I am so glad you spoke up Kevin...it irks me endlessly that people have so sneer at our music, which basically we only sing once a year...but those are the songs that I learned from my father...Dear Old Donegal, MacNamara's Band, Jim O'Shea...it is really really insulting when people go on about the music on St. Patrick's Day. They have 364 other days to listen to whatever. I would never consider telling Italian-Americans what to listen to on Columbus Day...Well, that is not what they sing in Italy...so?????
It is music that has been passed down. It was passed down by people who had survived a terrible famine, where they literally turned green, passages on coffin ships, tenement housing, jobs that killed them, awful discrimination. If it is good enough for them it is good enough for me.
p.s. Anyway I like it.