was Scots/Irish and had come from Northern Ireland early on in the 1700s but the predominant family name was Harrelson which is Scandinavian. One of these days I’m hoping to track it all down!

  • Timothy Mulcahy says:

    Great podcast thought it was spot on with the tour of the north.
    Tim Mulcahy
    Manchester Michigan USA

  • Dessie Collins says:

    Hi mike and carina, thank you for the lovely music, I’m from Drogheda, co’ Louth but I live in Texas now since 2018, my daughter and one of my sons have settled in Derry in the cookstown and magherafelt area I used to drive up there a lot lovely place to visit ☘️☘️

  • Sheilagh Driscoll says:

    My family and I love Garth. We’ve been following him for years. Knew his mom was Irish and he loves going over there to perform. If you can, get to one of his shows. They’re so much fun.

  • Donna Coad says:

    One of the best I have heard. Lots of interesting history and some very good music. I am not much for Jigs but Daniel O’Donnell, Enya, Jim McCann, Brendan O’Dowda and Oklahoma’s Garth Brooks are good.