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The Irish of the Union Pacific Railroad inspired the famous American folk song which was called "Poor Paddy, He Work On the Railroad."
One of the stanzas of this song is:
Then drill, my Paddies, drill-
Drill, my heroes, drill,
Drill all day, no sugar in your tay,
Working on the U.P. railway.
The Bodhrán is an Irish drum. The Irish word 'Bodhar' means deaf or haunting. The Bodhrán began as a skin tray used for drawing turf (peat) on the bogs.It stirs the spirit when played with the "tipper" or beater hitting the skin in a racing style while a hand presses the back of the skin to vary the tone.
The "Rose of Tralee" is a legend that is based upon a true story. William Pembroke Muttanagh loved a young girl named Mary O'Connor. Because they were from different caste systems, they were unable to be together. William's parents sent him off to war. He returned home from war with the intention of asking Mary to marry him. Instead, he met up with her funeral procession. He wrote "The Rose of Tralee" for Mary.
Because Celtic music does not get much radio airplay in America, it is often difficult to make selections of Celtic CDs to buy. The best, most extensive and most complete source for Celtic music reviews (and other types of folk or military music) is Rambles Webzine (www.rambles.net/music_ reviews.html). Here, reviewers give qualified, honest and in-depth opinions on Celtic musical selections. An extensive variety of music is reviewed here, including traditional Celtic folk, Gaelic, bagpipe, Celtic fiddle, Irish rock, Irish folk, funerary, and modern Irish, to name a few.