Monday, March 12, 2012
What goes with green beer and corned beef? Why, a rousing Irish tune, of course! The only problem is, I'm about as Irish as chopsticks, so I wouldn't know where to look for good Irish music. In fact, I've been on the hunt for some toe-tapping Irish music for quite a while now. The only album I've managed to discover is Irish Heartbeat by Van Morrison and the Chieftains -- but that's all about to chance, thanks to Slacker Radio. They have a St. Patrick's Day Channel that features the best of Irish music, past and present, hand selected by the Flogging Molly band. Through this channel, Flogging Molly has shared the songs they love with Slacker listeners, along with commentary on the tracks that have inspired and influenced them the most.
It only took me three songs to fall in love with this channel, and with Slacker Radio. I first listened to the traditional I'll Tell Me Ma by The Young Dubliners, and loved it. I loved their next song even more: Follow Me Up to Carlow, also by The Young Dubliners. This one was definitely a modern song with strong Irish roots. I love the way the song fuses the modern electric guitar, fiddles and drums -- I can easily imagine people headbanging right alongside another group of people doing the Irish stepdance! Then I heard Drunken Lullabies by Flogging Molly, and my enchantment was complete. What a great station! And what a great idea, asking an Irish band to curate a St. Paddy's Day station :) I'm listening to the station now -- it's playing Up Against the Buachalawns, by my original favorite Irish band, The Chieftains. I always knew I had good taste, and the fact that The Chieftains are featured on this station is proof :)
Tune in to Slacker's St. Patrick's Day channel from now until March 17, then keep it playing all day -- it's all you need to get into the spirit of the holiday, and the easiest way to get your St. Paddy's Day party guests in a festive mood!
About Slacker's St. Paddy's Day channel
Slacker, Inc. today launched St. Patrick’s Day Radio in celebration of the upcoming holiday. Hand-programmed and hosted by members of the iconic band Flogging Molly, this free station pays tribute to Irish music spanning the decades.
St. Patrick’s Day Radio on Slacker is the perfect soundtrack for St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Hundreds of hand-selected tracks are accompanied by exclusive commentary from members of Flogging Molly. Bands and artists featured on St. Patrick’s Day Radio include Sharon Shannon, Christy Moore, The Dubliners and Dropkick Murphys.
St. Patrick's Day Radio can be found in Slacker's Seasonal station category or via this direct link: http://www.slacker.com/station/st-patricks-day
Win a trial subscription to Slacker Radio's premium services
Feeling the luck of the Irish? Slacker Radio is giving three lucky Bonggamom Finds readers the chance to try out their premium subscription services!
* 1 reader will receive a three-month subscription to Slacker Premium
* 2 readers will each receive a one-month subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus
Head on over to Slacker Radio's St. Patrick's Day channel, enjoy listening to their songs, then leave a comment on this post with a song or artist featured on that channel that you enjoyed. This entry must be completed before any extra entries will count.
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry with a way to verify the entry (i.e. tweet link, blog post link, Facebook id, Twitter id, etc.).
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4) Follow @bonggafinds on Twitter and tweet this, up to once per day until March 17 (max 6 extra entries):
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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on March 27, 2012; I will draw 3 winners at random on March 28 and post their names after they confirm acceptance. Winners are responsible for any additional costs should they wish to continue their Slacker Radio subscriptions. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!
Disclosure: Slacker Radio has provided me with a temporary subscription to Slacker Premium for review purposes. Thanks to Slacker Radio for providing the giveaway prizes. Product/service information is provided by Slacker Radio and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.
Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.