St. Patrick's Day

Songs of the Troubles

Mar 9, 2015

Songs are more than just words and musical notes. They are a reflection of the people who sing them. And people in conflict create songs of conflict.

Songs of the Troubles is a musical exploration of the conflict in Northern Ireland. The program contains several rare recordings that even the most ardent Celtic fan hasn't heard. All the while delving deep into the context of Irish folk music and giving listeners fresh insight into the rich music tradition.

Join us this Sunday, March 15 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Ryan Delaney / WRVO

It’s said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. In Syracuse, that’s a little truer. A sixth of the population claims to be of Irish ancestry, more than any other city in New York state.

It was the potato famine in Ireland and the rise of the salt industry in central New York both happening in the mid-1800s that brought so many Irish people to the city, according to Dennis Connors, curator of the Onondaga Historical Association.