Irish Rebel Music has been around for centuries. Songs like Come Out Ye Blacks and Tans or The Minstrel Boy depict events in the history of Ireland, usually rebellion, oppression, or the life of an Irish hero. Even songs about the San Patricio brigade from the Mexican-American War are considered rebel music.
These songs have always been popular in Ireland and in recent years, band have mixed more 'rock and roll' type instrumentation into the music.
I picked The Pogues song Streams of Whiskey for this week's song, mostly because of a discussion of the differences between Irish wiskey and Scotch wisky that I was a part of (that's a blog for another day). The song was written as a tribute to Irish Republican leader Dominic McGlinchey who was assassinated in 1994. He was a poet and playwright as well as a long-time member of the INLA.