Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Trad Tuesday - Galway Girl as sung by the Elders

Galway Girl is not a traditional song in that it was written by Steve Earle around 2000. The story goes that he was living in Galway and fell into an unrequited love; hence the song. But it has become extremely popular in Ireland and around the world and was featured in the movie P.S. I Love You. I think it embodies everything that a traditional Celtic song is and I dare anyone to listen to it and not get it stuck in your head for a while.

It has been performed by many artists but this version is done by the Kansas City band, The Elders. The video was taken at Kilronan Castle in Roscommon on Halloween (note the costumes) while they were on tour in Ireland. The Elders are one of my favorite Celtic bands. They need to come perform in Maine soon - shout out to Steve Philips and Ian Byrne!