The official #LIF2016 playlist

Image of Ciaran Lavery on guitar and Ryan Vail on keyboard performing their album Sea Legs.

Over the years, 14 to be exact, Liverpool Irish Festival has welcomed some wonderful musicians to the city. From Rusangano Family to Van Morrison, to Irish sessions in the Cali, to Ciaran Lavery, our appreciation and love of Irish music is as wild and diverse as the music is itself.

Liverpool and Ireland are brought together so sweetly in music, musicians exploring sounds, their culture, their identity, making friends and partnerships. Our ability to sit, write, listen, play, to dance and sing are just a  few of the cultural ties that twin us.

In 2016, we’ve invited one of the festival’s partners and friends, Mellowtone, to compile a Liverpool Irish Festival playlist. Featuring Liverpool and Irish artists, some who’ve played the city, some whose songs have inspired events, it reflects the rich diversity of Liverpool and Irish music.

Mellowtone says, “This playlist is curated by the Mellowtone friends and family. With selections from Mellowtone and the crew, artists on the label and our Ma’s and Da’s. We’ve chosen songs from our heads, our hearts and our histories.”

You can listen to the playlist here – it’s #LIF2016 on Spotify 

The full track list is;

Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
Sea Legs – Flow
Paul Brady – The Island
BP Fallon & David Holmes – Henry McCullough
The Prelude – Black Black
The Chieftans & Van Morrison – She Walked Through the Fair
Waterboys – All The Things She Gave Me
Dave O’Grady / Seafoam Green  – Whiskey
Lisa Hannigan – Snow
Van Morrison – TB Sheets
Damien Rice – Cannonball
The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
Them – Baby Please Don’t Go
Divine Comedy – National Express
Luka Bloom – Dead of Night
Fionn Regan – The Underwood Typewriter
Ryan Vail – Wounds
June Tabor – Where Are You Tonight
Van Morrison – Gypsy Queen
The Dubliners – The Old Alarm Clock
David Holmes – Whistlin Down the WInd
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Foy Vance – Bangor Town
Paul Brady – Arthur McBride
The Frames (Glen Hansard) – Revelate
Rusangano Family – Heathrow