In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, and of course Twitter’s weekly #MusicMonday trend, here are some of my very favorite Irish and Celtic songs from some of the most beautiful and talented folk artists:

May It Be, from The Lord Of The Rings Soundtrack, by Ireland’s own Enya:

Loreena McKennitt presents Bonnie Portmore, which is a traditional Irish lament for the decimation of forests in Northern Ireland:

Moya Brennan, sister of Enya, is an Irish singer with an angelic voice. This is Hear My Prayer:

How can I leave out Scarborough Fair by yours truly?

The Bedlam Boys have arranged the traditional song, The Queen of All Argyle, which has a quaint Celtic melody:

This is by far my favorite song from Celtic Woman. It’s called, The Voice:

The Barnsley Nightingale, Kate Rusby, covers this exquisitely tragic ballad, I Am Stretched On Your Grave. It’s actually the song that first got me hooked on her music:

Another gorgeous track from The Lord Of The Rings, here’s Into The West by Annie Lennox:

And of course, one of my favorite Irish songs by a rather famous little Irish band. As their lead singer says, “Sing this with me. This is 40.”

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Be sure and share your favorite Irish and Celtic songs in the comments below.

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