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Craic agus Ceol: Traditional Irish Songs for Every Wedding

Ireland is known for many things - food, drink, nature, scenery...the list goes on and on. But one of the most celebrated Irish traits is the passionate and celebrated love for music, song and dance. 

It is rare that there is an Irish gathering or celebration that is not marked by the sound of instruments and singing, and Irish weddings are certainly no exception. From church to reception to dance floor, the day is complemented with the sound of music - anything from traditional Irish notes of classic melodies, to just good old fashioned party tunes. 

But there are a few essential Irish gems that hold resonance at Irish weddings, either at an essential end of the night sing-song, or as a floor filler which can usually lift even the most stubborn of sitters off their seats for a bop around the dance floor. Here are five that are sure to be included in an Irish wedding playlist:

Raglan Road

The words of Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh make this song a romantic favorite for an Irish wedding soundtrack.

 

Black is the Colour

Though not originally of Irish origin, this song holds special resonance at Irish get-togethers, especially Irish weddings where its beautiful melody and amorous lyrics go down a treat.

 

She Moved Through the Fair

Haunting and beautiful, this is an Irish wedding favourite, sung beautifully by both men and women and covered by many artists down through the years. Though the story it tells does not end happily, its mystical melodies and romantic sentiment ensure it’s always pulled out for the occasion.  

 

The Black Velvet Band

This jiggy little number is loved worldwide and an Irish party is never complete until it is sung, with everyone joining in for the chorus. It's especially popular at the end of a good wedding celebration!

 

Marie’s Wedding 

Upbeat and catchy, Marie’s Wedding is a classic Irish floor-filler at weddings - and fitting one too! Romantic and upbeat, it’s tune is infectious and a real mood lifter. Guests love a good bop to this one!

 

 

 

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