St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and we welcome all our listeners of Irish descent (as well as those who become Irish for the day) to celebrate the holiday in Pandora style!
As many know, St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. It is named after St. Patrick (c. AD 385-461) and commemorates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. It has since gradually become more of a secular celebration of “Irishness” and Irish culture.
For our Pandora listeners down under, St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in New Zealand and Australia. The Irish made a large impact on the social, political and educational systems of both countries, due to the large numbers of Irish people that immigrated to the colonies.
So whether your feasting with some Irish stew, indulging in green beer, attending a parade or just wearing green, we invite you to enjoy this year’s St. Patrick’s Day with stations curated by the “leprechaun curators” at Pandora:
Put on St. Patrick’s Day along with your green to enjoy a mix of St. Patty’s Day favorites from traditional Celtic folk music and Sea Shanties, to pub favorites and sing-a-longs. Artists include: Altan, The Dubliners, Loreena McKennitt and The Pogues.
On our Celtic station you’ll hear the traditional and Celtic influenced music of Ireland and Scotland, including instrumental and vocal artists performing favorite Irish tunes. Artists include: Lunasa, Gaelic Storm, Celtic Woman and The Chieftains.
Get your green on with the boozy punk energy and Celtic style of Irish Pub Rock. Turn up Irish Pub Rock for rockin’ rowdy sing-a-longs at your St. Patrick’s Day party. Artists include: Flogging Molly, The Dropkick Murphys, The Blaggards and The Pogues.
Ireland is not only famous for traditional and folk music but Irish artists have played a major role in Rock and Pop. Celebrate St. Paddy’s day with a variety of Irish pop artists from the 80s to today on Irish Pop. Artists include: The Script, U2, The Corrs, Snow Patrol, Damien Rice and The Cranberries.
What’s your favorite St. Paddy’s Days song?
St. Paddy’s Day O’ Fun Facts:
Longest running St. Patrick’s Day celebration: Boston, Massachusetts, since 1737
The “greenest” celebrations: Some cities paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green. Others, including Chicago, dye major rivers green. Savannah also dyes its downtown city fountains green.
It wasn’t always green? Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! In the 19th century, however, green came to be used as a symbol for Ireland.
We at Pandora hope you enjoy our St. Patrick’s Day stations this year. And, with that, I’ll leave you with a traditional Irish toast: ”May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”
-Ron O’Nenni (Curation Team)