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Bluegrass music has always included Irish reels, jigs and hornpipes (fiddle tunes) which can be played on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate bluegrass music’s Irish heritage.

And there are quite a few Irish bluegrass (or “celtgrass”) bands like We Banjo 3, I Draw Slow and JigJam which can be featured on your St. Patrick’s Day show. And of course, pretty much anything by Tim O’Brien and Mark O’Connor will be perfect.

A few other ideas:

  • A Walk in the Irish Rain
    • California “Traveler” (Sugar Hill)
  • Big Island Hornpipe
    • Bryan Sutton “Bryan Sutton and Friends” (Sugar Hill)
  • Colleen Malone
    • Hot Rize “Take It Home” (Sugar Hill)
    • Larry Sparks “Special Delivery” (Rebel)
  • Crossing the Briney
    • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder “Instrumentals” (Skaggs Family)
  • Danny Boy
    • Bill Monroe (Decca/MCA/Bear Family)
    • New Coon Creek Girls “Our Point of View” (Pinecastle)
    • Jim Hurst “Second Son” (Pinecastle)
    • Steve Kaufman “Stylin'” (Sleeping Bear)
    • Band of Ruhks “Band of Ruhks” (101 Ranch)
  • Down the Old Plank Road (albums, Volumes 1 and 2)
    • The Chieftains (Sony Music)
  • Dublin Blues
    • Druha Trava and Peter Rowan “New Freedom Bell” (Compass)
    • Newtown “Time Machine” (Mountain Home)
  • Durang’s Horpipe
    • Adam Steffey “One More for the Road” (Sugar Hill)
  • Emerald Isle
    • Bluegrass Etc. “Home is Where the Heart Is” (Tricopolis)
  • Fighting Irishman
    • Bull Harmon “Bull’s Eye” (Music Masters)
  • Four Leaf Clover
    • Alan Munde “Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions” (Rebel)
    • Valerie Smith “Blame It on the Bluegrass” (Bell Buckle)
  • Green in the Blue Medley
    • Dan Crary “Guitar” (Sugar Hill)
  • Ireland
    • Bela Fleck “Inroads” (Rounder)
  • Irish Medley
    • Special Consensus “Our Little Town” (Pinecastle)
  • Irish Spring
    • The Country Gentlemen “With Ricky Skaggs on Fiddle” (Vanguard)
    • Patrick McAvenue “Rutland’s Reel” (no label)
  • Irish Tune Suite
    • Dan Crary “Jammed If I Do” (Sugar Hill)
  • Irish Sea Trilogy
    • Steve Spurgin “Distant Faces” (Sierra)
  • Last Night’s Fun
    • Bluegrass ’98 (Pinecastle)
  • Leaving Dear Old Ireland
    • Jim Watkins “Willie’s Redemption” (Barker Records)
  • Morgan Megan
    • Butch Baldassari “A Day in the Country” (Pinecastle)
  • My Wild Irish Rose
    • Larry Stephenson “On Fire” (Pinecastle)
  • Shelly in the Heather/Linda’s Reel
    • CherryHolmes “Cherryholmes” (Skaggs Family)
  • Talkin’ Cavan
    • Tim O’Brien “The Crossing” (Sugar Hill)
  • That’s an Irish Lullaby
    • Kristin Scott Benson “Straight Paths” (Pinecastle)
  • The Crossing (album of Irish themed music)
    • Tim O’Brien (Sugar Hill)
  • The Trip to Kilkerrin
    • Jerry Douglas “Glide” (MCA Masters Series)
  • The Women of Ireland/Ryestraw
    • Laurie Lewis “Love Chooses You” (Flying Fish)
  • Traditional Irish Medley
    • Bluegrass Etc.”Traveling Band” (Sierra)
  • We Irish
    • Dolly Parton “Live and Well” (Sugar Hill)
  • When the Mist Comes Again
    • Dale Ann Bradley “Catch Tomorrow” (Compass)
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