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Irish Music Blogger Niall Byrne Upgrades Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist

BY: TYLER CLARK | 3.13.2014 |

Irish Music Blogger Niall Byrne Upgrades Your St. Patrick’s Day PlaylistTastemaking Irish blogger behind Nialler9 shares St. Patrick’s Day-friendly tracks from The Frames, Thin Lizzy, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday, and with it comes an important message from Irish music blogger Niall Byrne: “There's more to Ireland than U2.” As the tastemaking writer behind Nialler9, Ireland’s most visited music blog, Byrne routinely champions current Irish bands that don’t fit the fiddle-heavy drinking-song mold cast by groups from The Dubliners to The Pogues.

In the spirit of Emerald Isle exploration, we asked Niall to craft a playlist showcasing some tunes worthy of this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day parties. From the chugging classic rock of Thin Lizzy to the chilled-out sound of ambient electronic producer Mmoths, he walks us through 10 picks that’ll make your next green beer taste even sweeter.

1. Thin Lizzy, “Jailbreak” – “Classic Irish rock at its best.”

2. I Am the Cosmos, “Take What You Want” – “Moody synth disco.”

3. Villagers, “The Waves” – “Sonically pushing songwriting from Conor O'Brien.”

4. Little Green Cars, “The John Wayne” – “Anthemic sing-along pop.”

5. Le Galaxie, “Love System” – “Pew pew. The sound of Irish music festivals shot through some ‘80s nostalgia.”

6. The Frames, “Fitzcarraldo” – “One of Glen Hansard and company's early standouts.”

7. Mmoths, “Heart” – “The guy behind this song was only 17 when he wrote it.”

8. Lisa O’Neill, “Dreaming” – “True modern Irish folk.”

9. The Gloaming, “The Sailor’s Bonnet” – “The sound of Irish trad today. Live, this song goes on for an incredible 10 minutes and is basically one of the best things ever.”

10. House of Pain, “Jump Around” – “Because nothing says Paddy's Day more than an American celebration of Ireland.”

Niall Byrne and Mmoths photos courtesy of Nialler9; Little Green Cars photo courtesy of the artist

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