This is the first of three 'Top 10' countdowns I'm planning for the Christmas season! Here are in my opinion the best 10 original Christmas tunes by Irish artists [excluding the very obvious Fairytale of New York!].
10. Bill Coleman - Sit With Me
Thanks to Aidan from Golden Plec I was introduced to this today and it's a great tune. Sit With Me is a heartfelt Christmas song which reminds you that life and all it's struggles continue through the Christmas period.
"So I won’t be back,
Goodbye my darling,
I will miss you so,
I am so sorry."
Sit With Me by bcoleman
9. Track Dogs - How Christmas Was Meant To Be
This is the current single from Spanish settlers Track Dogs. It's a typical Track Dogs number with the sound vocals from Garrett Wall and that wonderful trumpet elevating the song above the ordinary!
How Christmas Was Meant To Be by Track Dogs
8. Alien Envoy - Christmas in the City
This track appeared on the Alien Envoy album from last year called 'Nine Lives'. I love the vocals of Nick Kelly and the strings which add so much to the charm of the song. This video was recorded on December 30th 2009 upstairs in Whelans:
7. Shayne Thomas Byrne - Coming Home
'Coming Home' is not a Christmas song but it references coming home for Christmas so it gets into the list. 'Coming Home' is the album closer of Shayne's debut album released this year and it's a great song.
7 Coming Home by shaynebyrnemusic
6. Funzo - This Christmas
This track was the winner of Christmas FM’s ‘New Christmas Classic’ award in 2009. The song reminds me of the old Paul McCarty Christmas classics or even Jona Lewie's 'Stop The Cavalry'.
5. Séan Needham - A Child Could Save Us All
A song about the true meaning of Christmas that's actually good? This is a song written about being home in Donegal for Christmas and I love it!
Sean Needham - A Child Could Save Us All by 2uibestow
4. Emmett Tinley - Christmastreet
This is a beautifully written tune from former Prayer Boat singer. It's taken from the singer's 2005 debut solo album called 'Attic Faith'. Buy the album here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/emmetttinley
Emmett Tinley - Christmastreet by 2uibestow
3. Miss Paula Flynn - Happy Christmas, Valentine
A love song for Christmas? Yes and it's beautiful! I love the video too! There's even a hint of Jingle Bells at the end of the tune!
2. Declan O'Rourke - Christmas Wine
Declan released this single back in 2006 with Nina Kinert. It's beautifully sung and the lyrics are superb.
Declan O'Rourke - Christmas Wine (Acoustic) by 2uibestow
Buy the single here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-wine-single/id453436806
1. Mick Flannery - Christmas Past
The original version of this tune features Kate Walsh on vocals but in the video it's Lisa Hannigan providing the co-vocals. Again for me this song is all about the lyrics. There's no attempt at sloppy Christmas sentiments here, it's all about the anguish of love:
"Oh yeah I forgot this part
This is where you break my heart
You told me that you loved me then
Did you really mean it friend"