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Shamrock Edition: A Treasure Trove Of Free Irish Music Downloads [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 10-03-2014

You’ve got one week to stock up on St. Patrick’s Day music and drinking songs. Sound Sunday gets you started with Irish folk, rock, and some instrumental and electronic music. Find St. Patrick’s Day themed playlists at the end of this article. Sláinte!



Genre: acoustic, folk

Genre: celtic, gaeilge, acoustic, live

Genre: comedy, pop

Genre: chamber, pop, folk, rock

Irish Folk

Genre: acoustic, folk, pop, rock


Being from Texas, the Oh Hellos are not really an Irish band. Their debut EP, however, draws inspiration from traditional Irish folk songs. “The EP begins by confronting the difficulties of love and freedom and ends by embracing them.”
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: alternative, indie, folk

This isn’t Pearse’s first appearance on Sound Sunday, but this is the last of his free albums. A collection of demos, radio sessions, and otherwise unreleased material; almost forgotten, haunting songs.

Genre: acoustic, celtic, folk, rock, country

Enda Reilly makes Climate Change sound fun. He addresses planet Earth’s meltdown, greenhouse gases, and footprints and while his words carry little humor, the songs are comical. It’s all in the music.

Genre: folk, bluegrass, country, stomp

A dubious septet not to be trusted, [The Drunken Poachers] poach the tunes of others and after a white-wash of their brand of Irish-blue-grass-country, they declare what never belonged to them, their own. Banjo, gee-tah, ukulele,mandolin, Irish fiddle, uke bass, lagerphone.
Source: Bandcamp

Green Rock

Genre: gaeilge, rock


Seo Linn recently landed a hit by covering Avicii’s Wake Me Up in Gaelic. The YouTube video collected over 3.5 million views and counting. The band is regarded as one of Ireland’s most exciting young bands. If you happen to be in Ireland next weekend, see them live at Féile an Earraigh.

Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock

“This ep pretty much floored me on the first listen, so catchy and awesome.” ~Peter Noone
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: electronic, instrumental, experimental, rock, post-rock, math rock

The Dublin-based band of four weave fragments of electronica, jazz, and contemporary composition into their experimental rock music.

Genre: experimental, rock

Green Cross is a Leprechaun-inspired rock band consisting of two brothers named Chris and David Green. The band’s name is derived from Scott’s line in the Leprechaun 3 hospital scene, “Do ya take Green Cross?” Their love for The Leprechaun Horror film franchise is unmatched and represented well in their own discography.
Source: Bandcamp

Instrumental Electronic Compilation

Genre: alternative, ambient, electronic, dubstep, compilation


The Loud Mouth Collective is a Dublin-based platformfor progressive musicians, producers, and other artists. The compilation presents 15 artists from their roaster, blending a range of genres and showcasing their collective work.

St. Patrick’s Day Music Playlists

For a jolly collection of drinking songs, have a look at this YouTube playlist.

If you have Spotify, give this list of 100 Of The Best St. Patrick’s Day Songs a try. Otherwise, you can fall back on the St. Patrick’s Day Playlist on YouTube.

What would you like to see featured on Sound Sunday? All suggestions are incorporated! Share feedback and input in the comments, get in touch with me @TinaSieber on Twitter, or email tina at this domain.

Related topics: Download Management, Indie Music, Music Album, Sound Sunday.

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  1. Robert K
    March 11, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Oh HELL YEAH!!

    I've been waiting for this genre of Sound Sunday music for practically an eternity!

    As always, thanks a million, Tina, but thanks time, thanks a BILLION!

    Have a fantastic week!

    • Tina S
      March 11, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Why did you never say anything!? :)

    • Robert K
      March 11, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Hahaha; I guess I never bothered asking because I always figured you'd put this edition out around the time of the "appropriate holiday", which you did (so, again, thanks). :-P

      Also, have you by any chance done an Irish-themed Sound Sunday in any previous editions? I tried a few Google searches, but nothing seemed to turn up... If you did, by chance, I would be forever in your debt (well, maybe not, but I would be quite appreciative) if you could please point me to the page(s) for them.

      P.S. - Could you please edit the surname on my last comment to just show the "K" for my last name, instead of the full last name? Thanks.

    • Tina S
      March 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I haven't done an Irish themed Sound Sunday until now. I have included Irish artists before, Pearse McGloughlin for example, but I don't tag albums with origins, so there's no easy way to find them.

      Anyway, glad you enjoyed this edition! :)