The best of Irish music

Just to get you all ready for St Patrick’s day, I have compiled some of what I think is the best Irish music.

Little known Irish performers

They were little know basically because no one on the emerald isle wanted to claim them.Call me a big old soft but I actually didn’t mind the songs they sang.


Baltimora was an Italian group active in the 1980s. They are often considered a one-hit wonder in the United Kingdom and the United States due to the success they experienced with “Tarzan Boy” compared to their other singles. In other European countries, including their native Italy, the group enjoyed more success.

They may have been based in Italy but the singer and front man was a certain Jimmy McShane from Derry.

D:Ream is a Northern Irish pop rock and dance group. They had a UK #1 hit with “Things Can Only Get Better” in 1994 as well as eight more top 40 hits. They released two albums, both of which reached the UK top five.


The group had an all-male line-up which varied in number, but mainly centred on lead singer Peter Cunnah. The live band included keyboard player Brian Cox, who is now a professor of physics and a television presenter; although Cunnah, as the only official member, normally played keyboards (along with all other instruments) on studio recordings.


Boy George was born George Alan O’Dowd in Eltham, London, on 14 June 1961, to Jeremiah and Dinah O’Dowd, and had four brothers and one sister.


He may have been born in London but his parents came from Cahir in Co.Tipperary. Rumor has it that when George was a teenager his dad told him “You’re a Boy George” the name stuck.


Mama’s Boys were a 1980s hard rock/heavy metal group from County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland featuring the three McManus brothers Pat, a.k.a. “The Professor”, (guitar and occasionally fiddle), John (bass and vocals), Tommy (drums). Later in their career they became a four-piece adding Rick Chase on vocals in 1985 who was later replaced by Keith Murrell in 1987 due to Rick’s ill-health. Keith was later replaced with Mike Wilson in 1989.


Although I expect Rock aficionado will probably know they were Irish.