It’s a holiday now associated with partying, parading, and downing pints of stout. St Patrick’s Day of old was a religious festival celebrated throughout Ireland to honour its patron saint.

The music and art of Ireland has long been admired across the globe and from old traditional ballads to modern songs of the working man, the tunes continue to celebrate that richly woven, complex tapestry of a life torn between the love of the Lord and the lust for the liquor.

As you prepare for St Patrick’s Day on 17th March, wherever you are or however Irish you are, enjoy these tunes handpicked by Folk and Tumble. Tunes are on us, the Guinness is on you.